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Forgetting Tabitha the Story of an Orphan Train Rider [Kindle Edition]

Julie Dewey
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Book Description

Raised on a farm outside of Westchester County, Tabitha Salt, the daughter of Irish immigrants, leads a sheltered existence. When tragedy strikes the family, the ten year old and her mother are forced to move to the notorious Five Points District in New York City. Known for its brothels, gangs, gambling halls, corrupt politicians, and thieves, the Five Points is a chaotic slum. The women find work as laundresses, struggling every day to survive in their squalid living conditions.
When tragedy strikes again, Tabitha finds herself on the streets of New York City, alone. Summoning her courage and willing her legs that are numb with fear and grief to move, she takes to a life on the streets. Stealing food and running from the law, Tabitha dreams of the future. On the streets she meets Scotty, a ruffian who had been on his own for some time, even though he was still a young boy. Together, they team up and learn to adapt.
During this time the Sisters of Charity were plucking orphans off the streets with promises of a new life. Children were told to forget their pasts, including their religious beliefs, families, and names. They were to become Christian and were given new identities, only then could they board the orphan trains. The orphan trains carried the destitute children out west in search of new homes. Siblings were often ripped apart and many didn’t find homes but became indentured workers in exchange for room and board.
The looming decision would alter her life course; boarding the train meant leaving everything and everyone she knew behind, even Scotty. Vulnerable and afraid she made her decision.
The story is a true to life chronicle reflecting the saga of hundreds of thousands of homeless or neglected children who were placed on orphan trains from 1854 to 1929. The orphan train movement led to numerous reforms having to do with welfare and child labor laws. Many people believe it is the origin of modern foster care. Unfortunately, as you will see in the book, not all children had fairy tale endings, some resorted to prostitution for survival, proving that the will to live is stronger than the just about anything.


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About the Author

Julie Dewey is a novelist who resides with her family in Central New York. Her daughter is a singer/songwriter, and her son is a boxer. Her husband is an all-around hard working, fantastic guy with gorgeous blue eyes that had her falling for him the moment they met. In addition to researching and writing she is an avid reader. She is also passionate about jewelry design and gemstones. She loves anything creative, whether it be knitting, stamping, scrapping, decoupaging, working with metal, or decorating. Visit her at www.juliedewey.com to get your reading guide for this book and to read an excerpt from One Thousand Porches, her second novel.

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  • File Size: 5573 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JWCD Press (July 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E4W4984
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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121 of 122 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmmm! January 29, 2014
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The book had great potential,I had actually looked forward to reading this. Then the sex,sex,sex with very graphic description and it did not enhance the book in anyway! To think I almost shared this with my young daughter as the title suggested a part of history for America not often discussed. Very disappointed !
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200 of 209 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed August 16, 2013
By Karna
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heard of the orphan trains and was excited to learn more. I enjoyed the first 50% of the book where the system of finding homes for the orphans was explained. Meeting each character in the book brought the personal touch. However, about 50% into the book it took the turn with all the sexual scenes and that just turned me off. I understand prostitution occurred and the sidelines of despair for those involved, but I could have well done without the explicit sexual scenes. I feel the book could have stood alone without such detail. Wouldn't it have been wonderful to be able to recommend this book to anyone over 12 without reservation in order that they see and get a feel for the history involved as well as the story line between each character. Cannot do that and put the images into their minds of the sex scenes, especially the one with the beating and despicable harm to Gert. Withdrawing as my recommendation for my bookclub choice for November.
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200 of 211 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Best to Forget Tabitha August 13, 2013
By Aliz
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The contemporary words used; Gestapo, noogie, juvy hall take credibility away from this attempt at historical fiction. Also, much of the dialogue and interactions did not give the feel of the time period.

Suggestion for writing in this period; immerse yourself into the children's literature of the time period in the 19th century.

The graphic sexual aspects of the book could have been written more tastefully to get the same message across. As a result of the content, it is inappropriate for young adults and the serious adult reader. The credible reader knows that children have been sexually exploited in the past, the present, and unfortunately will be in the future - It is a fact of life - The 'way' that it is written in this story, 'fiction' or not; is a turn off for this reader.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
By TeeKay
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This book purported to be about a girl who rode the Orphan Train, so I downloaded it. The first several chapters are interesting and deal with the life of a girl who found a new family via the Orphan Train. After that, however, the book starts jumping all over the place, talking about other random characters, and it becomes blatant pornography. Don't even bother reading this book.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Forgetting Tabitha October 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Forgetting Tabitha threw me for a loop. The blurb described a touching portrait of a child's experiences on the orphan train when in truth Julie Dewey's story is a much stronger tale about both the immediate impact and long term repercussions endured by those entrusted to the care of the program.

