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Red Skies (Tales of the Scavenger's Daughter, Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Kay Bratt
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Book Description

“I feel empty, as though I’m leaving behind a piece of myself.” As the daughter of the town scavenger, Mari grew up knowing hardship, but she could have never anticipated the struggles facing her as an adult. Feeling alone and isolated, she dreams of a better life. On the other side of town, a little girl is forced to live on the streets, but silently she longs for the one thing she’s never known—a family. Max, a struggling American photojournalist, arrives in China with only one goal in mind; to face his demons and put an end to his own unbearable suffering. In Red Skies, the fate of three people who’ve never met will converge in profound and unexpected ways.

From the bestselling author of 'A Thread Unbroken' comes a fresh glimpse into the life of Benfu's remarkable family. Be swept up in this emotional yet hope filled story of Red Skies, the fourth book set in the world of Kay Bratt’s 'Tales of The Scavenger’s Daughters'.

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From the Author

Though Red Skies is the fourth book in the Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters, I wrote it to be enjoyed as a standalone without a cliff-hanger so that a reader may read it without having to start from the first book in the Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters and without having to read another book to get the conclusion.

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 the United States. 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.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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As with all of Kay's books, I could not put this book down until I had finished it.

I felt like I was in Beijing in the apartment...watching first hand as everything unfolded right before my eyes. Kay's captivating way she intertwines her characters, the emotions, experiences, history, Mandarin, relationships... it was so real. I appreciated learning more about the street children of China and wanted to just reach out and hold them and tell them they were safe. I wiped many tears away, both happy and sad ones, as I read. I saw myself cringe, duck and shriek in terror... she makes her characters and experiences come alive.

I loved this book!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Set in the world of the Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters series, Red Skies is Kay Bratt's newest, and best yet, work.

It is another captivating story that manages to combine a story of fiction with elements of nonfiction that gives readers a look at China's history, language and culture. I am the type of reader that when I start a good book, I do not want to stop until I am done. Kay Bratt's works are definitely hard for me to fight that temptation so that I can take care of duties- I just want to read it cover-to-cover without stopping.

This title, and the other titles in the series that this one is set in, can stand alone- if you have not read the other books (though I highly recommend you do so!), you are not missing anything. If you have read the other books, she gives you glimpses into storylines from those books and it is truly a continuance. This is great, since I never want the story to end! It is also a testament to her abilities as a writer, as there is a fine line between giving so much information that you are retelling the story from another book which could bore readers who have read it and not giving enough information for those who have not read the stories in a series. Mrs. Bratt does an outstanding job of making sure both sets of readers will have an intriguing story!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Kay Bratt Must Read!! March 4, 2014
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With each new book that Ms Bratt writes, she reaches down & touches a piece of my soul. Right from the beginning of Red Skies the reader is drawn in to the story of Mari, Max & An Ni. The characters come to life as the story unfolds. As the story unfolds I laughed, cried & held my breath in anticipation.

This is the perfect companion novel to the Tales of the Scavenger' Daughters! Mari made her first appearance in Tangled Vines as one of Benfu & Calli's daughters. Red Skies tells the story of Mari's life in Beijing away from her forever family. Life is not always what it seems. We put on a show for the outside world. And then we go home, and the truth comes out. Mari's life is not what she thought it would have been. One day she sees 11 year old An Ni on a street corner begging. Mari knows that life and has An Ni on her mind. When Mari meets up with Max, a foreigner from the United States, the story gets more complicated. Max has his own devil to deal with.

I highly suggest you purchase this book to find out what happens. You will not be sorry. Kay Bratt's books are always a must read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing book by Kay Bratt March 30, 2014
By Chris M
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a huge fan of the books written by Kay Bratt, and in particular, the Tales of the Scavengers Daughters series. This book is a companion to the original three books in the series and lived up to my expectations in every way.

