Tuesday, August 4, 2020

LAUNCH DAY - The Orphan Collector - 8/4/2020

Happy Publication Day!!
Information in this post other than my review is courtesy of Vida Engstrand of Kensington Books.
It’s launch day for The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman, a moving and timely novel set during the 1918 influenza pandemic!

The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman offers a vivid portrait of life in America during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. You’ll be amazed to read about how things have – and have not – changed since the last time a global pandemic brought the world to its knees!
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It’s 1918, and the Spanish flu is running rampant. Family members are passing away right in front of their loved ones' eyes, food is scarce, and the living conditions in the tenement and slums are deplorable.

The flu took Pia’s mother, and then Pia is left with the care of her twin infant brothers since her father was fighting in the war. Pia was doing well until she needed to leave the house to find food. She didn't take her brothers because they would be too much to carry, but she wouldn’t be gone long.

We then meet Bernice. Bernice is a distraught mother in another building whose baby had passed away from the flu and who saw Pia leaving without her twin brothers and decided she would take them for her own.

We follow Pia as she struggles with her life and the guilt about leaving her brothers. You will feel sorry for Pia. 

You will not feel sorry for Bernice because of her deceitful, unethical, uncaring ways.

Ms. Wiseman's description of the plight of the people of Philadelphia during the pandemic is exceptional.  You will feel every emotion the characters are feeling.

THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR is an outstanding novel that touches on human empathy as well as people taking advantage of others.  


You will see the similarities to the pandemic of 2020 but hope something good happens to Pia.  

THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR is heart wrenching but will have you glued to the pages as well as have you wondering what evil deed Bernice will do next.

A highly recommended book for historical fiction and suspense fans. 5/5 

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.