Another excellent Historical Fiction Novel by Ellen Marie Wiseman

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When I realized that Ellen Marie Wiseman was soon to release a new book, I knew I would have to read it. I have read all of her previous novels and I find her to be such a wonderful writer. When I found out The Orphan collector was about the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, I immediately put down the book that I was previously reading to start The Orphan Collector.
I was not disappointed. From the first page I was drawn into the story about the pandemic and the main character, Pia. Pia is only 13 years old when the flu ravaged Philadelphia. What happens to Pia and her family is heartbreaking but the book was so engrossing I could not put it down. It is a very strange coincidence that The Orphan Collector is being released while we are in the mist of our own pandemic, Covid 19, in 2020. The book gives hope and encouragement that this too, shall pass. I give The Orphan Collector a solid five stars. I received an ARC from Bookish First and the publisher, Kensington Press. This is my unbiased review.