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The Scavenger's Daughters (Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 4 in Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters
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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.
- File Size : 2509 KB
- Publication Date : August 13, 2013
- Print Length : 241 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (August 13, 2013)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00B5KQNZU
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,285 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Benfu could have had a life of ease but he chose independence instead. As a result of what happened to him and his wife, he becomes the savior of abandoned children; specifically girls, who are not valued in China at all, even by other women. Over the years he and his wife bring up these girls as if they were their own, and they have a life filled with love, if nothing else.
The story is sweet, but quite predictable; especially the ending. Still, you get a glimpse of the real China, and that is interesting in and of itself.
Benfu runs for his life and ends up in Wuxi, where he is protected by a young woman. He marries Calla Lily and they live a life hand-to-mouth. He scavenges through garbage to find items like paper or string, anything he can sell. But, that's not the only thing Benfu scavenges for. He and Calli dedicate themselves to raising daughters who have been abandoned by their mothers, some as babies and some as children (the oldest being 5 years when found). All the daughters - more than a dozen thus far - are named after flowers, like their mother.
As Benfu ages, life becomes more and more difficult. He develops a life-threatening illness and it looks to him as though all is lost. But, he arrives home from a lengthy stay in the hospital to find the town has rallied and his once barren courtyard is a beautiful garden. The Wuxi Town Government has sent an official to honor him for all he has done for those lost little girls. All his children, including the adults who are married with children of their own, are gathered around to welcome him.
While others around Benfu saw his life and taking in those abandoned girls as a hardship, he and Calli never did. The love in this household was tangible throughout the book. One child is mute and one child is paralyzed. All of them know their stories of how they were found, with as much as Benfu and Calli are able to tell them about their past (which isn't much under the circumstances). But, all are joyful and happy because they know they are loved "to the moon and back".
This story is masterfully told and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
Top reviews from other countries
This is the first book in the story of how a married couple, survivors of the Cultural Revolution and who have lost their own child,
devote their lives to adopting abandoned girls - 'unwanted weeds' giving them the love to blossom in to beautiful flowers.
It is well-written by an author who understands the atmosphere and culture of the country.
I can hardly wait to read the next one!
All in all, a fascinating glimpse into a world most of us know nothing about.....a simply beautiful and uplifting read.
Well done, Kay Bragg....would love to chat over a couple of glasses of wine....lol! Keep up the good work.