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30 review for A Welcome Misfortune: Book One in the Sworn Sisters Chinese Historical Fiction duology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Kay Bratt is a master storyteller. No matter the subject, she draws you into the world of the story with her words. This one takes place in the second half of the 19th century in China and San Francisco. It tells the story of three Chinese girls brought together by terrible circumstances; staying together through love and loyalty. You’re drawn in by the story, but also learn so much about the horrific treatment of girls in China and San Francisco and of the Chinese who settled in San Francisco. Kay Bratt is a master storyteller. No matter the subject, she draws you into the world of the story with her words. This one takes place in the second half of the 19th century in China and San Francisco. It tells the story of three Chinese girls brought together by terrible circumstances; staying together through love and loyalty. You’re drawn in by the story, but also learn so much about the horrific treatment of girls in China and San Francisco and of the Chinese who settled in San Francisco. I finished this one and immediately picked up the next in the two book series, To Move the World. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next for Sun Ling, Jingwei, and Luli.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cherie Jones

    An amazing book that tells the truth of how Chinese babies and girls were disposed of when born a daughter, not a son. When families needed money to survive daughters were often sold as servants or prostitutes. I'm sure many families thought their daughters would be well treated but alas that was not the case. The way the Chinese were treated when they came to the United States was criminal. Still today I see racism regarding the way people behave towards Chinese and other Asian born people. My d An amazing book that tells the truth of how Chinese babies and girls were disposed of when born a daughter, not a son. When families needed money to survive daughters were often sold as servants or prostitutes. I'm sure many families thought their daughters would be well treated but alas that was not the case. The way the Chinese were treated when they came to the United States was criminal. Still today I see racism regarding the way people behave towards Chinese and other Asian born people. My daughter was adopted from China and is my precious girl and she has had slurs thrown at her. It breaks my heart. Kay Bratt lived in China and knows first hand about the treatment of abandoned girls. I love the fact she has done a ton of research to write the duology. Although it broke my heart to read how the girls were treated, we need to educate ourselves on the truth and wake up to the racism that existed and still exists today. thank you Kay. I've already started book 2.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Conklin

    WOW! Kay has a knack for bringing her characters onto the page, and straight into your hearts! As Kay takes us through the journeys of five Chinese Immigrants, we get an introspective look into their minds and hearts. This book brings to light, in a very real and honest way, the plight of Immigrants and some of what they face(d), as they make their way in a new land. As I read, it also brought to mind, the stories that my Nana and especially my Grandfather attempted to share. My family is made u WOW! Kay has a knack for bringing her characters onto the page, and straight into your hearts! As Kay takes us through the journeys of five Chinese Immigrants, we get an introspective look into their minds and hearts. This book brings to light, in a very real and honest way, the plight of Immigrants and some of what they face(d), as they make their way in a new land. As I read, it also brought to mind, the stories that my Nana and especially my Grandfather attempted to share. My family is made up of Immigrants and through Sun Ling, Jingwei, Luli, Min Kao and Min Wei's stories, I could look back through my own past and the trials and tribulations that our ancestor's faced. Brace yourself! You are about to embark on a journey of your own, and I promise, you'll never be the same. I can't wait to get started on the next in the Sworn Sisters duology! Thank you Kay!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    Let me say first, I have read all of Kay Bratt’s China books and adored her Daughter series but A Welcome Misfortune took my breath away. The book takes place in 1867 and revolves around three girls, one a baby born unwanted by a father for who girls have no place in his family and two young girls through circumstances beyond their control end up as indentured servants to a wealthy family and a target for their master. Finding their way to San Francisco was wrought with peril that was all too fa Let me say first, I have read all of Kay Bratt’s China books and adored her Daughter series but A Welcome Misfortune took my breath away. The book takes place in 1867 and revolves around three girls, one a baby born unwanted by a father for who girls have no place in his family and two young girls through circumstances beyond their control end up as indentured servants to a wealthy family and a target for their master. Finding their way to San Francisco was wrought with peril that was all too familiar not only to the Chinese looking for a better life but to other immigrants like the Irish who escaped the potato famine of the time. Storms, cholera, bad accommodations are just a number of things immigrants endured. This is a the first of a two series book but it does stand alone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Kline

