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Many believe that those who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. If that is so, the fates of Chai and Josi are weaved together and tied with a knot that cannot be broken.

Chai has been the self-appointed protector of her best friend, Josi, since their toddler days. Their lives are as far from extravagant as can be imagined - but they don’t need material things to be content. Their carefree childhood comes to a screeching halt when they are snatched together and sold as house help, and possible future brides, to a family far away.

This novel chronicles the girls’ struggle to adjust to their harsh new realities once the comforts and security of their old lives are stripped away. While Josi and others around them in the same situation have reluctantly accepted their new roles, Chai’s warrior spirit cannot be broken. She remains strong and refuses to give up hope of finding a way home.

Due to the infamous gender imbalance in China, thousands of females are trafficked every year to be sold as brides in remote villages and cities. Because of the lack of family resources, and the minimal efforts of the government to break up these criminal rings, many of the girls are never heard from again. Follow this story to find out what happens when despite one father’s lack of allies or money, he refuses to allow anyone to disrupt his quest to find his daughter.

©2012 Kay Bratt (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • W.
  • Modesto, CA, United States
  • 10-19-17

A Thread Unbroken

This was a very good read. The narrator did a good job and gave the novel an easy pace which could be traversed by all ages. There is one grisly scene however which I don't recommend for children. It is very well written and gave no room for a vulgar or graphic
mindset, nevertheless the scene itself would need to be screened by a parent who knows what their child can handle. It wasn't until near the end that I realized that this book was set in a totally different culture. The problems encountered would be difficult in any setting but knowing the generational lifestyles and cultural expectations really put a different light on what the characters were going through. Also I am a Christian and I don't believe in a one size fits all religion so I lean away from the validity of Witch Doctors no matter how benign.

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Bad narrator sounds like robot

Bad narrator sounds like reading without any character or inflection. Almost like poor Computer voice

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  • K. Roth
  • Pacific Northwest
  • 01-15-16

Nice Novel, but needed stronger substance

This was,a nice novel, but it lacked the serious forces needed to keep the story going with interest.
Until the last one only then realizes how serious the relationship between father and daughter were.

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 09-18-15

Eye Opening Look at Life in China

Okay, I have to admit that I found the beginning of the book implausible . . . because Chai, the young, smart, sassy thirteen year old girl seemed way too bright to be taken in by the woman with the child . . . but I have to remember that this is China, not America, where we teach our kids to be afraid of everything . . . and everyone . . . and Chai and Josi are from a tiny secluded village . . . naive and trusting girls and poor beyond anything that we can imagine . . . Once into the book, I was engrossed . . . amazed, saddened and enlightened about a way of life that we, in the United States have never experienced . . . I appreciate the simplicity and beauty of Kay Bratt's writing . . . A Thread Unbroken is brought to us thoughtfully through the eyes of two teenage girls, kidnapped and sold to another Chinese family. The horror of what is accepted in China and covered up by even the police is evil . . . but even amongst evil, there is good, there is kindness. Planted like seeds among the tall briers, goodness springs up, daring to stand . . . and reach out . . . with a human hand and God's spirit . . . the messages of faith are subtle . . . but steadfast and strong . . . I love that the story is kept clean, and is not about prostitution . . . and many of China's kidnapped girls are led into prostitution . . . I love that Chai's father values his daughter and will not give up on finding her . . . I love the story of Josi, Chai's best friend, who has a crippled foot and a heart of gold . . . but a father who cannot, will not see what a treasure his daughter is . . . yet, for all her pain, Josi IS loved . . . and Josi has a gift . . . the end of the book is perfect . . .

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 07-15-14

A Thread unbroken

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I enjoyed both the book and the performance, and will definitely pick up more Kay Bratt books.<br/>This book tells the story of Chai and Josi, two childhood friends who are kidnapped as daughters-in-law in training. It touches on aspects of Chinese culture, family disunity, and friendship and love.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chai, for being so determined despite her culture.

What does Nancy Wu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

her pronunciations of Chinese words sounded excellent! I don't know if another narrator could have done as well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story of Josi and Tao

Any additional comments?

I thought the ending was a bit too syrupy, even though parts of it were incredibly painful. This is why I gave the book 4 stars. However, this book is a powerful tome about shrewdness, self-sacrifice, and never giving up.