Adoption is a subject very close to my heart as I have adopted family members. I love reading adoption stories and gaining a perspective on different parts of the world, even when the adoption is difficult. The book, Reclaiming Lily, by Patty Lacy tells such a tale.
Lily is the adopted daughter of Gloria and Andrew Powell. The Powells found her in an orphanage in China during the Cultural Revolution. What they didn’t know at the time was that Lily had three older sisters. One of them, Kai, has come forward with the news of a possible terminal illness. Lily’s parents, namely Gloria, have difficulty accepting Kai’s claims, especially since Lily has been distant and rebellious lately. Lily, her parents, and Kai all embark on a journey of discovery and new found hope.
Never before have I read a book that became so real to me. Patti writes the characters and setting with such clarity. I wasn’t reading about a revolution in China or hiding out in a basement during a storm; I was living it. I also learned a lot about PKD, the genetic disease that runs in Kai and Lily’s family.
This book is wonderful example of human nature and how everything happens for a reason. Sometimes, its the bad things that bring us together and Raising Lily is a wonderful example of that. Pick up a copy on Amazon.com.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the book gratis for review purposes. All opinions are my own.