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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    Excellent Human Trafficking Story!This is a fast paced story tha

    Excellent Human Trafficking Story!This is a fast paced story that takes Abby to the streets of Geneva, where she witnesses a murder. One of the things that stands out most for Abby is a piece of jewelry the victim has on: a bracelet with sparkling gems. Abby contacts authorities, but the scene of the crime is clean and Abby begins to doubt what she saw, blaming it on the side effects of a medication she is taking for sleep. Abby then travels to Peshawar, Pakistan as a UN nurse. Leaving behind a broken heart and wanting to find herself again, she takes on this very dangerous job assignment, considering how tumultous the environment is.

    Abby is housed with a Pakistani hostess, where she oversees reports on immunizations for women and children. She then decides to visit the clinic and begins to put a name with each number assigned to those getting vaccinated and learns about sexual trafficking. While she delves deeper into the stories of those at the clinic, she begins to question all those she meets and soon finds herself running for her life. With the help of a New York Times newsreporter, both try to escape the dark world and bring light to the 3rd largest export business in the world: human trafficking.

    The stories of the different women rescued from that dark world are given a voice through their talks with Abby and Nick. Soon, the bracelet, the world of human smuggling, and everyone’s role in that horrid life become apparent, with secrets uncovered and fraud at the highest level is discovered.

    Roberta’s writing is very elaborate and raises awareness on such an important human rights issue: human trafficking for sexual purposes. The story is very fast paced and told with such detail, that the reader will connect with the characters. I would have wanted to learn more about the bracelet and its significance, as well as Najeela’s role with her uncle and fiance. However, it was still an overall great book! -booksintheburbs

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

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     This book was fascinating and tragic at the same time.  It gave

     This book was fascinating and tragic at the same time.  It gave me a look inside the world of human trafficking at a time when my local church is getting involved in a local program dealing with human trafficking.  It is really scary to me to think that there may be women in my own community who are trafficking victims - but that is a story for antoher day - back to The Bracelet.

    Abby chose to go to Peshawar to get away from a broken heart and an unsatisfying job.  She wasn't really thinking about where she was going, but what she was running from.  When she sees a woman fall from a balcony in Geneva on her way to Peshawar, she has no way of knowing what that even will come to mean to her, but it is really just foreshadowing the events that she will experience in Pakistan. 

    She is pretty timid at first, pretty introverted, visiting the camp but not really stepping out side the boundaries she has erected for herself.   As she gets to know the women though, her compassion comes to the forefront and she really starts to relate to them and goes out of her way to befriend them.  Abby does not really understand how Najeela, an Afghan woman who works in the UN house that Abby lives in, does not want to do more for these women.  Najeela is just concerned with what her European boyfriend can give her in the way of jewelry,  and how she is going to get past her father's objections when she announces that she wants to marry him.

    Nick, a journalist who comes to Pakistan to do an article on Abby, also helps to push Abby out of her comfort zone.  Abby is determined not to cooperate with him, because she does not want to be the subject of an article.  But like with the women in the camp, her carefully constructed walls start to come down and soon her and Nick have stumbled upon some key players in the trafficking world. 

    LIke I said in the beginning, this was a fascinating read but the tragedy that is happening both here and all over the world is horrifying.  It was quick paced and really kept me glued to the pages.  I would highly recomment this one if you are looking for chick lit with a little soul.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

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    Abby Monroe has lost her job as a nurse after Hurricane Katrina

    Abby Monroe has lost her job as a nurse after Hurricane Katrina wiped out the hospital in New Orleans where she worked. Soon thereafter her boyfriend Eric dumped her and moved from Boston to Oregon, saying he needed to do this alone. Now she's initially in Geneva, where she inadvertently witnesses a devastating crime which haunts her dreams for a very long time. Now, she just wants to get away which she does by being accepted for a UN job in Pakistan. The nightmare and sorrow of the past now becomes the escape route to reshaping her life but certainly not as expected at all!

    Abby receives a warm welcome from another UN worker, Najeela, and a cold, hard look from the UN housekeeper, Hana. Reeling from the sites of abandoned children and abused women at a nearby refugee cam, Abby meets an American Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist, Nick who initially strikes her as an arrogant waste of a guy but who later will be the link that helps her keep her sanity. Now Abby is enduring culture shock of the highest magnitude!

    In the days ahead Abby learns of the sexual traffic and opium businesses that just might be linked to someone she is coming to know well. Story after story is recounted by women who were sold as young girls in order to insure financial solvency for the girls' family, with devastating, abusive scars that will probably never heal permanently.

    The remainder of the story concerns the capture of those deeply involved in maintaining and promoting the illegal sexual and drug traffic not only in Pakistan and nearby Afghanistan but across the Middle East and Europe as well. Some characters are part of the secret sent to put a stop to this travesty of justice and the story ultimately reaches a violent conclusion involving some thought to be innocent and others who seemed unimportant who are pivotal to solving these crimes.

    The Bracelet: A Novel is a hard, tough story to take but a necessary one. This is truly "real" fiction and well told. It should be a story that fosters greater dialogue about how to cope with these pathological, evil deeds and their perpetrators. Finely told, Ms. Gately

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

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    I received this book from the publisher Thanks Gallery!! Again t

    I received this book from the publisher Thanks Gallery!! Again this is one of my branch out books. Not something I would normally read. But this book was so good. I love the cover its beautiful and classic. This story will grip you and not let you go until the end. A book about a real issue we face today. Human Trafficking is really something we have to worry about. My mother had a brush with this when she was a teen. She had applied for a babysitting job that would allow her to travel the world with the family. And at 18 that seemed wonderful. So she set up a time to meet. When she got to the house it was swarming with police. She later found out that they had been kidnapping young woman and sending them over seas. So read this book it will move you!
    "*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."

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