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Ellen Marie Wiseman, acclaimed author of What She Left Behind and The Life She Was Given, weaves the stories of two very different women into a thrilling novel as suspenseful as it is poignant, set amid one of history's deadliest pandemics. 

In the fall of 1918, 13-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia's overcrowded streets and slums, and from the anti-German sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the US Army, hoping to prove his loyalty. But an even more urgent threat has arrived. Spanish influenza is spreading through the city. Soon, dead and dying are everywhere. With no food at home, Pia must venture out in search of supplies, leaving her infant twin brothers alone....

Since her baby died days ago, Bernice Groves has been lost in grief and bitterness. If doctors hadn't been so busy tending to hordes of immigrants, perhaps they could have saved her son. When Bernice sees Pia leaving her tenement across the way, she is buoyed by a shocking, life-altering decision that leads her on a sinister mission: to transform the city's orphans and immigrant children into what she feels are "true Americans". 

As Pia navigates the city's somber neighborhoods, she cannot know that her brothers won't be home when she returns. And it will be a long and arduous journey to learn what happened - even as Bernice plots to keep the truth hidden at any cost. Only with persistence, and the courage to face her own shame and fear, will Pia put the pieces together and find the strength to risk everything to see justice at last.

©2020 Ellen Marie Wiseman (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • Gabriel Newman
  • 06-08-2020

Author is an AMAZING storyteller!

I have read all of Ellen’s books and each one is fantastic. What I love about this book in particular, is that she kept expanding the storyline. I never could predict what would come next. I wish this book would turn into a movie.

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  • MaryAnn
  • 17-08-2020

I learned a lot about the 1917 Spanish Flu. It’s surprising how

One recognizes things from today. The fear, the isolation. Of corse 1917 was much worse than anything we’ve ever experienced. The narrator was exceptionally good. The main character goes through hell but the Ms Botchan manages to keep the story moving along despite having to struggle intensely just to stay alive.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-11-2020

A great (and timely) read

I chose this book as it was our book club selection, and I’m glad I did. The story was fascinating, with enough historical fact to make it plausible and frightening. The reader did a phenomenal job: her voice was never annoying or tedious, and I enjoyed her rendition.

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  • Jason E Burgher
  • 13-08-2020

read it

this book was heartbreakingly wonderful, I didn't want it to end. the narration was perfect, this book will haunt me for quite some time. Would be an excellent movie

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  • Luselle
  • 04-12-2020

No.

Could, whomever are the powers that BE, please!, get rid of these “Performance Narrators/actors”, who are so awful they totally Ruin the story? I can’t listen anymore! Even with fast forwarding in sections🙉🙈🙉🙉🙉

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  • NEgranny
  • 02-12-2020

Timely

This book put today’s Covid-19 into a real perspective compared to life during the Spanish flu. Not fine literature but a great read.

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  • S. P. Heller
  • 01-12-2020

If One Can Suffer Through The Narration, It’s Meh

I’m astonished that I made it to the end of this book! The narration was truly terrible. The narrator read as though it was her first time reading aloud. Her cadence it was off and had all these misplaced pauses as if she was unfamiliar with the material; it was incredibly frustrating and did nothing to enhance the mediocre writing. Ms. Not han drives her character development over and over without variation. It’s been a long time since I‘be read or listened to a book which I could easily skip over multiple “pages,” right through to the end, and missing nothing pertaining to the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-11-2020

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If you can get through the first half, the second-half is worth it! Recommend !

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  • Deserae S.
  • 23-11-2020

absolutely amazing book and equal performance

this book was a pleasure to listen to, an amazing story that put me on the edge of my seat time and time again.

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  • Paul & Fonda Moll
  • 14-11-2020

Page turner !

Glad all parts of this book were not factual ! Very well written and suspenseful ! I enjoyed it.

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  • Shazza
  • 04-09-2020

kept on reading

loved it.... kept me gripped throughout the book to find out what is about to happen next and whether she will find her brothers.

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