From the very beginning of the book, the reader is brought into the life of Mari, Benfu and Cali's oldest daughter, who is living in Beijing with her husband. At the same time, we are introduced to some street children and Max, an American in China for business and personal reasons. The lives of all of these characters are brought together throughout the book and make for both a heartbreaking and heartwarming story. The character development throughout this book, and all books by Ms Bratt, is amazing.

I've said this before, but I truly feel that Ms Bratt's novels rival those of Lisa See and Amy Tan. I love her attention to detail, character development and story telling. I love that her books focus on issues pertaining to modern day China. As an adoptive mom to one of China's lost girls, these books are near and dear to my heart. I recommend them to anyone interested in China and with this book in particular, the plight of children in China.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER & Better March 3, 2014
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Because I have a grandaughter from China, really since I was teenybopper myself I've felt a RED THREAD pull; I LOVE to read and the history and differences in cultures. Kay Bratt's book about China are on the top of my reading lists. This RED Skies is a story that everyone could enjoy! But if you read The Scavenger's Daughters, Tangled Vines DO NOT miss this one! I was given an advance copy to read for my honest opinon. BEST SO FAR!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Outstanding! April 8, 2014
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I’m an old retired soldier, and while a few romances might have snuck into my reading list, I tend to read the more testosterone-laden genres such as military fiction, action-adventure, detective, scifi, and shapeshifting. As it is not what I would normally read, I am not sure what made me purchase Red Skies. It was probably a combination of the great reviews and the setting being Beijing (I speak some Chinese and am familiar with the culture). Whatever the reason, I am so happy I bought the book. Rarely have I read anything so moving, so engrossing. I read the second half of the book in one sitting, swearing that I would read “only one more chapter,” but going on until after 3:00 AM. I read it in bed, and as I lay next to my sleeping wife, this old soldier cried as I finished the book. Like a baby. Tears rolling down my face.

What made this book special is that I cared for each and every character in it. I kept thinking about ways I could reach into the book to help them, not just little An Li and Xiao Mei, but Mari, Max, and Bolin. I wanted to “rescue” the boys who were in An Li’s gang. I wanted to do something!

Characterization was superb. Each character was different and had his or her own voice. We weren’t told that An Li was suspicious or that Max was lonely; we were shown it. And the characters were not static. Over the course of the book, they developed. Xiao Mei’s development was gratifying and fun to observe.

The setting for the story was wonderfully described. It was accurate, but not the dry travelogue-type descriptions to which some authors revert. The author’s descriptive abilities were just as good as her characterizations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this whole series but this was one you could ...
I loved this whole series but this was one you could read without having to read the first part of the stories.
Published 4 hours ago by Debbie Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars The last in a series
This is the last book in a series highlighting the life of abandoned or stolen children in China. This series is a heartbreaker. It is well written captivating the reader. Read more
Published 1 day ago by S.B.
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a Benhu's family this time centering on another ...
It was a Benhu's family this time centering on another of his children. If you read the other three books, you have to read this one, too.
Published 1 day ago by Catherine Dillon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am so glad I found this series last summer.
Published 8 days ago by Pamela Spann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed the book very much. It was very fast reading because I read the other books
Published 8 days ago by Paula Picow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 10 days ago by Charleen Ann Haveron
5.0 out of 5 stars Iteresting very good book. I hatexd to put the book down. Hope to...
Great book. I truly enjoyed it and the author. I can only hope the next sequels will be as good. Loved the book. Thanks.
Published 10 days ago by Suzanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
Loved the book. I did not want it to end. Hope there is a continued one in the making.
Published 16 days ago by ROSE
5.0 out of 5 stars opens eyes
Opens eyes to what at times happens in China. Can be pretty frightening especially if adoption. Was this child obtained legally
Published 25 days ago by Colette O.
3.0 out of 5 stars This fourth book lost most of its appeal by moving ...
This fourth book lost most of its appeal by moving the main story to Beijing and by focusing all on the eldest daughter we (readers) didn't know. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Patrizia
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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.

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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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