The Orphan Collector is a roller coaster full of raw emotion that will sweep the reader away My heart ached for Pia and for such a young girl, she made adult decisions and kept a cool head while hurting emotionally All I can say is buckle up and get ready for a ride you won t believe Be prepared to spend many hours reading this historical fiction novel that you won t be able to put down.
The Orphan Collector is the second book I ve read by Ellen Marie Wiseman, and I must confess that her books grab me and pull me in instantly She had me on the first page, and by the second and third, I was already hooked as the pages turned very quickly She is a true storyteller who has honed her craft, and now I need to read her other novels This book deserves than five stars, and I will definitely be recommending it to anyone who asks if I know of a really good book.
Ellen Marie Wiseman has written a sensational, emotionally intense novel, combining the best of humanity with the worst, amidst a world war and a pandemic of staggering proportions.
Pia is 13 when influenza strikes Philadelphia, loving and bright, and with an uncanny ability to detect sickness by sheer touch She is lonely and poor, but she is lit from within by sheer determination, bravery, and a resourcefulness beyond her years Bernice is a grieving mother, driven to do the unspeakable, poisoned by prejudice and loss I experienced a roller coaster of emotions heartache, relief, dismay, hope, hate and love Pia is an extraordinary character, grief stricken and desperate, but finding an inner strength to get her through the most horrible of times Pia is going to live in my heart for a very long time This book is ideal for fans of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, As Bright As Heaven by Sue Meissner, and The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
Ellen Marie Wiseman, Acclaimed Author Of What She Left Behind And The Life She Was Given, Weaves The Stories Of Two Very Different Women Into A Page Turning Novel As Suspenseful As It Is Poignant, Set Amid One Of History S Deadliest Pandemics In The Fall Of , Thirteen Year Old German Immigrant Pia Lange Longs To Be Far From Philadelphia S Overcrowded Streets And Slums, And From The Anti German Sentiment That Compelled Her Father To Enlist In The US Army, Hoping To Prove His Loyalty But An Even Urgent Threat Has Arrived Spanish Influenza Is Spreading Through The City Soon, Dead And Dying Are Everywhere With No Food At Home, Pia Must Venture Out In Search Of Supplies, Leaving Her Infant Twin Brothers Alone Since Her Baby Died Days Ago, Bernice Groves Has Been Lost In Grief And Bitterness If Doctors Hadn T Been So Busy Tending To Hordes Of Immigrants, Perhaps They Could Have Saved Her Son When Bernice Sees Pia Leaving Her Tenement Across The Way, She Is Buoyed By A Shocking, Life Altering Decision That Leads Her On A Sinister Mission To Transform The City S Orphans And Immigrant Children Into What She Feels Are True Americans As Pia Navigates The City S Somber Neighborhoods, She Cannot Know That Her Brothers Won T Be Home When She Returns And It Will Be A Long And Arduous Journey To Learn What Happened Even As Bernice Plots To Keep The Truth Hidden At Any Cost Only With Persistence, And The Courage To Face Her Own Shame And Fear, Will Pia Put The Pieces Together And Find The Strength To Risk Everything To See Justice At Last I ll add my review closer to pub date If you haven t read Ellen Marie Wiseman s work before, you re in for a treat with her latest, The Orphan Collector Wiseman is a master of spinning tales, but notably, a gifted historian and researcher Each of her books are packed full of factually accurate details that will wow you, and this is no exception A big fan of dystopian literature and historical fiction, this book is squarely in my alley Although it can t really count as true dystopian, Wiseman paints the Spanish Flu in such vivid prose that you d believe this is some horrific, fictional future disease that will wipe out America Unbelievably, that s what really happened back in 1918 Little is noted or written in this arena, at least in popular fiction, which has earned it the appropriate nickname, the year of forgotten death Like Wiseman always does, through her extensive research, she has created a world surrounding a period of history that the reader becomes immersed in Pia, our heroine, leads us on an unforgettable journey through a death laden time period of our nation s history with a cast of characters not soon forgotten From loveable Finn, to her German born mother, Mutti, and all those she interfaces with across the novel, you re swept away to 1918 and on a perilous journey This book has it all mystery, love, death, and triumph You re left guessing some details until the final pages, not unlike many of my favorite thrillers And Wiseman is masterful with her writing, which makes the journey that much enjoyable.
The Orphan Collector is out on 7.
20, so put it on your TBR and preorder now You won t regret it.
They don t get any better than this wonderful story.
I can t wait for everyone to meet Pia Lange, a young immigrant living in the slums of Philadelphia who loses her mother during the deadly Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 and is left to take care of her twin baby brothers until her father returns from the war When they run out of supplies, Pia must leave her brothers alone to search the quarantined city for food, with no idea they will be gone when she returns
Ellen Marie Wiseman, with her gift of very descriptive writing and such detailed research, easily transports the reader to this horrible time in history when the deadly Spanish flu was spreading so quickly She makes you feel like you are there In the midst of these horrors is a young girl, battling to protect her family as she is confronted by so many villains Again, Ellen has written a book that you will not be able to put down until the end In my opinion, this is Ellen Marie Wiseman s Best.
Ever The Orphan Collector will be released July 28, 2020 It is available for pre order now at most book sources.
In the fall of 1918, thirteen year old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia s overcrowded streets and slums, and from the anti German sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the U.
S Army, hoping to prove his loyalty But an even urgent threat has arrived Spanish influenza is spreading through the city Soon, dead and dying are everywhere With no food at home, Pia must venture out in search of supplies, leaving her infant twin brothers alone.
Since her baby died days ago, Bernice Groves has been lost in grief and bitterness If doctors hadn t been so busy tending to hordes of immigrants, perhaps they could have saved her son When Bernice sees Pia leaving her tenement across the way, she is buoyed by a shocking, life altering decision that leads her on a sinister mission to transform the city s orphans and immigrant children into what she feels are true Americans As Pia navigates the city s somber neighborhoods, she cannot know that her brothers won t be home when she returns And it will be a long and arduous journey to learn what happened even as Bernice plots to keep the truth hidden at any cost Only with persistence, and the courage to face her own shame and fear, will Pia put the pieces together and find the strength to risk everything to see justice at last.
Pia lives in the poor district, her mother passes from the plague, her dad is off fighting the war,she leaves the apartment to get food for her twin baby brothers Bernice lost her baby son and her husband to this plaque, she sees Pia leave and goes to investigate and finds steals the babies Bernice makes it her mission bring immigrant children to the orphanages, so In her mind they can be raised as she believes that should be raised to be good Americans also placing children into her choice of homes She takes all this upon herself posing as the Red Cross We watch as Pia and Bernice days intersect around each other A true Ellen Marie Wiseman book that is truly written with her entire soul , and a book you will not forget anytime soon This will stay with you I am a huge fan of this author ,always have been and always will be.