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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Beautiful Evil Winter by Kelly K. Lavender speaks about international adoption and the complications that can arise if it is done from an unsafe country like Russia. Ethan and Sophia go to Russia to adopt a baby boy. When they arrive, they realize that they are the targets of the Russian Mafia. We see the story unfolding with a lot of twists and turns. The story is a revelation of the traumas and hardships we undergo to achieve something in our lives. The story is thrilling and exciting though we find the protagonists holed up in an apartment most of the time. It is a good book for parents who are looking for adopting outside the United States.
The story is fast paced and will keep readers glued till the last page. It is a good theme that has been handled very well. The mix of love, excitement, suspense and a healthy dose of politics make it a compelling story. Readers feel sympathetic towards Sophie and Ethan and it opens your eyes more towards adoptive parents, adoption outside your country, and the violence in Russia. All characters, including Ethan and Sophie, have been portrayed well to make the story great reading. Apart from the story, the book also opens your eyes on the complications that can arise while adopting from a foreign country.
The book has a little bit of everything, giving it that emotional edge. Will Sophie and Ethan be freed by the Russian Mafia and will they be able to adopt a baby boy?