This story could not be more timely as we deal with the current pandemic. There were lots of parallels between the story and what's happening in the current world. The Orphan Collector takes place in Philadelphia during the 1918 flu epidemic. It focuses on a young girl named Pia, 13 years old at the time. When the flu came, Pia was living with her twin infant brothers and her mother. Her father was overseas in the service. Her family was German, and they had a tough time as a result. As time goes on, Pia finds herself dealing with a slew of horrible events while trying to hold it together.
This is the best book I've read in a long time. The rollercoaster of emotions was extraordinarily. I felt happy, angry, despair, sadness, and hopeful as the story kept taking turns. Pia was such a wonderful character and I felt for her throughout. The way that the emotions were written into the story were wonderful. I really felt for the characters. I can not recommend this book enough.