Friday, April 11, 2014

Scattered Links Book Review

Thirteen-year-old Oksana lives on the streets of Russia with her pregnant mama and abusive aunt—both prostitutes.

When Mama swells into labor, Oksana makes a decision to save herself from abandonment, a decision that torments her forever.

But her plan fails when her aunt dumps her in an orphanage before she has the chance to say goodbye to her mama or tell her the secret that haunts her.

Scattered Links is a story of family and the consequences that come from never learning how to love. It’s a story of a girl’s inability to bond with her adopted family and the frustrations that follow.

How can a child understand the mechanics of forming a healthy relationship when she never had a mother who answered her cries, held her when she was frightened, fed her when she was hungry, or loved her unconditionally?

Only when the child meets a rescued abused horse, and recognizes the pain in his eyes, does she begin to trust again.

My Review:
This story is sad and it comes out at the right time because of all of the focus on Russia these days but reading the book, you get a sense of what Russia is all about from a standpoint of a young girl who is forced to live with her mother who is a drunk and a prostitute and also very pregnant! She also has an Aunt who really doesn't like her and is pretty mean to her.

She does get help from a local church and it's pastor when he asks if she thinks her mother would give the baby up once it's born since she can't afford it. No one is home when Oksana has to deliver the baby. Her mother is passed out drunk and never realizes what happened during the birth. Oksana takes the baby girl and gives it to the pastor who takes it to America to be adopted.

That decision will come back later on to haunt her and she will need the help of the pastor again to save a life. She also learns along the way to let go of some of her anger thru the help of her new American parents who adopted her. She also has a new Aunt and that Aunt has a horse farm, which is a lifesaver for Oksana.

But will it be enough when tragedy strikes and Oksana must confess something in order to save a life? Will she be strong enough to face the consequences and her biological mother?

This is a very real life scenario that is plausible and that is what makes it a good read. It's not some made up fairy tale that sugar coats what is going on in other countries and you will appreciate the realness of the story. I gave it a thumbs up and so did my friend who read it also.

Happy Reading!
"CAPTIVATING! SCATTERED LINKS takes you down the street of nearly any Eastern European town, arm-in-arm with the orphaned. Michelle has captured the beauty and horror millions of children live everyday. The attention to detail is impressive. Having lived in a post-Soviet country for a time, visiting orphaned children, this fictional account rings with truth, from the heart-wrenching pain of abandonment to the realization of self-worth, and the love family and faith brings. Thank you for such an uplifting book, appropriate for the young reader, as well as adult. May your heart be encouraged, as mine was." - Kim de Blecourt, speaker and award-winning author of "Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother's Courage, a Race to Freedom"

 “Scattered Links is a novel that pulls its characters from the gutters and, in the end, celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit.” A reviewer comment.

About the Author
Michelle grew up in the suburbs of Detroit with five brothers.

She enjoys writing her novels and encouraging writers and readers alike.

She is living her dream writing stories of real people searching for their dreams and confronting their fears, showing the passion of the characters' plights, often giving her the ability to show the reader the 'other' side of the story.

When she is not writing she enjoys life on the tennis court and is known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.”

Her debut novel, CACHE a PREDATOR, a geocaching mystery. was launched in July, 2013 and has been an Amazon best-seller in the crime/thriller category.  Her other works include: Willow, Scattered Links, Kelly’s Story, Eclair Series, and The Vision in a Kiss.  She has won contests in both The Writer’s Journal and The Writer’s Digest. Love is Just a Word (Scattered Links) was a bronze medalist is the 2010 Frasier Contest, a 2011 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest, and won the Aspiring Writer’s Contest withe THE READING ROOM, 2013.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.


Sharon Martin said...

I truly loved this book too. Your so right it is sad isn't in parts x

Michelle Weidenbenner said...

Hi Mary and Charlie -

Thanks for reading SCATTERED LINKS and writing a review. I'm thrilled to meet you through this fun, fun "tour."
I hope your day goes well today and you find happiness is someones kindness.

Thanks again!