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Tangled Vines (Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Kay Bratt
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Book Description

With the bad memories of the Cultural Revolution and a life of hard work behind them, Benfu and his treasured Calla Lily are content watching their daughters blossom—six young women who they adopted as their own. But when a clue to the whereabouts of the biological daughter they lost decades ago suddenly surfaces, they begin a frantic search to find their beloved Dahlia…

Li Jin has lived thirty years at the mercy of cruel foster parents and a bleak orphanage, often surviving on the streets. But now that she has a son, she must try to make a better life for them—even if it means withstanding the abuse of a seedy foreigner in exchange for a home. But when Erik’s treatment turns truly sadistic, she must find a way to escape once and for all…

A beautiful yet haunting story about the “lost girls” of China, Tangled Vines takes us on a journey of heartbreak and then hope as we witness a woman’s quest to change her fate and a family’s last chance to untangle the lies of the past.

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    “Creating a series in which each book can be read on its own is no small thing, but Kay Bratt delivers this and more. Tangled Vines, book two in the series, continues the story of Benfu’s family, and once again I was pulled into a world I didn’t want to leave. Kay Bratt weaves a captivating tale, taking the reader on a dramatic ride all the way to a bittersweet and satisfying end. Read it. You’ll love it.” —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: 5622 KB
    • Print Length: 328 pages
    • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (December 10, 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00C6B4R96
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,777 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wish There Was a Story For Every Daughter December 10, 2013
    I have one complaint right off the bat...this is part of a trilogy. Trilogy means there is only THREE books. I want a book for every single daughter!!

    That being said, as you can see, book two of the Scavenger's Daughters did not disappoint me. I will admit to having a harder time with Dahlia's story because I can't stand women who allow themselves to be victimized by men...but, and it's a big but, the ending revealed some things about her life that made me understand her a whole lot better and she displayed amazing strength when I believe I would have crumbled. She is truly a phoenix rising from the ashes, this woman. She surprised me. I didn't like her at first, at all, but by the end of the book, I "got it".

    Ms. Bratt once again lives up to her "brand" with this title. Capturing the heart of humanity. So many people in this book are horrid and cruel but each one is counteracted with a person who cares, who loves, who wishes to help, and we need to be reminded of that, especially nowadays. We need to remember for every bad, there's a good. This book should serve as a reminder to anyone who reads it that there is both good and bad in the world and also that there is always HOPE. I think the strongest theme this time was hope. Just when you think you've hit rock bottom...

    The story in a nutshell: A continuation from book one, Linnae is running her own successful business now, the family is very proud, everything is fabulous, but her adopted parents still have a whole in their lives from the daughter they lost thirty years before. This is HER story, and it's one of heartache. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Linnae is determined to find Dahlia and reunite her with her biological parents.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Follow Linnea as she puts her heart and soul into finding Dahlia, the biological daughter of her beloved Ye Ye and Nai Nai who was abducted at birth 30 years ago. Travel with her as she puts the pieces of the puzzle together before it is too late. We are introduced to Dahlia and are immersed into her daily struggles and successes. I felt her pain, and cried. And cheered her on as she found her strength and courage.

    This book flows well from the first in the series, The Scavenger’s Daughters. It was fun to remember each character again. There is enough information on each character for this book to stand alone if you have not read the first one, but the first was great, so I recommend reading it also.

    The book was masterfully written and each page brings you deeper and deeper into the Chinese culture. Old mixed with new. Get lost into the beautifully descriptive settings and character development. Each chapter leaves you wanting to read more. Author Kay Bratt has done her homework developing the story line with interesting Chinese customs and traditions, and brings each character to life with descriptive detail and emotion.

    I highly recommend this book for adults. It has some adult content, and sensitive issues.
    I look forward to reading Bitter Winds, book 3 in Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters this spring.
    I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars So exciting, so worth the wait!! December 10, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    LOVED this story! I did read the first book of this series, The Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters, which I liked, but I enjoyed Tangled Vines even more! Kay Bratt is an excellent writer. Her knowledge of Chinese history, culture, customs, and even landscape is evident in her works. The characters in her books are artfully developed, and this reader's life has been enriched by knowing them.

    The first book of the series, The Scavenger's Daughters, introduces Benfu, the "Scavenger", who is a tortured prisoner during the Revolution, because of his family's unwillingness to denounce their position as educators. Through an unexplained act of human kindness, another young man is able to free the prisoner, who escapes to a neighboring town, where he is aided in his hiding by a young woman, Calla Lily.

    The story then moves forward several decades and we join Benfu and Calli, and their delightful and close knit family of many daughters of all ages. The daughters were all found, originally discarded by their birth families, possibly due to China's one child policy and its age old preference for a son, possibly due to special physical needs of the children, or for reasons that we may never know. The writer expertly draws the reader into caring immensely about each individual character, from the proud and loving patriarch, to each different child in the family. We also learn of the pain and heartache that Benfu and Calli have endured every day of their lives since their first daughter, their only birth child, was stolen away from them as an infant. They think of her every day, not knowing if she lived or died.

    In Tangled Vines, the story goes more in depth with one of the older daughters, Linnea, and her entrepreneurial success.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book March 6, 2014
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    This is a great following to book one of the Scavengers Daughter. It does not want to let you put it down. A super book and if you are interested on how the Chinese once treated their girl babies then this is the series to read. It will open your eyes and mind as to the lack of freedom and the mistreatment to women across this so called modern world. This does not only happen in China but in many other countries across the Far East. We still exploit women here in the United States of America.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Ever much as touching as the other two previous books in this series. Dollt
    Published 1 day ago by adrien girard
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! GREAT characters
    Great book! GREAT characters, Great intrigue and insight into the Chinese culture! Ready to read Bitter Winds next!
    Published 2 days ago by Diane M. Dvirnak
    4.0 out of 5 stars Tangled Vines
    This was beautifully written and very emotional. At times heart wrenching, a hopeful feeling remains throughout as we watch this family struggle to be together again. Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Jasmyn9
    5.0 out of 5 stars loved it Loved IT LOVED IT
    loved it Loved IT LOVED IT!!!!!
    Published 13 days ago by Charleen Ann Haveron
    3.0 out of 5 stars Tangled Vines
    The Scavenger's Daughters, the first book in the series of the same name, was engaging and interesting. Read more
    Published 24 days ago by M. Reynard
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Great follow up to The Scavenger's Daughter. Characters continue to be developed. Story continues to be engaging
    Published 27 days ago by LaQ Mary
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
    This is the second book I've read as from this series and I'll read the third as soon. as possible. The story is interesting as it introduces the after effect of the Chinese... Read more
    Published 28 days ago by chela1260
    3.0 out of 5 stars Nice story
    This a nice story, but very predictable. I have read the first book as well and this one is very like it. Read more
    Published 29 days ago by RNT
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 1 month ago by Barbara
    4.0 out of 5 stars I knew how it would end
    a predictable ending but it was a good light read. just the thing to spend a cold weekend cuddled up on the sofa with a blanket and an easy read. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by wezzie997
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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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