Happy Tuesday, readers! This week has been designated a ‘choose your own topic’ week by That Artsy Reader Girl, and since this weekend has been all about steam trains at our house, I thought I would do a train theme for this week.
Each year, the Hunter Valley (NSW) has an event called Hunter Valley Steamfest, celebrating steam technology in all its different guises but most particularly steam trains. And it’s the most exciting weekend of the entire year as far as my kids are concerned! So, in celebration, here are my top ten books featuring trains!
The Railway Children – Edith Nesbit
Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
To Wager Her Heart – Tamera Alexander
Sylas Rutledge has just invested everything he has in his purchase of the Northeast Line Railroad, and one man holds the key to his success. At the same time, he’s hoping to clear his father’s name in relation to the devastating crash that took place a year ago.
With You Always – Jody Hedlund
This is the first book in Jody Hedlund’s Orphan Train series, which pretty much speaks for itself as far as relating to today’s topic! I haven’t read this one yet, but book two, Together Forever, comes out in just two weeks.
Life After – Katie Ganshert
A Higher Justice – James Scott Bell
I’d forgotten about this series until I went trawling through my Goodreads list. Book five in a series about a young female lawyer in 1900s San Francisco who takes on the case of a young boy who was killed by a street trolley (yes, I’m stretching ‘train’ here a little!). In my defense, she does go up against a coalition of railroad men and politicians.
The Girl From the Train – Irma Joubert
For Such a Time as This – Kate Breslin
Okay, now I’m beginning to clutch at straws. The train only comes into the story towards the end, but it was a pretty tense ending from what I remember. (It’s a few years since I read this one). An Esther-inspired story set in World War II, so it’s worth a read, even if the train connection is slim!
Prince Caspian – C. S. Lewis
Um, remember clutching at straws? The Pevensie children are sitting on a station at the beginning, waiting for a train, when they’re called to Narnia. And they end up back at the station… That counts, right?
The Thorn Healer – Pepper Basham
There’s a train on the cover! Um…and I think she arrives to her home town on a train? (Someone help me out here). But seriously, this is a great read, and I do love the train on the cover, so it might as well be on the list. 😉 Plus, it gets me to ten.
Are you a train lover? Or have you read a book that features trains? Do share!