Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book Review: Reclaiming Lily

It's time for another LitFuse Blog Tour!  This one, for Reclaiming Lily, an amazing book by Patti Lacy.

I reviewed another book by Patti Lacy back at the beginning of the year.  Rhythm of Secrets was fabulous, and one thing I said about it then made it so I simply had to request Reclaiming Lily for review:  "What I liked more than anything is that Lacy writes most of her significant characters in a way that makes me feel like I can see their point of view, and understand why they are doing what they do."

Okay, so basic plot teaser, from the publisher:
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.
The story opens in China, in 1990, when Reverend and Mrs. Powell are there to adopt a baby.  Instead, they return home with a beautiful 10-year-old girl who they name Joy.  Chapter one picks up in 1997 in that Ft. Worth hotel described above.

The story flips back and forth from the point of view of Gloria Powell, Joy's mom, to the point of view of Kai Chang, Lily's older sister.  These two women are the most developed characters in the book, but Joy/Lily ends up pretty fleshed out too.  I really feel like I know all three of these ladies.

This book is fabulous.  There is so much here... adoption (from multiple points of view), teen-aged angst (from multiple points of view), life-threatening medical conditions...

You can see what others had to say by visiting the Reclaiming Lily blog tour page.

Patti Lacy is celebrating the release of her latest book, Reclaiming Lily,  with a KindleTouch Giveaway, blog tour and FB Book Chat Party!

Follow the blog tour and read the reviews!

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

Enter the Reclaiming Lily Giveaway and you could win:
  • A brand new just released KindleTouch with Wi-Fi
  • $25 gift cetificate to
But, wait there’s more!

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. Giveaway ends on 10/19! Patti will be announcing the winner of the Reclaiming Lily Giveaway at her Party on Facebook October 20th! She’ll be hosting a book club chat of Reclaiming Lily (it's okay if you haven't read it - you could win a copy!) and giving away other fun prizes! (signed copies of her books and gift certificates to, Starbucks, & iTunes!). Don’t miss the fun at Patti’s FB Author Page on 10/20/11 at 5pm PST ( 6 pm MST, 7 pm CST, & 8 pm EST)! RSVP today!

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Disclaimer:  I received this book through LitFuse.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.  


patti lacy said...

Debra, we meet again!!!
Thanks for spending hours we me and my ladies:) Wow. I'm just thrilled that you connected not once, but twice.

I appreciate all you do for authors AND moms.

Blessings, dear one.

Debra said...

See, I keep writing these reviews, forgetting that there are a few amazing authors who not only read what I wrote, but comment...

It was a pleasure to spend time with you and your ladies, and while I am cutting back on book reviews, YOU are someone I will keep requesting.

patti lacy said...

I just look at you and that precious little one and know why you are cutting back :)