First, let me say that The Palest Ink is on sale for only 99 cents currently.

Next, I want you to know that out of all my books I’ve written, this one means the most to me. It was the hardest to write with tons of research. Also the hardest to edit. And I sobbed at the end of creating specific chapters I won’t talk about here, because I hate spoilers.

But it’s also a story of hope.

And inspirational people who refuse to follow a dictator and instead risk their lives to do the right thing.

I can promise you this; you will walk away a changed person after reading this story that is based on real victim and survivor accounts of a time of chaos called the Cultural Revolution. It’s set in the 60’s, when the USA was all about the Vietnam War, and had no idea what was going on behind the secretive borders of China. You’ll be shocked, to say the least. And if you like this book and want to know more about what happened to the main character after he grew up, there’s a series of books based on him called The Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters. Those are set in modern day and were inspired by a true story of a man who worked around a railway station for years and picked up abandoned baby girls, that he and his wife raised as their own.

The series was a runaway success, selling more than a quarter of a million copies!

And those are all on sale right now too.

Grab them all while you can. I think you’ll be glad you did.  {download today at sale prices} 

Scroll down to see what others have said about reading THE PALEST INK.

I find it one of the greatest joys…
When a book brings me to tears.
It may be sad that I find joy in my tears.
But, I just find it beautiful.
when these words that someone wrote.. Form such a brilliant, vivid story that you are completely entranced by it, I was so caught up in what was happening, that I lost myself, and I had a melt down and I cried as if I had lost my own family – I cried these beautifully sad tears for these characters that I grew to love. Being able to do this to a reader, is absolutely undeniable talent. Kay Bratt you are so very talented. And I whole heartedly look forward to the rest of your books.
Kay Bratt is my new favorite author! The Palest Ink is a wonderful novel. Excellent character development and I learned something about Mao’s Cultural Revolution in China. I’m going to China next March and thought it would be fun to read a novel taking place in China. I got a lot more than I bargained for since it was such a good book! I’ve read 4 more by her–The Scavenger’s Daughters, Tangled Vines, Bitter Winds, and Red Skies. I enjoyed them all. The Palest Ink is a prequel to the other 4 but I recommend reading it first for background. I highly recommend this series. Each book is quite moving.
Thank you, Kay Bratt for writing this amazing series. I sincerely believe The Scavenger’s Daughters series should be required reading in every school because history really DOES repeat itself. As I read this particular installment, I highlighted everything that paralleled current events taking place in the United States as well as around the world in this moment in history. The playbook doesn’t change much throughout the ages nor locality. Kay Bratt has gifted us with several unforgettable characters to usher the readers along this educational journey. Lots of wisdom. life lessons, reflection on what is most important in life, resilience and that which makes us all human.
It is hard to review a book through tears. As well as being a brilliant story after reading the scavenger series, it also opened my eyes and mind about China’s cultural revolution and what happened. It is easy to ignore that part of history that was so unpleasant from the other side of the world, but it is also important for everyone to take the opportunity to educate themselves about what was happening at that time.
A brilliant read! Thank you Kay Bratt.

Are you convinced yet that you need to read these books? I hope so.

You can find them here at this link ———–> [Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters]

 

13 Comments

  1. Pat Arnold on October 15, 2020 at 11:45 am

    With China so much in the news these days Kay Bratt’s book series will give you such insight that you will want to read every book in the series. And then crave more stories. I didn’t realize that The Palest Ink was the 1st book in the series & I started with The Scavenger’s Daughter. This author has a talent of transporting
    you into the story. You won’t be disappointed if you pick up the book.

    • Tom Fisher on October 15, 2020 at 11:56 am

      I agree 100% with Pat.

    • Kay Bratt on October 15, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you, Pat, for the praise! And it’s reader’s choice on whether to start with the prequel set in the 60’s, or book one in modern day and read the series first and then go back to the prequel. Either way works.

      • Cindy on October 15, 2020 at 2:14 pm

        Love this series! Unforgettable characters that I fell in love with. I love all of Kay’s books but this series is my favorite along with her book Silent Tears.

  2. Tom Fisher on October 15, 2020 at 11:54 am

    I loved the five books. They’re fabulous! Through them, I gained insight to the land of my two daughters. Guidebooks to China are a great way to read about historic sights but I like to read about a country’s people. Kay Bratt has given me a lot of insight into the people and how they lived and what challenges they faced due to internal politics.

    I highly recommend you read all 5 of this great series. If you have any interest in the Chinese people, these books will fascinate you. Picking one up will trap you into not being able to put the books down until the conclusion. You’ll want to read everyone of them because the characters come alive. Yes, the books are that good.

    • Kay Bratt on October 15, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks so much, Tom!

  3. Moya Smith on October 15, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    I have been a Kay Bratt fan for a while but these are my favorite books. You can read just one and enjoy it but I was always hungry for more. I highly recommend this series not just for the pictures of life in Modern China from an author who has lived there but also for the true humanity of the characters and their struggles.

  4. Sharon Bosser on October 15, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Totally loved this book!! And the series were amazing!! Actually ALL of your books are amazing!!

  5. Carmi Henderson on October 16, 2020 at 2:25 am

    I have read all of these and Palest Ink is my favorite. I have read tons of nonfiction about China especially during the cultural revolution and this is the first fiction book that has a true feel for what really happened in China during that awful time. Highly recommend all of these books!

  6. Kamber on October 16, 2020 at 3:01 am

    I have read the Scavenger’s Daughters series and absolutely loved it. Each was heartbreaking, but also full of hope. I’d love more of the girls’ stories. I am looking forward to reading The Palest Ink as well.

    • Marilyn on October 16, 2020 at 11:39 am

      You can’t read just one…you’ll be sure to come back for all five! Breathtakingly beautiful stories of courage and hope…I read them all in less than a week ♡

  7. Barbara on October 16, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Kay,
    I emailed you after reading Silent Tears, the first book I downloaded on my kindle years ago. I loved that book and bought more of your books, some of which I haven’t read yet. I just purchased the Scavengers Daughters series along with The Palest Ink. Do you recommend starting with that one even though it is the prequel?
    I’m so excited about reading these books!

    Thanks Kay
    Barbara

  8. Jane Roberts on October 19, 2020 at 11:25 am

    I loved Scavengers Daughters and the Palest Ink. They were some of my favorite books! The stories are so easy to read and they hook you in right away. Loved reading about the culture of China and the courage of these Chinese People during the crisis they went through!

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