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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Advent - Scattered Links by Michelle Weidenbenner

 BRONZE Medal Winner in Dan Poytner's Global eBook Awards in Multi-Cultural LIterature 

 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. 

 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.

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Award-Winning and Best-Selling Author Michelle grew up in the burbs of Detroit with five brothers. No sisters. Each time her mom brought the boy bundle home from the hospital she cried, certain her mom liked boys better than girls. But when her brothers pitched in with the cooking, cleaning, and babysitting, without drama, she discovered having brothers wasn’t so bad. They even taught her how to take direct criticism without flinching, which comes in handy with book reviews. 

When she’s not writing she’s winning ugly on the tennis court. She’s known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.” No joke. It’s ugly.

Michelle's Christmas Wishes...
"I don’t want any gifts, I only want to be able to spend time with my family and give them gifts they’ll cherish. The one thing that would make me the happiest would be if my son found a job. He’s been unemployed for over two years. He started a landscaping business and worked long hours all summer, but now it’s cold and that service isn’t needed. He’s trying to learn how to lay tile and wood floors to help pay bills because he has two daughters and a wife, but he needs a career job that will lift his spirits and make him feel valued and give him purpose."

Fondest Christmas Memory...
"Three months after we adopted our daughter from Russia we watched her celebrate her first Christmas. She was 28 months and had never seen a Christmas tree, a wrapped gift, or a balloon. We bought her one of those Little Tykes Cozy Coupe cars and tied a few balloons to it near the lit tree and I’ll never forget her face and how it shined. Even though she didn’t know us well, or the English language (she was adopted from Russia), she learned all about joy that day."

Top 3 Charities to donate to at Christmas...
University of Minnesota – the International Adoption Clinic, 
Heart Association, 
Cancer Foundation

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Sharon x

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  1. I've been looking for a new book to read over the holidays and this looks like it is just what I'm after!

    Emma | DollfaceBlogs x

  2. This sounds like it could be a bit of a tearjerker - may get this for my niece.


  3. I definitely needed tissues nearby for this one--for both tears of sadness and tears of joy. This novel will grip your heart in ways it has never been gripped before. It deserves all the awards it has been given and a whole lot more!

  4. Sounds like a sad story, yet a reminder to take care of those who may need help.

  5. I am not sure I could read this story. I have three adopted children who have struggled with similar issues. I live it...

  6. I don't think I would stop crying if I read this.

  7. looks really interesting. i had an adoption fail because of RAD, the child being unable to attach or bond or have relationships- and a slew of other emotional problems. i wish more people knew about things like this, it would place less stigma on the kids and the adults dealing with it. it's a terrible, impossible thing in some cases.

  8. Scattered links look interesting, seems that Oksana had a very difficult upbringing! x

  9. Would love this. Sounds really touching and I too, only want to spend time with my family!


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