Sunday, November 13, 2011

Reclaiming Lily by Patti Lacy

Another book by Bethany House publishers which I completely loved!! This book, Reclaiming Lily has so many themes—foreign adoption, China’s one-child policy, health tragedies, seeking Christ, rebellious teenagers, and so many others—and they fit nicely together into one cohesive story. I loved it.

The book focuses on a Texan family who adopted a ten year old girl from China and her Chinese sister (who is working as a doctor in the USA). The Chinese doctor, Kai, desperately searches for her youngest sister Lily who was adopted by an American couple. She fears that Lily may have a deadly disease which killed their mother. Lily (who was renamed Joy by her adoptive parents) is a rebellious teen whose parents are at their wits end, but who wish to continue protecting her and loving her. They are hesitant to meet with Kai when she contacts them, but they do and all their lives are changed.

Kai speaks of her family’s tragic history in China’s cultural revolution and her memories from childhood. She gains the family’s trust (including Lily/Joy’s) and their drama continues together. Throughout it all, Kai struggles with/seeks for God.

I don’t want to give more away, but I will say that I was entranced by the story. It is a very intense story, one I hated to put down. I would strongly recommend this book! ( I will say the picture on the front of the book is the only issue I’d have with it—I can’t figure out, even after reading it, who/what it’s representing!—but it’s just the cover illustration, just ignore it!) It’s a dramatic book, but an easy read. Very nice!

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purposes of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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