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Bitter Winds (Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Kay Bratt
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The third book of the Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters series, Bitter Winds continues the saga of Chinese couple Benfu and Calli, and the abandoned young women in their care.

Since the night her sister was almost burned alive in a fire and they were taken from their mother, Ivy has been the self-appointed guardian and guide to her blind twin, Lily. When Lily is snatched away and put behind locked doors, Ivy will do whatever it takes to get her sister home, even it means putting her own life in danger.

After Benfu and Calli’s long-lost daughter, Li Jin, is finally reunited with her birth parents, she opens a shelter for displaced people, turning her fortune from destitution and abuse to family and fulfillment. But her friend Sami remains consumed by bitterness—and Li Jin soon realizes she needs to make a difficult choice between revisiting the past or nurturing her own future.



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“Kay Bratt has done it again! Bitter Winds is a story of loyalty and commitment that will stay with you long after the last page is turned. You don’t have to read the first two books in the series to enjoy this novel, but you’ll want to. I devoured all three books and hope there will be another.” —Karen McQuestion, bestselling author of The Long Way Home

About the Author

Kay Bratt is a child advocate and author of the books Train to Nowhere, Chasing China, The Bridge, A Thread Unbroken, and the acclaimed memoir of the years she spent working in Chinese orphanages, Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage. She has actively volunteered for several nonprofit organizations, including An Orphan’s Wish (AOW) and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children. In China, she was honored with the Pride of the City award for humanitarian work. After living in China for several years, Bratt now resides in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina, with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat.


Product Details

  • File Size: 6121 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477848991
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (April 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DLOZ160
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful but not pretty April 8, 2014
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The epic love and sacrifice of hard working, loyal people is a beautiful story to read, but it is not pretty and is ugly to think about.
Forced prostitution of young girls by family members, abandonment of female babies, abuse of the poor by the community and government, all very hard to think about.

This story draws you in with the little details of daily struggles to survive and makes you want to root for a happy ending for everyone of the characters. Life is not a fairy tale and for every silver lining there, unfortunately, is a deep, dark cloud. Loving grandparents, aunties, friends, ghosts, mental patients, cruel and harsh prison guards, beggars, thieves, sweet babies all join forces to make for an interesting saga.

I have an interest in Chinese culture and the storyline of how Falun gong is addressed was of great interest to me. I don't know anything at all about the practice, but I do know that people were very afraid to be associated with it. On a trip to China in 2004, our bus was held up for hours on a county road. We, 14 foreigners, stepped out of the bus to stretch and practice some qigong and tai chi. Our driver got very upset and begged us to stop because he did not want officials to think we were Falun gong practitioners.

The glossary was a big help, as I do not speak any Chinese, but I am starting to absorb a few words , here and there.

I was given this and Tangled Vines to review as a Vine reader. I will now backtrack and buy the first in the series, as well as other tomes by Kay Bratt. She is now on my favored list, along with Lisa See, Matthew Polly and Deng Ming-Dao.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Please note that in exchange for an honest review, I received a courtesy copy of this book.

In Bitter Winds, Kay continues to weave tales that transcend cultural differences to show what we have in common- love and family, whether that family is by blood or adoption. The emotion that she is able to make the readers feel is outstanding, and I again have to compliment the way she can include so much of the language, history and culture of China into a story that is fictional.

We continue to learn about the family that Benfu and his wife have built, with glimpses at some of the story lines in the other books in this series but it is not very repetitive, meaning you are not reading the same story over again. You are also not missing out on anything if you have not yet read the other books (but please do!) because each of these books are great standalone books in addition to being part of the series.

What I especially like about Mrs. Bratt's books would be that they are not obvious- I do not know at the beginning what is going to happen so it truly is something to read that captivates my attention and keeps me engaged- and wanting more, long before the next book is available.

Kay pulls from her own experience from living in China and doing humanitarian work while both there and from abroad along with research she does to make sure the story is accurate and she manages to include details that really make the story seem real as you are reading along.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happily ever after - not quite yet August 30, 2014
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The third book in Kay Bratt's "Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters" series, set in today's China, opens with Benfu's and Callie's family, friends and partners working to keep their new shelter for the homeless and the unwanted going. However, not all is perfect. While the other characters are engrossed in their jobs, Sami (Li-Jin's friend) is constantly irritable, moody and reluctant to mother her newborn. But this pales next to the trouble the sixteen-year-old twins, Lily, who is blind, and her sister Ivy, are about to find themselves in. When Lily is discovered by Chinese officials performing her violin in public, she's taken into custody, from which she can only be released by her family paying a hefty fine they don't have the money for. (Reading this, I was reminded of the recent news story in which an American mother was punished for letting her daughter play in the park while she worked.) Believing Lily (or just pretending) to be a member of a cult, she's incarcerated in a mental hospital, which means her family must now deal with a labyrinth of regulations and requirements in order to free their daughter.