    Bratt-tastic! It amazes me that such a prolific author does not use a formula or write thinly-revised novels over and over. Every story is fresh. I climb in between the covers of her books and never want to leave. This one gave me a peek into the historical plight of provincial Chinese girls. Next, it took me across an ocean. From there, family took the front seat it should always have had...with restoration, and a bit of reformation. I love Kay’s talent — and I love her books and her restless hea Bratt-tastic! It amazes me that such a prolific author does not use a formula or write thinly-revised novels over and over. Every story is fresh. I climb in between the covers of her books and never want to leave. This one gave me a peek into the historical plight of provincial Chinese girls. Next, it took me across an ocean. From there, family took the front seat it should always have had...with restoration, and a bit of reformation. I love Kay’s talent — and I love her books and her restless heart.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Kay Bratt is my favorite author. This book does not disappoint except that I didn’t want it to end! Thankfully, there was a book 2. Book 1 starts in China. A brother’s love for his baby sister takes him on a new journey. Life starts in China, goes through Hong Kong and then on to a transpacific voyage (below deck) onto San Francisco. The brother meets 2 girls on the ship and the story of how their lives intertwine begins. Order both books at once because you won’t want to stop reading at the end Kay Bratt is my favorite author. This book does not disappoint except that I didn’t want it to end! Thankfully, there was a book 2. Book 1 starts in China. A brother’s love for his baby sister takes him on a new journey. Life starts in China, goes through Hong Kong and then on to a transpacific voyage (below deck) onto San Francisco. The brother meets 2 girls on the ship and the story of how their lives intertwine begins. Order both books at once because you won’t want to stop reading at the end of book 1!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Piga

    Bratt Delivers Again Once again Kay Bratt proves she's a master of Asian Historical fiction. Set in China, Hong Kong and San Francisco, this beautifully written story tells the journey undertaken by two sets of "siblings". Bratt has a way of developing her characters that makes you feel them in your soul. The treatment they undergo on the ship to California and the racism they experience in San Francisco is gut wrenching. But there's still so much love and hope. This book gives you all the feels. Bratt Delivers Again Once again Kay Bratt proves she's a master of Asian Historical fiction. Set in China, Hong Kong and San Francisco, this beautifully written story tells the journey undertaken by two sets of "siblings". Bratt has a way of developing her characters that makes you feel them in your soul. The treatment they undergo on the ship to California and the racism they experience in San Francisco is gut wrenching. But there's still so much love and hope. This book gives you all the feels.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tena Bremmer

    I am never disappointed when I read a book by Kay Bratt and A Welcome Misfortune was no different! I can't comprehend how someone can leave their baby girl on a brick wall and just walk away or treat another human being the way Sun Ling and Jingwei were treated. If you haven't read this book you should! I look forward to reading book 2, To Move The World! Thank you Kay Bratt for another great read!! I am never disappointed when I read a book by Kay Bratt and A Welcome Misfortune was no different! I can't comprehend how someone can leave their baby girl on a brick wall and just walk away or treat another human being the way Sun Ling and Jingwei were treated. If you haven't read this book you should! I look forward to reading book 2, To Move The World! Thank you Kay Bratt for another great read!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Caryl

    This was my first novel to read by Kay Bratt. It won't be my last. Bratt shares a riveting and heart wrenching story of sisters. In the midst of trauma, hope is threaded through the pages of this historical drama. It's a fascinating look into the Chinese culture. Recommend to readers who enjoy historical fiction. I borrowed a copy from Kindle Unlimited. All views expressed are my honest opinion. This was my first novel to read by Kay Bratt. It won't be my last. Bratt shares a riveting and heart wrenching story of sisters. In the midst of trauma, hope is threaded through the pages of this historical drama. It's a fascinating look into the Chinese culture. Recommend to readers who enjoy historical fiction. I borrowed a copy from Kindle Unlimited. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Audirsch

