The Orphan Collector
Ellen Marie Wiseman
Published July 28, 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corp
Such a timely book, it's hard to believe that it was written well over a year ago. The first chapter felt like I was transported from 2020 and Covid 19 back to 1918 and Spanish Influenza. That chapter, that set the stage, had so many similarities to what is happening today it was eerie.
The main character is Pia Lange, a 13 year old girl, daughter of German immigrants. Her father was off to war and her mother succumbed to the flu. She was left with her twin brothers who were infants. I'm not going to summarize any more of the plot, that has already been done by the publishers and many other reviews.
Hats off to the author for all the research that was necessary to make this book what it is.
The strength of character that Pia exhibited was amazing. She endured more at her young age than many of us do in a lifetime. Yet, through all her hardships she did not give up hope. Pia carried a lot of guilt but still kept looking forward, she did not give up. I cheered for her from beginning to end. And I booed the wicked character that Pia was up against.
Some of it was hard to read, it broke my heart. This book was both plot driven and very much character driven. I have been a fan of Ellen Marie Wiseman's since I read her first book. I truly think that her writing and her stories improve with each book. I cannot wait to see what comes next!