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Child Of Dust

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Beautiful but spoilt Vietnamese socialite, Cao Kim Lye, learns of her parents shocking death from the dashing Amerasian family chauffeur, Bryan Nguyen.

Kim steps out of a world of crystal and chandelier to enter the dust and chaos of working-class Hanoi. She finds herself living under the roof of a shop cum living quarters with Bryan and his adoptive family.

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Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published September 7th 2016 by Shoba Sadler
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Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Child Of Dust by Shoba Sadler is a Christian contemporary romance which I really enjoyed.
Set in Vietnam and with Shoba Sadler's detailed descriptions, the reader is transported to a hot and vibrant climate. The novel comes alive as the reader delves deeper into its pages.
God is at the heart. We are so lucky in the west to have the freedom to worship. In Vietnam the Christian church is an underground movement. Christians have to rely on the faithfulness of God which contrasts with the fickleness
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Linda historia. Tiene algunos elementos que se destacan como la fortaleza de los protagonistas, el tiempo y lugar en el que esta ambientada. Me atrapo desde la dedicatoria del libro.
Por ahí se merecía otra estrella más; no se la doy porque, para mi, hoy por hoy para que una historia de amor se destaque necesita el factor épico; y en esta historia no la sentí.
Más allá de eso es una historia digna de leer.
Jessie Gussman
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a book this much!

Please don't be put-off by the shirtless man on the front of the cover.

I wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first. The main setting is Vietnam. Asian culture is so different from Western--their food, their customs, even their weather. Although I love learning about new/different cultures, I can't always lose myself in a fiction story or surrender to the pull of the romance, because nothing feels familiar. This author clearly kno
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a prime example of why book sites with “star” rating systems should offer the option of half-stars. In the name of honesty, and mostly for technical reasons, I wouldn't normally give this one a full four stars, but three fails to communicate the power of the story line. I've decided to err on the side of positivity, because there are many positives.

Child of Dust does not take off with a bang and hold the reader in a relentless grip. I was several chapters into the story before I beg
B. D. Mann
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author contacted me with a request to read Child of Dust. She specifically requested an unbiased, honest review after I was finished. Honestly, had Shoba Sadler not made the request, I doubt that I would ever have selected Child of Dust as candidate for my reading list. The cover photo of a shirtless young man was a turn-off for me and the international, multi-cultural setting was well outside my usual preferences. Inspirational Christian romance often leaves me disappointed as most of what ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Child of Dust

I'm always impressed with a story that can deliver the gospel message in a subtle, but powerful way. I enjoyed reading Child of Dust. It was beautiful to see Bryan and Kim's relationship develop over time. At times I was on the edge of my seat and found myself smiling at some of their conversations. I will admit that Kim had to grow on me because in the beginning she was really mean. Bryan, on the other hand, stole my heart when he told Kim "Wars in the flesh can never be won. My b
Vicky Sluiter
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I will be honest, this is not the type of book I normally read, but Author Shoba Sadler was aware of that when she asked me to read it. I don’t know the culture of Vietnam, but Sadler did a great job of weaving explanations into the story line so I was well able to understand what was happening and why.

Not your typical love story, but a romance just the same with the gospel message subtly woven through it, both characters are forced to face things about themselves, partly through the uncomfortab
Kate Hendrick
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
A good book was bogged down by its misrepresentation of being a Christian Romance.

Though the basic premise - two people of notably different social standings fall in love - wasn't groundbreaking, there were some very unique aspects to it.

This novel had a lot of strong components: good character development, engaging writing style, and interesting twists. I appreciated that the author provided insight into a complex issue that I as an American wouldn't have known about otherwise. There were defin
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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Kathy Chung
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Don't judge a book by it's cover. It applies for this case. This is the story of Vietnamese socialite, Cao Kim Lye, and Bryan Nguyen who is an Amerasian that happens to be her family chauffeur.

Kim's world turned upside down at the sudden death of her parents . It leaves her penniless and alone in the world. The only person she can turn to was Bryan. As she got to know more about Bryan and subsequently fell in love with him, once again her world crashes. Guess the saying that the ones whom you l
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was initially leaning toward a 31/2-star rating for Shoba Sadler's Child of Dust - due to its rather slow beginning. However, the last 150 or so pages left me captivated and teary-eyed. In my book, if an author is able to bring out that side of me, they earn an extra star. Needless to say, I loved the way things ended overall.

Child of Dust is a tale of privilege, poverty, murder, love, political systems of government and all that runs in-between. And Ms. Sadler does such a great job of lettin
Pamela Fernandes
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a sweet romance between, Bryan, a child of dust aka children with American fathers and Vietnamese mothers who were left behind and Kim a French Viet citizen whose father, a judge was gunned down in their home. The book is a sad reflection of what post war Vietnam and how it defined Vietnamese society till today. The social prejudice, the backdrop of government control, the uncertainty all paint a picture of the Vietnamese underbelly. The romance between Bryan and Kim is gradual and sweet ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This was my first book by this author and I enjoyed this book. This story is set in Vietnam; Kim was very spoiled by her parents. Kim had to learn about the death of her parents from Bryan, the chauffeur. After the death of her parent’s, Kim was locked up for a few days and found out that her parent’s assets were frozen. Kim lived with Bryan and his family. I loved the Bryan due to his strong faith and his encouragement to Kim. This is a book full of twists and turns.

Geoff Barlow
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With warmth, compassion and a compelling narrative style, Shoba Sadler's Child of Dust explores the relationship between a Vietnamese socialite and her Amerasian chauffeur. Wonderfully written, captivating on many levels, evoking all the atmosphere of an amazing country and a journey between cultures, Child of Dust is a treat for anyone who enjoys good storytelling. Highly recommended. ...more
Rose Verde
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved a number of things about Ms. Sadler's book, Child of dust, from the vivid settings, plot to the characterization. I would definitely read another story by this author. ...more
J Daniels
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Well written, interesting, but I found the story gloomy and too much details about prostitution.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kim and Bryans story is truly amazing. The author will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. God is working throughout this whole book. Watching these twos relationship change is truly remarkable. Brian is a truly special man. The way he helps his family and friends is wonderful
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book a lot. You won't be disappointed. ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought the Vietnamese background for this story made it very original and almost unique, and as I was reading, I kept thinking to myself “I’m learning something new here,” and I appreciated that.

This is a story of two strong protagonists; I honestly couldn’t decide who was the main character (although the book title refers to the male) because both stories of Bryan and Kim are equally compelling and intense.

I found the writing of this story to be close to excellent. There were some trip-ups,
Brices Mice Christian Book Reviews
Shoba Sadler author of Child of Dust, has opened a whole new genre of Christian romance and mystery in this heart wrenching multi-cultural novel. The Dedication...In memory of Amerasians, the least remembered casualties of the Vietnam War, although fiction, sets the tone for an eye-opener of a past to present history life style of the results of a factual event.

When Kim is told of her of her rich parents death, her world as she knows it begins to crumble. She is used to being pampered and spoile
Hannah Gaudette
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
It took me some time to get into this book. I was a bit nervous it would be too edgy for me as far as the romance goes. It was. Having said that, it really was done in good taste, and I am used to Amish romances so . . .
As far as the story itself, I really enjoyed the plot. It kept me going until the end, and I found it to be educational as well. I would gladly read more books by this author.

I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.
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