Monday, October 10, 2011

Reclaiming Lily~Book Review


Reclaiming Lily by Patti Lacy is the story of a 10 year old girl living in a Chinese orphanage during China’s Cultural Revolution.

About the book

A storm the size of Texas brews when Gloria Powell and Kai Chang meet in a Ft. Worth hotel. They have come to discuss the future of Lily, the daughter Gloria adopted from China and the sister Kai hopes to reclaim. Kai is a doctor who had to give up her little sister during the Cultural Revolution and has since discovered that an inherited genetic defect may be waiting to fatally strike Lily.

Gloria's relationship with her daughter is tattered and strained, and the arrival of Kai, despite the woman's apparent good intentions, makes Gloria fearful. Gloria longs to restore her relationship with Lily, but in the wake of this potentially devastating diagnosis, is Kai an answer to prayer--or will her arrival force Gloria to sacrifice more than she ever imagined?

My Thoughts

This book is about a topic very close to my heart. Adoption. Andrew and Gloria Powell travel to China in search of their baby daughter, only to be told when they arrive at the orphanage that there is no baby waiting for them. It seems to Gloria that their chance at happiness in having the family they always dreamed of was slipping away amidst the turbulent time of the cultural revolution China undergoing.  Then Gloria sees 10 year old Lily and she knows that this is her daughter. She knows that God is telling her that the little girl standing before her will complete their family.

As Lily’s (the Powell’s name her Joy) life is about to change, her sister Kai Chang is witnessing her sister being taken away seemly forever by the Powell’s.

Fast forward 7 years. Joy (Lily) is now a teenager struggling to fit in, being a teen is difficult enough, being an adopted teen living in Texas were there are not many Asian people is heartbreaking for Joy. Gloria and Andrew are struggling to help their daughter and feel lost and helpless.

Then Kai enters their lives. She is now a doctor, a renal specialist. She put herself through Harvard Medial School.  Kai learned all she could about PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), the disease that killed their mother.  Kai too has suffered, had her family torn apart because of the revolution, watched her sister being taken away and her life irrevocably changed.  She is determined to find Joy, she is worried Joy has PKD which is genetic.

Gloria is so frightened when Kai comes into their lives, she worries that Kai will try to take Joy from them and tear their family further apart. Can Gloria trust Kai? What are Kai’s motives?

Reclaiming Lily is such a deep and a touching story. The characters are believable and complex. Each sharing their struggles, their fears. Their hearts. It is a beautiful story. Patti Lacy  is a wonderful writer. You you will wonder about the outcome until the story ends. 

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Patti and her publisher, Bethany House, are giving away a Reclaiming Lily prize package worth over $150 to one lucky winner!!!!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as a member of Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions in this post and on this blog are my own.


patti said...

You THRILLED me with your review AND your personal connection! Thank you for sharing from that deepest place in your heart.

Many blessings to your creative ones!!!!!!!!

patti lacy said...

Of course I forgot to mention that WE have an adopted Korean son, Sangnam Kim, living with us this very minute! He has brought wonderful cuisine and respect of elders and rock climbing and immeasurable joy into our lives. Um, he's a bit older from your two, judging from the picture (a student here at Illinois State) but we still thrill in God's new mercies.

I'm so glad to connect with you. Hope you check out my Facebook (when you have time :) )