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Bitter Winds (Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters #3)

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Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Lake Union Publishing
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Apr 09, 2014 Tammie rated it it was amazing
Kay Bratt has definitely become my go to author! Every book she writes brings me into the world of the story being told. I am always amazed by the beauty of Kay's stories. She brings home to me and her many other devoted fans an insider's view of the Chinese way of life.

Bitter Winds is the final book in The Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters series. In a culture where girls are seemingly not valued, we read about a family devoted to showing girls how wanted they really are. The devotion and lov
Mar 24, 2014 Louise rated it it was amazing
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Brilliance Audio|April 8, 2014|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1477848999
The third book of the 'Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters' series, BITTER WINDS continues the saga of Chinese couple Benfu and Calli, and the abandoned young women in their care. Since the night her sister was almost burned alive in a fire and they were taken from their mother, Ivy has been the self-appointed guardian and guide to her blind twin, Lily. When Lily is snatched away and put behind locked doors, Ivy
Carmi Henderson
Apr 03, 2014 Carmi Henderson rated it really liked it
Bitter winds is the third book in the series Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters by Kay Bratt. I saw another review that said you don't have to read the other books but in my opinion it is helpful to read them. I think I would feel like I did not know what was going on if I had not read the other books in the series. The story picks up where Tangled Vines finishes. Benfu and Calli's biological daughter Dahlia or Li Jin, as she prefers as that is what she has been called her entire life, now lives ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I didn't find this novel quite as good as the second in the series, "Tangled Vines", but I still enjoyed it greatly. I enjoy reading of Benfu, Cali and their family of adopted daughters and I feel as though I truly know them after reading all three novels in quick succession. Their stories are full of hope, based upon the strength of the human spirit and the compassion that one person shows to another human being. I always finish these novels feeling slightly better about the world, even in the ...more
Mar 02, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
it's ok

Can't really recommend but it passed the time. Can't put my finger on it but maybe it was just too sappy for me.
Sharon Powers
May 22, 2014 Sharon Powers rated it it was amazing
Bitter Winds: Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters, Book 3

Book Synopsis:
Li Jin, given the name Dahlia by Benfu and Calli at her birth, tattooed with a beautiful little dahlia flower on her heel as a baby, was just a month old when she was kidnapped by Benfu's mother and sent away into obscurity. Thirty years later, Benfu and Calli's adopted daughter, Linea, conducted a time-consuming search to find that stolen daughter. Tirelessly, Linea expended her love and effort in the hope of finding Dahlia
Sharon Powers
Apr 10, 2014 Sharon Powers rated it it was amazing
Bitter Winds: Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters, Book 3

Li Jin, given the name Dahlia by Benfu and Calli at her birth, tattooed with a beautiful little dahlia flower on her heel as a baby, was just a month old when she was kidnapped by Benfu's mother and sent away into obscurity. Thirty years later, Benfu and Calli's adopted daughter, Linea, conducted a time-consuming search to find that stolen daughter. Tirelessly, Linea expended her love and effort in the hope of finding Dahlia, so as to gran
Jul 10, 2014 lc rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Not having read the first two in the series of "The Scavenger's Daughters" by Kay Bratt when I received the third book "Bitter Winds" I expected there would be confusion or gaps in the story but found this was not the case at all. This author skillfully involved the reader into the third book and its characters so seamlessly, it read as a stand alone book.

Set in modern China, but a smaller city, a family once torn apart struggles to reunite itself and also build a residential center for homeles
Tara Chevrestt
Kay Bratt always has a moral in her stories. I'm noticing a recurring lesson...about bitterness. The story of Li Jin and Sami here is a prime example of what bitterness can do to us if we don't let it go. Li Jin lets go and finds happiness being surrounded by her family. Though surrounded by the same family, Sami is filled with bitterness and hate.

Why? Because she won't let herself be loved and will not let herself love others. You can't be hurt that way, right?

But through her story, we see that
I hope Kay Bratt enjoyed her "over 4 years"/ "almost 5 years" adventuring in China, because I'm pretty sure she doesn't have big fans in either the Chinese government or among native Chinese people, no matter how many pin-yin words appear in her glossary. Taking on mental institutions, lawless imprisonment, Falun Gong, poverty, and prostitution is applauded, but elementary writing of monochromatic, western-washed, Chinese characters, with a dash of superiority thrown in, unpalatable at best.

