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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Bracelet...Review

About the book:
Newly heartbroken and searching for purpose in her life, Abby Monroe is determined to make her mark as a UN worker in one of the world's most unstable cities: Peshawar, Pakistan. But after witnessing the brutal murder of a woman thrown from a building, she is haunted by the memory of an intricate and sparkling bracelet that adorned the victim's wrist.

At a local women's shelter, Abby meets former sex slaves who have miraculously escaped their captors. As she gains the girls' trust and documents their horrifying accounts of unspeakable pain and betrayal, she joins forces with a dashing New York Times reporter who believes he can incriminate the shadowy leader of the vicious human trafficking ring. Inspired by the women's remarkable bravery -- and the mysterious reappearance of the bracelet -- the duo traces evidence that spreads from remote villages of South Asia to the most powerful corners of the West, risking their lives to offer a voice to the countless innocents in bondage.

After losing her job and her boyfriend, Abby Monroe takes a job as a UN worker in Pakistan.  Murder, human trafficking and a new country are light years away from her normal reality.

I liked Abby well enough, but for all her education and experience, she was woefully ignorant of how many in this world live. Perhaps too many of us are. Her intentions to help and change this world were noble, however, and when she finds her cause in helping women who have been liberated from the sex trade, she is compassionate and kind.  I loved Nick.  I hated Najeela and with good reason apparently.

The Bracelet is an emotional roller coaster and difficult to read in some places, particularly as Nick and Abby are listening to these women tell their stories.  Roberta Gately did a terrific job tackling this topic, and I think it's one that more people need to be aware of.

Mild, unnecessary profanity.

Thanks to Leyane at FSB Associates.  You can learn more about Roberta Gately here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 3/13

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3/5 Stars

2 comments:

  1. I'd love to read more about Pakistan so I'm adding this to my wish list.

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  2. This is a book that I would love, and I am glad that you shared your opinions on it with us. It sounds very involving, and I also feel that there are a lot of people that don't know how the rest of the world lives, so it would probably be a good read for a wide audience. I'm off now to look for two books!

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