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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451669127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451669121
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gately brings her real life as a humanitarian aid worker and nurse into the realm of fiction in the guise of United Nations nurse Abby Monroe. Abby is on her way to her first assignment, in Peshawar, Pakistan, but has a layover in Geneva first. There she witnesses a woman falling to her death, but the body is gone when the police arrive. Abby is haunted by the woman’s death, especially by the distinctive bejeweled bracelet on the dead woman’s arm. She arrives in Peshawar to track statistics on a UN vaccination program but quickly meets a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who is supposedly there to interview an American nurse braving the politically unstable Pakistan. In reality, he is there to write an exposé about human trafficking. It’s a horrific story but one that would have been better served by Gately showing more and telling less. There is a tepid romance between the reporter and the nurse and just enough suspense to keep the pages turning, but it is the realities of life in Pakistan that give the novel its primary appeal. --Stacy Alesi

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"Roberta Gately uses her experiences working with refugees and traveling in the Middle East to take readers on a thrilling, highly visual trip into the world of human trafficking in Pakistan. The Bracelet is a pleasure from page one, and hard to put down until the very last page." -- Jennifer Haupt, I'll Stand by You: One Woman's Mission to Heal the Children of the World

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A nurse, humanitarian aid worker, and writer, Roberta Gately has served in 3rd world war zones ranging from Africa to Afghanistan. She has written on the subject of refugees for the Journal of Emergency Nursing and the BBC World News Online. She speaks regularly on the plight of the world's refugees and displaced.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on November 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
I received this book from the publisher Thanks Gallery!! Again this is one of my branch out books. Not something I would normally read. But this book was so good. I love the cover its beautiful and classic. This story will grip you and not let you go until the end. A book about a real issue we face today. Human Trafficking is really something we have to worry about. My mother had a brush with this when she was a teen. She had applied for a babysitting job that would allow her to travel the world with the family. And at 18 that seemed wonderful. So she set up a time to meet. When she got to the house it was swarming with police. She later found out that they had been kidnapping young woman and sending them over seas. So read this book it will move you!
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on November 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Roberta Gately's debut, LIPSTICK IN AFGHANISTAN, drew from the author's real-life experiences to capture the life of a young American nurse working for an aid agency in post-9/11 Afghanistan. Her second novel, THE BRACELET, once again focuses on a young American nurse, this time working in Pakistan, where the stakes for both the nurse and the people with whom she works are even higher.

Abby Howell has been working as a nurse in Boston ever since Hurricane Katrina caused her to leave her native New Orleans. Now, in the wake of a failed long-term relationship, Abby finds herself longing to run away again, even farther this time. On a whim, she applies to work on a United Nations vaccination study in Pakistan, a country she has never visited and knows very little about.

"THE BRACELET vividly portrays the real-life crisis of human trafficking, a global problem Gately also outlines in her author's afterword.... Gately is at her best when describing the milieu of this unfamiliar place and Abby's uneasiness with trying to find her way there."

While in Geneva for her UN debriefing before heading to Pakistan, Abby witnesses a scene that will continue to haunt her for months: a young woman falling --- or perhaps being pushed --- to her death from a balcony onto the street below. But when she fetches the police and returns to the scene, the body is gone. Once she's in Pakistan, Abby can't stop having nightmares about this woman and about her own helplessness in the face of the tragedy.

And talk about feeling helpless --- in Pakistan, Abby discovers that she's not used to feeling so dependent on other people for her safety and security, nor to the feeling of powerlessness in the face of the abject poverty and violence that surrounds her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Martin on November 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
After reading Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately, I was hooked. This author has a wonderful way of bringing her characters to life along with foreign lands that I've never set foot, but have only visited through the pages of her incredible story. The Bracelet is Gately's second novel and like the first, I couldn't put it down once I got started. It is the story of Abby Monroe, a UN worker who stumbles upon the world of human trafficking after witnessing a brutal murder. The stories of the victims are chilling and make you cheer for Monroe and The New York Times reporter whom she joins forces with as she travels through dangerous territory searching for victims and the ring leaders responsible for these heinous crimes. It is full of suprises and unexpected turns and in the end, I wished I hadn't read so quickly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By marcia on November 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Loved this book, not being much of a reader, I picked up Lipstick in Afghanistan 2 years ago and fell in love with Gatley's writing. Read her Book in 2 days, brought me back to reading, thank you for your faboulus way of putting pen to paper Roberta.
When I realized Ms. Gatley wrote a new book I scooped it up and read it in 2-3 days.
Again, fabulous writing, mystery, suspence and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing and reading, devouring every word.
Thank you again and again!
Marcia
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kay Dedham on November 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I stayed up late into the night finishing Roberta Gateley' "The Bracelet". We hear about Pakistan in the news, but this book brings the country to life. An American nurse working for the UN in Pakistan becomes aware of what can happen to women if they are ensnared in human trafficking. "The Bracelet" grabs your attention and leaves you wanting to know more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SUSAN G. RICHARD on November 14, 2012
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I've been waiting for this book from one of my favorite authors and I wasn't disappointed. When nurse Abby Monroe is jilted by her boyfriend, laid off from her job, and reaches her milestone 30th birthday, she takes to her bed with vodka and chocolate. But not for long. Abby takes a job with the UN in one of the world's most dangerous places, and as if that weren't gripping enough, she witnesses a murder while traveling to her post. In Pakistan, she meets New York Times reporter Nick Sinclair, and the two immediately clash until they realize they've been targeted by a human trafficking ring, and must join forces to piece together the clues. Mystery, suspense, romance, explosive ending - this book has it all. A must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Hanson on July 11, 2013
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I really enjoyed this second novel, her first being Lipstick in Afghanistan. In "The Bracelet", we meet another heroine, Abby Monroe, who risks the comforts of her life in the US to serve as a U.N. aide in Peshawar, Pakistan. Before leaving, Abby witnesses a woman falling from a balcony to her death. Was it an accident? or was she pushed. A stunning bracelet adorns the arm of the young victim. And when the body disappears before the police arrive, Abby becomes more convinced the girl was the victim of foul play. When the bracelet reappears on the arm of another young woman and "friend", the mystery deepens. In her work in the U.N. camp, and with her handsome new acquaintance and N.Y. Times reporter,by her side, Abby learns the personal stories of young girls who have managed to escape from lives as sex slaves. A very enlightening and entertaining sstory..
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