May 07, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
Kay Bratt spent almost five years in China when her husband's job took them there. While there, she volunteered in Chinese orphanages. Much of what she experienced & learned while there is incorporated in these works of fiction. Benfu & his wife have a huge heart for children & have brought many abandoned little girls into their home to raise as their own. Each child has a unique background and issues they need to work through & receive much love & support from their new ...more
Apr 12, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
Bitter Winds is the third book in the Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters trilogy and may just be my favorite of the series! Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Kay Bratt's writing and storytelling is inspiring, moving and amazing. I have thoroughly enjoyed all three books in this series, as well as the companion novel, Red Skies. I wish there were more!

This third book in the series centers around twins Lily and Ivy as well as Benfu and Calli's biological daughter, Li Jin and her f
Jan 22, 2015 Tammy rated it it was amazing
This is book #3 in the Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters series and is primarily about Lily and Ivy, the twin sisters, who have become part of Benfu and Callie's family. Benfu, a scavenger, and his wife, Callie, have taken in many girls into their home and have made them part of their family, loving and nurturing them. This book is primarily about Lily and Ivy, and relationship and devotion to each other. This inspiring book makes you feel all kinds of emotions as you once again, root for the ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing
Great Story

I'm so loving following the stories of The Scavengers Daughters. I feel as if I know them all. Each book has proved as captivating as the last and I eagerly await the next one.

This family came together as Benful discovered abandoned baby girls, girls who are not valued as boy babies are, and he takes them home where he and his wife Callie give them flower names and raise them as their own. they know background stories on some, others not. but they love each blossom as if they were bor
Karen Mateeff
Apr 08, 2014 Karen Mateeff rated it it was amazing
Bitter Winds is the kind of book that will capture you into the story and leave you loving the visit. The cast of characters are endearing and memorable. They struggle through the realizations of their lives and overcome the obstacles with victory. They face the future with such courage and stamina. So much of what Kay Bratt has placed into this fiction writing is life in it's real and raw form. I loved the touching coincidences and surprises that we so often find in our own lives. It is written ...more
Shirley Dagle
Apr 11, 2014 Shirley Dagle rated it really liked it
I loved, loved, loved this series.

No you don't have to read all the books in this series but what a wonderful treat it is to do so. The Scavenger's Daughters started my love affair with Benfu, Calli and their beautiful family. The intriguing story continued with Tangled Vines. Then Red Skies, was brought in for more involvement in this loving family. Tangled Vines did not disappoint as the later books in some series tend to do. I can't say that each one was better than the last because each book
Jun 08, 2015 Tammy rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book filled with heartache and also very heartwarming at the same time. It tells of a family, both related by blood and by love living in politically repressed China. The family has been brought together (this happened in books 1&2) and are making a home for themselves and for others less fortunate than themselves. It follows closely the traditions and the treatment that the less fortunate people, females, and anyone who dared to have a political opinion other than communism, this ...more
Apr 08, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Once again Kay Bratt has managed to reel me in and make me feel like I had invested in these characters. I care about them, I feel like I know them. I feel their emotions.

Not long ago life had me "too busy" to find time to read. Then, I read one of her books and her writing spoke to me, I can find time to read all the time now. This third book in the series is no different than the others, except perhaps better. This one is my favorite, but I say that after reading each one. I never believe a b
Apr 28, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the plot and characters in Book 3 of The Scavenger's Daughters. Lilly and Ivy are a wonderful example of how connected twins are and how a crisis affects this connection. You will be amazed at the twists and turns in their joint experience. Sky is a man who stands behind what he believes, no matter what. Read about his personal crisis. Many of the same characters follow through the series, but some new ones also are introduced. Sami is from the dark side, and I found it ...more
April Martinez
Jan 09, 2016 April Martinez rated it really liked it
Bitter Winds by Kay Bratt

This is the third in the series of The Scavenger's Daughters. I've really enjoyed these books! What a wonderful way to introduce so many characters. This time in China's history is such a mystery and covering several generations allows the story to flow beautifully. The simple way people become family because of circumstance and devotion to one another is inspiration to all of humanity! The way abuse can make you a better person or take you down the road of bitterness an
Dec 10, 2014 Mdsimms rated it really liked it
This is a great book, it's part of a series, but can easily be read on it's own, however, the events
leading up to this book are so interesting that I would recommend you read those also. I love all the characters in the book, they are interesting and each has their own tale to tell. It's a great history lesson too if you are at all interested in the Mao period in China and the terrible aftermath of this awful time period. To be honest, I truly wasn't interested in this at all until I read the st
Rita Arnson
Apr 08, 2014 Rita Arnson rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite book in the series. Kay Bratt continues to show in Bitter Winds, the 3rd book in the series, how family is so important and they are always there for you. The love that Benfu and Calla Lilly have for all their girls is such a strong and unbreakable tie. It's obviously carried through to the girls because they think nothing of enduring hardships in order to help each other. This book teaches about Chinese culture as well to give us a better understanding of how culture ...more
Apr 30, 2016 brooke rated it it was amazing
Stunning as usual

