Sunday afternoon I had book club. We bumped it up a week before Easter. Luckily the book was a good one and I got it done quick! For the month of March we read
Silent Tears A Journey Of Hope In A Chinese Orphanage
by Kay Bratt
Silent Tears. I was really surprised that the gal that picked our book for the month picked this one. She's usually more of a murder mystery/suspense type girl. Someone asked her why she picked it and she said she was looking for "real" stories to read.
Sounds like a good reason to me!
This book is about the author's experience volunteering in a Chinese orphanage. She is an American and her husband gets transferred to China to work for a few years. They bring along her youngest daughter but leave her older daughter at home in the states. I found that a bit strange but I guess I could see her point about not wanting to have her move while she was a teenager (but I would have either not have went or took my kid with me anyways).
As you would suspect the move to China was difficult at first. They live in a little compound of sorts with other families that are transplanted there for work and through someone there she gets an "in" into the orphanage.
This book is not for the weak. The way the babies are treated is just appalling. Sadly this isn't an "old" story but happens in the mid 2000's. The author helps you understand the best she can why things are the way they are and by the end of the book I could see how maybe they were doing the best they could at the time.
The book is very well written. The only thing is that the names are so confusing. I wish she would have changed them up a bit. So many were really similar and it made it hard to follow who she was talking about.
Someone at book club said that she has a couple other books out and I'd like to read them.