Sep 26, 2020
Tangled Vines
Posted by Kay Bratt

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 LiWith 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.

  • Title: Tangled Vines
  • Author: Kay Bratt
  • ISBN: 9781477808818
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tangled Vines 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 a

    Ebookwormy1

    Shocked by a combination of how horribly bad the first book was with how lauded this series has been, I did some research to see, Who publishes something so odious I learned a bit about Publishing imprints, one of which is Lake Union Publishing which has released this series Because of it s popularity with families who have adopted from China, I will persevere through book 2, but I don t think I will enjoy it Consider this review a Public Service Announcementat shall be completed when I am done [...]


    Tara Chevrestt

    I have one complaint right off the batis 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 menbut, 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 [...]


    Jen

    I really enjoyed this book, but the unnecessary drama at the end about 80% of the way in was just too much I skimmed to get the the end of that story arc I really did enjoy seeing the continuation of the Zheng family from the first book and look forward to reading about them, though the teaser for the next book in the back of this book seemed a bit DRAMATIC I will keep on reading, but really hope it doesn t fall into the trap of drama is what the books are about I really don t care if there is [...]


    Nancy

    Bratt is a good storyteller and, like the first book, I enjoyed this one, too But you have to be willing to suspend belief There were some pretty ridiculous plot developments.


    Sharon Powers

    The beautiful first book of this series, The Scavenger s Daughters, has continued in beauty, finesse, and wonder into the second book of this series A bridge book the middle book of a series of three is often difficult and many times lacking in substance or plot or satisfaction in movement towards any resolutions not so with Tangled Vines Where the first book was so sweet and wonderful, this book is much poignant and complexgo, Tangled Vines I really like that Kay Bratt uses Linnea to tie the t [...]


    Jim

    TANGLED VINES provides an interesting perspective into modern Chinese society, an evolving structure that is still dealing with the aftermath of Mao s one child policy and the losses caused by the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.Linnae is a young clothing designer who is just beginning to make her way in the world As this story begins, she is about to open her own store, an accomplishment she is very proud of The makeup of Linnae s family is a very unusual one in China She was raised a [...]


    Jennifer

    I enjoyed this book even than I did the first one, The Scavenger s Daughters Although written in a simplistic style the sentiment of the story is beautiful and intriguing enough to keep you turning the pages This novel concentrated less on Benfu and Calli s adopted daughters and upon their long lost biological daughter, Dahlia, and the hardships that she faced Her story is a haunting one and reminiscent of the plight of many women who are victims of domestic violence She is a strong woman and [...]


    Mary Goodwin

    GreatWonderful heart touching story Enjoyed it from beginning to end Will definitely keep your attention.looking forward to reading the 3rd book in this series.


    Brenda Rezk

    A tale of family, love, horrific wrongs, redemption, acceptance, and forgiveness Also, a tale of pain, abandonment, abuse, strength, and courage Linnea s store is going strong, and she wants to find her adoptive parents daughter who was stolen from them as an infant by her paternal grandmother The grandmother wanted them to have a son to carry on the family name, not a daughter, so she kidnapped her Benfu and Calli suspected her and shut the grandparents out of their lives and took in lots of ot [...]


    Sharon R. McLaurin

    Ms Bratt she did it again.As I was growing up I recall someone tell me about good better and best The first book in this series was Good Tangled Vines was better I enjoyed the love story of the older grandparents I want Linn and Jake to be the replacement for the grandparents But I will feel sadness with the end of the grandfather He should be in every book of the series but that isn t possible, with his age and health, I don t feel he will last another book Woo hoo he got to live long enough fo [...]


    Sandie

    This book is not quite historical, but does include some events that were common in China I loved this book I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but I loved this one even The story is sad and heavy at times, but the beauty of FAMILY spreads throughout the story and permeates every story thread in beautiful and brilliant waves The characters are lovable for the most part although Eric invokes such a feeling of hatred and anxiety This story is brilliantly told and the images are seared [...]