Far from being a children's story, Forgetting Tabitha touches on some pretty heavy content including, but not limited to, the world's oldest profession. Now I don't much care one way or the other, but I will say I appreciate the courage Dewey exhibits in taking this story where she felt it needed to go and in no way criticize her for driving home the intensity of this awful reality in her narrative.

Similarly, Dewey's description of the Five Points is both bleak and violent. Overcrowded and poor, life in this section of the city was a daily struggle for its inhabitants and here again, I liked that Dewey wasn't intimidated by graphic subject matter or tempted to tone it down to make it more palatable for modern readers.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the sections that focused on the orphan train, but it was the idea that these kids were leaving difficult and dangerous circumstances and weren't always landing on their feet that captured my attention. Some were essentially hired hands, others little more than indentured servants, and while a fair few managed to find loving homes, their lives were often dogged by the shadow of the pasts. I knew the material fairly well going into this piece, but even so, was impressed with Dewey's treatment of it.

When all is said and done, Forgetting Tabitha is not a book to be judged by its cover. Heart-wrenchingly poignant, Tabitha's experiences along with those of the other orphan train riders are highly indicative of the history that inspired Dewey to put pen to paper and create this illuminating story of endurance, fortitude and hope.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Strange book. August 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Starts out interesting, but in the middle it becomes a diary of sexual trysts + infidelities, completely losing the original plot. I ended up skipping 1/3 of the book + went to the epilogue. Too bad the story lost its way. It would've been much better had it followed the original plot. Not everyone enjoys reading about sexual exploits.
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80 of 89 people found the following review helpful
By HBLB
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If zero stars would work that would be my rating I would describe this novel as ponographic Thought it would be a work of historical fiction about the orphan trains; instead just a vehicle for an x-rated "bodice ripper". The "SAMPLE" gives no indication of the kind of work this really is. I read til I realized there was no redeaming value here. Requested a refund for purchase price from Amazon.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pass on it. May 19, 2014
By Lin
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The novel started on a solid note but lost it quickly. The plot became nonsensical and hard to believe. Don't waste your time or money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I enjoyed this so Mich. I could actually see, hear, and feel the story from each characters prospective. Great story.
Published 3 hours ago by racheld33
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgetting Tabitha
I loved this story, even the gritty parts making it seem real.

Thank you, Julie Dewey, for sharing this wonderful novel.

Debbie Hurford
Published 8 hours ago by Unknown
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Until it Turned Trashy
This story derailed about halfway through; I was finally getting into the characters and storyline, then out of the blue it turned trashy, recounting detailed escapades of a 13... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by C. Alderfer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Compelling and a great read. Definitely a page turner and I never wanted to put it down! Wonderfully and beautifully written
Published 20 hours ago by Kayte
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming.
A good perspective of the hardships of immigrants in the 1800's, and the need to find 'family' for so many.
Published 1 day ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I really enjoyed this book. It's not a true story, but it could have been.
Published 1 day ago by Penelope Curran
5.0 out of 5 stars Orphan Train Movement in the United States
The history in this book is fascinating and the stories about orphans very touching and well written. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mary L. Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. I also read the Orphan Train about ...
Excellent book. I also read the Orphan Train about the same period. I recommend it also.
Published 1 day ago by Joan R. Onffroy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
slow to start but well worth the read
Published 1 day ago by Amanda Royle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty Graphic in spots. But good story telling of all she went through.
Published 1 day ago by Margaret Hutchison
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Julie Dewey is a novelist living in Central New York with her family. Her daughter is a Nashville crooner and her son is a boxer, her husband is an all around fabulous guy with gorgeous blue eyes that had her at first glance.

Julie enjoys anything creative, she loves to make jewelry and is passionate about gemstones. When she isn't writing, she can be found in her office decoupaging, stamping, knitting, working with metal, or scrapping.

Visit me at www.juliedewey.com and join my fan club for updates and new book releases.

Also like me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjuliedewey

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