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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Scattered Links by M. Weidenbenner takes you into the neighborhood of an eastern European town with orphans. This is a fictional account of the pain that tore at the hearts of many in the post-Soviet era, dealing with issues of abandonment and self worth that seem to plague those who do not have a family. You never realize how important family is until you no longer have one. While I personally have never experienced the issues that are laid out in this story, I know many who have. I also know some people who live in the post-Soviet world.
This story rings so true and so close that it is sometimes hard to remember that it is fiction. This book is good for all ages and opens your eyes as you follow the journey of the main character, an orphan who at times may seem bratty to those who have not had to tread a mile in her shoes. Really, how could any of us understand the extent of what happened? The story itself is written very well and you can tell that not only did much research go into it, but also editing and attention to writing detail. The entire story is constructed to make it an experience for the reader and it is one I enjoyed. From the very first page until the last, I was riveted. This is a read-again story and even with the emotional charge in it, I recommend it.