    Susan

    I really liked the first book in this series, this one less so but it was ok The story is still nice and so are the people This time I felt the author was struggling to make the connections happen between people so she was forcing it If I had to read one time for Jojo I would have screamed We, the reader, are so aware that this was Li Jin s motivation for everything she did I didn t need to be beaten around the head with it Still I have come to care for the characters of Callie, Benfu and Linne [...]


    Sharon Parker

    Delightful storyThis tale of the lives of some of China s lost girls is enchanting I ve been interested in literature set in China since I read Pearl Buck s The Good Earth , which was about 50 years ago I m also a huge Amy Tan fan This series will go onto my bookshelf next to those old friends It is very well written, and brings the post Mao, modern China up close and personal Also, quite a good mystery as well I recommend this book.


    John

    Wow, what an eye openerThis book is an eye opener into the Chinese cultureA couple of the characters in this book need there heads knocked together I really enjoyed the book and found it fascinating to learn about the Chinese culture I will add the next book in the series to my reading list


    Aaron

    Reader CommentsAfter reading Tangled Vines I am encouraged to be a loving and protective parent to my own kids when I have them someday Tangled Vines helped me to see that I can rise above my abused childhood and have a family of my own someday Please recommend this novel to anyone you know who is an orphan and wants a family of his or her own someday.


    Melanie

    Excellent book The author keeps me interested through this 3rd book of the series I enjoyed the continuing story of this family It helps me understand the unrest that occurred and still occurs in China Can t wait to read the next book.


    Daryl Atkins

    Intriquing tale of family love and strivesWonderful story I like learning a little China history Characters are very likable but uniquely thei own person.Can t wait to start Book 3.


    Kristal

    Yet another great installment of Benfu and his girls These are such great, easy and enjoyable reads Benfu, Callie, Lin, and Jett find themselves looking for Dahlia, Benfu and Callie s long stolen daughter While Li Jin and her son JoJo struggle to get through everyday life.


    Lucy Isaacson

    Enjoyable StoryI found the first half of the book slow and repetitious for someone who had already read Book 1 That s why I only gave it 4 stars The second half was very enjoyable I can t wait to read Book 3.


    CJ

    The book was fine I didn t care for the audio version Female reader s performances of male voices and older people was annoying to me.


    Jan Crossen

    Another fabulous book by Kay Bratt I ve already downloaded the third book in this intriguing series So glad I discovered Kay Bratt


    Debbie Sweeney

    Nice story lineI enjoyed this one, as I did the first and look forward to reading the next I San devoted to family as are the characters of this book.


    Vickie Haun

    Great series set in old time China follows a family through the ups and downs.


    Patricia Locati

    I read this 2nd book in the series in 3 days sooooo good.


    Diane

    Can t wait to read Book 3 I m captivated


    Grace

    Wonderful heartwarming book Though it deals with some serious themes, it manages to end so warmly that I couldn t help but smile to myself Definitely going to finish the whole series


    Luanne

    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 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 prison [...]


    Sharon Powers

    The beautiful first book of this series, The Scavenger s Daughters, has continued in beauty, finesse, and wonder into the second book of this series A bridge book the middle book of a series of three is often difficult and many times lacking in substance or plot or satisfaction in movement towards any resolutions not so with Tangled Vines Where the first book was so sweet and wonderful, this book is much poignant and complexgo, Tangled Vines I really like that Kay Bratt uses Linnea to tie the t [...]


    Louise

    Story Description Lake Union Publishing December 10, 2013 Trade Paperback ISBN 978 1477808818The pain of China s Cultural Revolution well behind them, Benfu and his treasured Calla Lily are content in their old age surrounded by their family of adopted daughters Once abandoned, the girls are now cherished members of the Zheng family Yet there remains an emptiness in their hearts their only biological daughter, Dahlia, was abducted as a newborn 30 years before When their daughter Linnea discovers [...]


    Becky

    Book TwoI think this is a wonderful series of books, though I ve only read the first two the next one comes out in April and inspire ordered it for my Kindle.I love stories of China, in fact I ve always kept my copies of Amy Tan, Lisa See etc but I found this through kindle so they ll be in my cloud.The story follows Benful, a scavenger by trade and his wife Calli and their extended family of lost or rather abandoned girls brought home to be raised as their own Girls have never been the first ch [...]



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