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The third audiobook of the Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters series, Bitter Winds follows the saga of Chinese couple Benfu and Calli, and the abandoned young women in their care.

Even after a decade of pain, Ivy remains closely tethered to Lily - her blind twin sister - and haunted by her mother’s admission the night their home burned, almost taking Lily’s life: “I’m sorry. Take care of your sister.” Years later, as Lily begins to navigate the world on her own, the police mistakenly toss the blind girl in a cell, and Ivy realizes she must find her twin at all costs…even if that means risking her own freedom.

After Benfu and Calli’s long-lost daughter, Li Jin, finally reunited with her birth parents, she opened a shelter for unwanted children, turning her fortunes from destitution and abuse to family and fulfillment. But her friend Sami remains consumed by bitterness - and Li Jin soon realizes she needs to make a difficult choice between helping someone from the past or nurturing her own future.

©2013 Kay Bratt (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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  • Debbie
  • 19-12-14

Innocence, Corruption, Poverty and Love in China

Book Three in the Scavenger's Daughters Series is just as good as the first two. Benfu and Calli have found their daughter which was stolen as a baby (Dahlia), who choses to keep the name given her at the orphanage . . . Li Jin. Together they have opened a shelter for unwanted children, continuing and expanding the work that her parents began many years before. Ivy and Lily, their adopted twins are teenagers now, but still just as deeply attached. Lily, the blind twin, is a brilliant violinist and determined to learn to navigate the world more independently. But when she asks her twin, Ivy to leave her alone in the park to play her violin for a few minutes, she is arrested for panhandling and thrown in jail. Then later into a mental hospital, accused of being a political enemy of the government. Listen to Bitter Winds . . . Let it sink in. . . and Thank God for the freedom to think, to speak, to live in a country that doesn't knowingly accuse the innocent, that doesn't conduct "re-education" courses, and house healthy people in mental asylums.

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  • Aaron W.C.
  • 29-11-17

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If you are an orphan then please read this novel. Let it help you to bring down the walls you have built up to keep people from getting close to you.

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  • Scott's 2 cents
  • 30-08-17

Spoiler Alert.

It's difficult to believe (and frustrating to witness) just how stupid some people can be. And while they may be very well intended, they refuse to communicate even with people they love. of course it all ends up working out miraculously in the end. if I hadn't already fought the entire series, I probably wouldn't bother with another one of these. Hopefully this changes next book as I can't imagine the author hasn't received this feedback.

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  • ImaRodeomom
  • 15-04-16

Not so much...

I enjoyed the first two books alot more...the narrator was great but the story struggled!