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The Orphan Collector

THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR - Ellen Marie Wiseman

“The Orphan Collector” is a historical fiction novel written by Ellen Marie Wiseman. Set in Philadelphia during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, it follows the story of Pia Lange, a German immigrant and a widow, struggling to survive in a city gripped by disease, fear, and prejudice.

When the Spanish flu hits Philadelphia, Pia finds herself grappling with the loss of loved ones and the responsibility of caring for her infant twin grandsons. Amidst the chaos and devastation, she encounters Bernice Groves, a local woman who is involved in a dark and sinister scheme to ‘collect’ orphaned children and profit from their suffering.

As the pandemic worsens and the number of orphaned children grows, Pia becomes increasingly determined to protect the vulnerable and expose the truth behind Bernice’s actions. Along the way, she forms unlikely alliances and discovers the strength and resilience within herself.

“The Orphan Collector” is a gripping tale of survival, compassion, and the enduring power of hope in the face of adversity. It sheds light on the social and economic inequalities of the time, as well as the resilience of communities coming together in times of crisis. Through Pia’s journey, the novel explores themes of loss, redemption, and the bonds that unite us in our darkest hours.

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