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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…

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.

©2013 Kay Bratt (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Debbie
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  • 12-17-14

Beautiful, Lost Girls of China . . . Part Two

The second in the Scavenger's Daughters series is just as good as the first . . . Benfu and Calla Lily are old now, but are still taking in baby girls that are abandoned, many of their adopted daughters now grown. Surrounded by the love of their many daughters, they still have never forgotten the first baby, their own little girl, Dahlia, stolen from them when she was a month old. Thirty years have passed, Is Dahlia still alive somewhere? There are so many layers to the story, going back to the Mao years in China. What happens when people buy into the evils of communism, dictatorship, class differences . . . and most of all what happens when people fail to LOVE . . . when there is no value for human life? All sorts of cruelty is unleashed. The story of a humble man, a scavenger (trash collector) and his wife in China and the girls they brought into their home to love . . . following the biggest LOSS of their own lives . . . is a story of healing . . . a story of struggling against the elements, against a corrupt system . . . and a story of recognizing true joy. . . a baby's smile . . . food for today . . . and enough love for one MORE little girl . . .

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  • SusanKC
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An exquisantly crafted bridge of this trilogy!

I loved "The Scavenger's Daughters" in and of itself. This second novel is a seamless progression in the family's narrative. No one is "left behind" and each person is relevant and grows as do living human beings.

I have mixed feelings about the next and final book, I fear that upon finishing I will mourn the loss of a relationship, like when contact is lost with friends / family relationships via untoward life events ( death, divorce, etc).

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Heartwarming story with badly pronounced Chinese

Listening to stories like these always bring a smile to my face even though it deals with tough issues like gender inequality and oppression by the government. The only gripe I have with the audiobook is the bad Chinese pronunciation. The least the narrator can do is find out how to properly pronounce “thank you (Xie Xie)” and names of places (eg. Suzhou) in Chinese because the the recorded version is so mangled I could barely understand what they were trying to say.

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After 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.

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great book and reader

The reader did an amazing job keeping you in the book. The book was very intriguing and always kept you wanting more.

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heart felt

sad with a happy ending; after too many hardships for one person in a lifetime. loved it!

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Captivating

I love the story line of love and hope in the midst of tragic circumstances. The struggles of homelessness and abuse amidst courage and strength; a mixture of unconditional love and acceptance.

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Tangled Vines, is very appropriate title!

Loved hearing more about the family, even with the misfortune Dalia has to go thru! It's not everyday a story makes me slap my hand over my mouth, in an OMGOSH moment!

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This narrator . . .

At only seconds into this audiobook, I knew I had heard this narrator before and that I hadn't enjoyed her performance. There's something about the way she pronounces the word "the" that is so distracting! I'm sure others who have listened to her narration so will know exactly what I am trying to say. Sadly, it's not just the one word that bugs me- the overall experience is grating.

The book is good. I enjoyed the first book in the series much more, though. I felt that this book was extremely predictable. It didn't have the a

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