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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5574 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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128 of 130 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmmm! January 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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210 of 220 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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208 of 220 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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74 of 77 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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41 of 41 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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60 of 63 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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88 of 98 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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45 of 49 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Priceless
I so totally loved this book, that it was hard to see it come to an end. The author did an outstanding job developing the characters. Read more
Published 1 day ago by leahtown
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read
easy to read. touching. great detail that picture the years it describe. Although the plot is not followed in a time line, it is hard to put down until the end.
Published 2 days ago by Kindle fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgetting Tabitha
Many years ago, my grandmother had told me stories of the orphan train. I didn't ever realize the enormity of it. What a tragic beginning so many of the immigrants had. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jeannie Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written story.
A story that takes you back to a place and time when the city was a real jungle. Well written and paced.
Published 5 days ago by miramar
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasant read
Enjoyed the characters. Made you feel you were living in the slums of New York in the 19 th century.
Published 6 days ago by tam
4.0 out of 5 stars good
It was a good book. A tad slow, but I still enjoyed it.
Published 7 days ago by Samira P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this piece of history!
I enjoyed the book. I was not aquainted with the orphan train at all, and how these children were totally on their own at such an early age.
Published 7 days ago by Laura F. Houle
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book about NYC orphans and their plight
Forgetting Tabitha was a very insightful look into the children's lives in the slums of new York, the plight of many immigrants seeking freedom in the US and the trials and... Read more
Published 11 days ago by dee duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting book
Was a very good story, keep my interest the whole book.
Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgetting Tabitha
This book kept me enthralled for the past four hours. I smiled, cried and felt so caught up in the different stories. Mary is a woman to be respected, admired and followed. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Sue Craighead
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More About the Author

Julie Dewey is the author of four novels, including Forgetting Tabitha: The Story of an Orphan Train Rider, One Thousand Porches and The Back Building. Two books ranked #1 on Amazon's Best Seller List. She resides in Central New York with her husband and two children.

Her husband is a sexy trucker, her daughter's a Nashville crooner, and her son, well he hasn't figured out what he is yet but he's got time. Livin' Large is Julie's first book series and she applies the motto to her own life. Live large, love life, and be happy, dammit!

To learn more about Julie, visit her web-site at www.juliedewey.com or join her community on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjuliedewey

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