As usual, I am left in tears... I'm not saying if they are happy or sad tears. But I love how I am locked into this series, these characters,and this story. I absolutely love this book series and with each book I read it just gets better and better! Kay Bratt you are amazing, and your books literally speak to my soul. It scares and excites me to go to China one day to teach English and also I hope to find time to work with China's lost children. I don't even know what I'm going
Rockin Cadillac
Mar 16, 2014 Rockin Cadillac rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The 3rd in The Scavenger's Daughters series. The amazing bond sisters form. The bonds long time friends form. The twists and turns these relationships take. Like,love,hate,resentment.....revenge,It's all here. I read this great book in 2 sittings and wanted it to keep going. All of us could take a page from this book. Above it all is unconditional loyalty between siblings. In the end. Family is all you really have.
* I'm a 48 year old man. I love this series.
***ARC courtesy
Aug 16, 2015 Debbi rated it really liked it
Book 3; the best one yet. One of the twin daughters gets wrongly accused of being a believer in an ancient philosophy and is arrested. Then she's sent to a mental hospital where conditions are horrible. Reports such as this one are commonplace in China and it wasn't until 2012, after much public outcry, that better mental health laws were passed to keep normal citizens out of psychiatric facilities. You don't think too much about the human rights issues in China (and other places) until you ...more
Kim GM
Apr 08, 2014 Kim GM rated it it was amazing
In the 3rd book of the series, Tales of the Scavenger's Daughter's, Bitter Winds, we follow Lily, Ivy, Li Jin, and Sami as each struggle to deal with life and family obstacles. I fell in love with the strong characters right away. Each character has persevered despite the challenges they face.

Kay's attention to detail, Chinese culture, and history help to weave a tale that keeps you glued to your seat as you travel on the journey each daughter faces. I was so engaged in reading that when it end
Diane Luzar
Apr 17, 2014 Diane Luzar rated it it was amazing
Kay Bratt, thank you for bringing Benfu and Calli's family to us. The trilogy is eye opening to what it's like to live in China. You managed to include so many of the hardships that the Chinese people deal with, such as orphaned children, homelessness, communistic governing, how the mentally ill are treated and the Falun Fong. This is the sixth book I've read by you, and I look forward to more. Easy, enjoyable reading!
Karen Ellard
Apr 11, 2014 Karen Ellard rated it it was amazing
Kay Bratt is a wonderful storyteller- I can never put down her novels until I finish them! Her story of Benfu's daughters continue in the 3rd of The Scavenger's Daughters series. Themes of sisterhood, friendship, love, loyalty, and life lessons are all within this story. This tale set in China has a universal message about the bonds of family. Bitter winds can blow into any family's lives, but together obstacles can be met and overcome.
Aug 25, 2015 Shelly rated it it was amazing
This book is the story of Lily and Ivy - twins adopted into the Zheng family and their journey through tumultuous events. It also explores the relationship between the sisters and their deep seated bond versus their need for independence. I do not know how accurate the events may be, but the story touches on may deficiencies in the way the government is run in China - in relation to the treatment of civilians and minors, especially.
Jul 06, 2014 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in modern day China, Lily a blind daughter is arrested for begging...the story is her family trying to get her out. A book of stories within a story all centered around family with themes that we've all dealt with day to day. Some were very sad, but they all made your think. I will probably pick up the other two books in this series.

Very lovely and an interesting read. Thank you for the free reading copy.
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“Lily shivered as she pulled her Ye Ye’s jacket tighter around the stiff clothes they’d made her put on. The sterile smell of the room mixed with what reeked of old urine was nauseating, and she filtered her breath through her mouth as she waited. She listened intently, hoping the sound of footsteps wouldn’t come. She’d been crouching on the ice-cold floor in the corner for hours, ever since that nasty excuse for a man had slammed the door on her. The turning of the lock and his threats to return later that night still rang in her ears. She felt a wave of revulsion remembering how he’d taunted her, coming close enough that she could smell his rancid breath as he hissed what he’d like to do to her.” 0 likes
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