Through Lily's story, "Bitter Winds," gives the reader a sobering look at how the mentally ill, the physically disabled and the homeless are treated in China. Commitment to a mental hospital is still used as a punishment for those who the government needs to scapegoat, including those who support unpopular political causes or practice different religions. Like the previous books, it also explores how women are treated and the consequences of being considered unwanted from birth. Although there is a lot of telling rather than showing, "Bitter Winds" had enough likeable characters to keep me engaged.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BITTER WINDS April 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
DEAR AMAZON READERS, WHAT A TREAT YOU HAVE IN STORE....AUTHOR KAY BRATT HAS LAUNCHED HER LATEST BOOK, BOOK THREE OF THE SCAVENGER'S DAUGHTERS, "BITTER WINDS" TODAY.

WITHOUT GIVING YOU TOO MUCH INFORMATION, THE CONTINUATION OF THE SCAVENGER'S BLOOD DAUGHTER, JUST JOINED HER BIRTH PARENTS, PLAYS A HUGE PART IN THE NEW LIFESTYLE OF THE ENTIRE FAMILY.

I SO ENJOYED THE CLOSENESS OF THEIR TWINS, LILLY AND IVY WHERE YOU WILL ENJOY THE MAJORITY OF THIS BOOK. PORTRAYS THEIR LOVE OF EACH OTHER. I BELIEVE OUR AUTHOR KAY IS ALSO A TWIN TO HER SISTER LISA......WHO WOULD KNOW BETTER?

THE LOVE, WARMTH AND CLOSENESS OF THIS CONTINUED STORY ONLY GETS BETTER WITH EACH BOOK.

YOU GO GIRL, KAY BRATT, MORE SEQUELS TO OUR BELOVED SCAVENGER'S DAUGHTERS...... I NOW FEEL PART OF THIS LOVELY FAMILY. DON'T MISS IT!! I PROMISE YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK.

KUDOS TO YOU, I HAVE READ EVERY BOOK THIS MARVELOUS AUTHOR HAS WRITTEN........PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

HARRIET PHILLIPS
VENICE, FL

*I received an advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars this is really good! Characters come alive and grow to be people ...
No details or summary would do this justice - you really must read it for yourself. Suffice it to say, this is really good! Read more
Published 1 day ago by shellee bratton
5.0 out of 5 stars Kay Bratt has me hooked.
It has been a long time since I have read a series of books, but Bitter Winds did not disappoint. I love the family, the history and culture. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Nancy Sager
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the characters and the peaks into Chinese culture
I love the characters and the peaks into Chinese culture. Good story of family and strength.
Published 3 days ago by Leslie Harlan Olson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 8 days ago by Prudy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Am awaiting the next one in the series!!
Published 10 days ago by Erma Jane Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars This story had a couple of "flat" spots, but ...
This story had a couple of "flat" spots, but I continued to read it and in the end it was worth the time.
Published 11 days ago by Getagrip
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series of unforgettable people in China
Excellent series of unforgettable people in China. Gives you an entirely new perspective of life as many never experience it. Love following the characters as they grow older.
Published 11 days ago by Mary Kramer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
So interesting.
Published 12 days ago by Jermaine J. McCarthy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Looking forward to reading the next book
A continuing story of Benhu and his wife, Calla after they find their biological daughter and bring her back to their home. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Catherine Dillon
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong third installment in the series
This is the third book in an engaging series, so be sure to start with the first, The Scavenger's Daughter. Read more
Published 15 days ago by N. Robinson
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More About the Author

Kay Bratt is a child advocate and author who lived in China for almost five years and fell in love enough with the people to want to write about them forever. If you would like to read more about what started her career as an author, and also meet the children she knew and loved in China, read her poignant and best selling memoir titled Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage.

From Kay: To be notified when new books are released, please sign up for my monthly email newsletter at www.kaybratt.com or at this link: http://eepurl.com/q9_2X

The Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters now has four books! See below for what order to read them:

The Scavenger's Daughters
Tangled Vines
Bitter Winds
Red Skies



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