Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Palest Ink by Kay Bratt...Review & Giveaway!

Who is ready for another great new read?  I don't know about you but the fall really inspires me to do more reading.  There is just something so cozy about curling up with a new book in great sweater while the crisp fall air blows outside.  I just love it which is why I am even more of a reading machine these days.  I just finished up The Palest Ink by Kay Bratt and I am excited to share it with you.  Here is the scoop...


A sheltered son from an intellectual family in Shanghai, Benfu spends 1966 anticipating a promising violinist career and an arranged marriage. On the other side of town lives Pony Boy, a member of a lower-class family—but Benfu’s best friend all the same. Their futures look different but guaranteed…until they’re faced with a perilous opportunity to leave a mark on history.
At the announcement of China’s Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao’s Red Guard members begin their assault, leaving innocent victims in their wake as they surge across the country. With political turmoil at their door, both Benfu and Pony Boy must face heart-wrenching decisions regarding family, friendship, courage, and loyalty to their country during one of the most chaotic periods in history.
The prequel to the beloved Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters series, The Palest Ink depicts Benfu’s coming-of-age during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution.

My Thoughts:  Kay Bratt is a new author to me.  I had not read any of the series this book is a prequel to.  However, now that I have read The Palest Ink, I can't wait to start in on the Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters series....Bratt has a new fan in me. 

I am a big fan of historical fiction so this book immediately appealed to me.  At the center of this tale is China's Cultural Revolution.  For those of you unfamiliar with the author, you should know that she spent time living in China and  is an advocate for the children there.  She has a true understanding of the people and the culture of the country and it shines through in her work. 

The characters of Benfu and Pony boy are richly crafted and are products and victims of their social situations.  It is fascinating to watch them evolve as the turmoil of the times unfolds around them.  Bratt manages to convey the unrest the country was going through and it made for some exciting and emotional reading.  As I mentioned, the story is about a time in China's history but it is also about friendship, family, loyalty and how life circumstances force us into the adults we will become.  I enjoyed ever bit of this book and I can't wait to read more of Kay Bratt's work.  You can pick up a copy of The Palest Ink on Amazon...


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26 comments:

Brenda Guardado said...

My favorite place to read is by a tree because you can feel the win in your hair and be around the natural world!

D Johnson said...

I love reading on my back deck. I can read and enjoy nature at the same time.

Wehaf said...

In the summer I like to read in the hammock out back; in colder weather I like to curl up on the couch. Both are comfortable and make me feel connected to things.

Audra said...

I love to read in my sun room

Missy Schutz said...

would love to try the facial!

Holly said...

I like to read in the bath!

Anonymous said...

I like to curl up on the couch.
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beachgirl0323 said...

I love reading in a nice warm bathtub.

Kara Kudro said...

I love to read in my sunroom

kelley roach said...

I love reading in a nice warm bathtub.

MyLegacy said...

I love reading curled up on the couch or in my warm bed :)

AuBree Brown said...

I love reading in bed...snuggled up under the covers while the rest of the family sleeps:)

Kristie said...

I love to read on my couch with lots of blankets, corn bags, space heater and hot chocolate.

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Diana said...

I love reading in my bed at night
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Eva said...

Thank you!!

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Nancy said...

I like to read on our living room couch.

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Debbie Lewis said...

I love to read in the sunroom

Holly said...

In my lounge chair by the pool, when the weather is nice!

Jessica and Rory! said...

I read in bed!

minibea12 said...

I like to read just before going to sleep in my bed!
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T Bailey said...

I love to read in the big chair in the game room.

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Tina Solomon said...

Outside on my back porch...

Karen DeGraaf said...

In my bed or at beach

akortokrax said...

I have many places I love to read, including but not limited to: (1) the gulf, when we can make it there; (2) our lanai, in a lawn chair with a cup of coffee; (3) almost any park; and finally, (4) in the porch swing at my in'law's secluded ranch, all while watching the sun rise and listening to the cows mooing!