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The book was great. I enjoy getting a glimpse into what my children's life may been like in China. This obviously is a work of fiction, but want to make others aware that most older children from an orphanage would not actually act like the characters in the book. They would be overstimulated and not be able to handle such things on their own such as going to a mall or knowing how to order in a restaurant. My son certainly couldn't handle any of these things on his own. I would love to read a book that wove in these realities. Otherwise, this story was engrossing. It made me laugh and cry. I can't wait to read the next in the series.
I have read several of her books, so I knew what to expect as a writer. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, but thought the book would go one direction, but it did not. I am thinking it might in the sequel though. I, along with one of the other characters, was getting irritated at one of the characters allowing herself to be manipulated. All in all a good book though, just not my favorite from this author.
Another wonderful book by Kay Bratt. Willow, Rosi, and Kai are three friends left to a Chinese orphanage. Kay's writing style has you living beside, cheering for, and feeling their pain as they are deemed "unwanted." Their common desire is only to be loved and a part of a family. The reader will admire what they do for one another as they flee the confines of the orphanage and attempt to survive a world on their own.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
My daughter and I both read this book and absolutely loved it. I have read a number of Kay Pratt's books and found her to be an excellent author. I always look for books that are written by her. I usually end up reading them more than once. We highly recommend this book. My daughter was adopted from China and enjoyed reading them also. We received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I loved this book, and the 2nd book that goes with it. The story kept me intrigued, and gave a good image of the variety of life in China. There have been books I've read about Chinese orphans, but they are about children adopted to the US. This is the first I've read from the point of view of those children left behind. When my daughter is ready, this will be a good series for her to read. I highly recommend it!
This novel is important for all orphans and those who have been abused, neglected, and abandoned by their families to read. Let this novel give you hope during the dark times, such as when we are alone, cry because we don't have a family, and wish we had a different life. Please allow this novel to give you hope that you can make a family of your own someday.
I have read several of Kay Bratt's books about abandoned Chinese children and Chinese orphanages. Kay shares from her heart and first hand experiences of volunteering in a Chinese orphanage. She does an excellent job of weaving a story and developing characters. This book has a sequel and I've already ordered for my Kindle. I can hardly wait to continue this gripping story.
I enjoyed reading the inside story of what goes on in the orphanages as the children age out. Always enjoy how the author developed her characters and we feel a part of the day to day events of Chinese life. I always stay up late reading just one more page. Can't wait to see what happens to Willow and Kia next!