    I always love Kay Bratts stories and this one is no exception. Historical fiction at its finest with accurate descriptions and rich detail one can feel the ship rolling on the seas, smell the herbal shop where a character works, and hear the judge's gavel pound in the courtroom. I love the relationships and complexity of emotions explored between brothers who are twins and sisters who are not actually sisters by blood but by oath. I always love Kay Bratts stories and this one is no exception. Historical fiction at its finest with accurate descriptions and rich detail one can feel the ship rolling on the seas, smell the herbal shop where a character works, and hear the judge's gavel pound in the courtroom. I love the relationships and complexity of emotions explored between brothers who are twins and sisters who are not actually sisters by blood but by oath.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    Truly a moving story Sworn sisters. Sisters bound by not blood, but choice. This is the tale of two young women, sold into what should have been a better life, but instead used and misused as household servants. When they get a chance, they flee to America and what they hope will be a better life of their own making. Wonderful detail and characters that will pull you in. Kay Bratt writes a beautiful story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Kay Bratt has taken me on a journey without ever leaving my sofa.......from Hong Kong, to China, to San Francisco and Chinatown. We follow the friendship of Sun Ling, Jingwei and Luli as they become family and face adversity with strength. An excellent story of courage, love, strength and above all.....family.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Cameron

    What a wonderful Christmas gift! Once again, Kay Bratt has used her gift of words to transport me into her story, to a different time, among a people who hold part of my heart. Travel back to China in the late 1800s and join two sisters and two brothers as they each must battle family legacies, cultural inequities and injustices, love, character, and inner-strength.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie N. Frunz

    An amazing story It took a strong young man to save his unwanted sister from the terrible fate of unwanted girls of the Chinese culture. Fate brings him together with two strong young women who are escaping another travesty of their culture. There struggles in America are difficult but how they handle them is worth the read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    I absolutely loved this story. Following the trials and tribulations of Min Kao, Sun Ling, Jingwei, and Luli as they come to America and attempt to make their fortune was an incredible ride. The racism and prejudice they suffered was heartbreaking but they always kept true to themselves through it all. The only question I have is.....Can we please have a Book 3? I'm not ready to say goodbye to them yet. I absolutely loved this story. Following the trials and tribulations of Min Kao, Sun Ling, Jingwei, and Luli as they come to America and attempt to make their fortune was an incredible ride. The racism and prejudice they suffered was heartbreaking but they always kept true to themselves through it all. The only question I have is.....Can we please have a Book 3? I'm not ready to say goodbye to them yet.

  16. 4 out of 5

    carol michaels

    A Welcome Misfortune I wish I could give this 10 stars. The story and characters were riveting. I couldn't put it down. So happy there is another book in the series. A Welcome Misfortune I wish I could give this 10 stars. The story and characters were riveting. I couldn't put it down. So happy there is another book in the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Louise Leonard

    Good but too many coincidences and a deus ex machina ending

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sharon L. Sherman

    Hardcover copy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Knox

    Loved it First of all I was so happy to see a longer story. I have read all of Kay's Chinese historical story's and was excited she was releasing two new ones. Fell right into it and read book one and two in a weekend. Can't wait for book three. You know if it has Kay's name on the cover it will be a great story. Highly recommend both books. Order both at once because you will want to continue the story as soon as you get done. Loved it First of all I was so happy to see a longer story. I have read all of Kay's Chinese historical story's and was excited she was releasing two new ones. Fell right into it and read book one and two in a weekend. Can't wait for book three. You know if it has Kay's name on the cover it will be a great story. Highly recommend both books. Order both at once because you will want to continue the story as soon as you get done.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Grable

    I loved the story of the family and the love the brother had for his mother and sister when the mother was told to ‘get rid of the baby’. So sad how little girls are thought of.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carol Platt

    The book was just awesome. Tells the story of Chinese families , traditions. Kay Bratt let us go into the cultures with outstanding characters.with an unexpected ending.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Poellot

    Definitely worth reading This is one of Kay Bratt’s longer books, but it reads as quickly as her shorter books. Full of details that keep you wanting to see what will happen in the next chapter.

  23. 5 out of 5

    lester ellen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Arthur

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jo-Ann Adelsperger

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Pailing

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beverley Erasmus

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carol Eggett

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura Bryant

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