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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.

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  • 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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,162 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
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit trite June 19, 2014
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This book tells the story of a Chinese family searching for their lost daughter, taken from them during the Cultural Revolution. Benfu and Calli's daughter Dahlia was taken from them when she was a baby. A chance encounter between their daughter Linnea and a shopkeeper suggests that Dahlia may still be alive. Linnea takes off on a journey to find Dahlia, who is struggling to get out of an abusive relationship.

The storyline in this book is compelling. It was interesting to see a book set in rural China, as so much fiction about China seems to be focused on the big cities. This is the second book in a series, but the author provides enough background that the reader can jump in to this book and read with no problems. I wanted to like this book, but there was something about the writing that left me flat and unable to enjoy it. The story ends up being very schmaltzy, even though it sounds like it should not. The violence of the Cultural Revolution and domestic abuse are serious topics, and, yet, there's a feel-good aura about the book and it's pretty clear that everything's going to be okay. I never really doubted that Li Jin would be okay, or that she would be reunited with her parents. Without that feeling that things really could go wrong, I had a hard time investing myself. The characters also seemed like they had been "American-washed." I often felt like I could have been reading about Americans, not necessarily due to the specifics of the plot, but in the way the characters were drawn. In sum, I've read other books about modern China that I've liked much better.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 18 hours ago by Prudy
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the characters and what I am learning about Chinese ...
I can't stop reading about the Zheng family. Kay Bratt has me hooked on this series. I love the characters and what I am learning about Chinese history and culture.
Published 4 days ago by Nancy Sager
3.0 out of 5 stars loved it. This book was good but the story ...
The first book scavengers daughters was absolutelyvgreat, loved it. This book was good but the story dragged a lot in several places which was totally unlike the first book. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Aarya35
5.0 out of 5 stars great reading
So loved the first book , I had to read all 4 of them. A lot of twist and turns in all of them. If Kay Bratt writes another one I would buy it .
Published 9 days ago by patz
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend the ongoing saga of the Zheng family
I enjoyed the further adventures of the Zheng family. I love all the Chinese culture depicted. Watching the scavenger's daughter's mature, seeing their different talents portrayed... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Phyllis Godwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed learning more about the daughters and the other characters in the story.
Published 11 days ago by Margaret Might
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the series.
Published 12 days ago by mg
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Read all 4 books they are great.
Published 13 days ago by Donna F Day
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a continuation of the first book's story. ...
It was a continuation of the first book's story. Done very well. You learn more about the family.....but not everything.... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Catherine Dillon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved the whole series great read!
Published 14 days ago by Holly Friedman
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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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