By Patti Lacy / Bethany House
Title of Book: Reclaiming LilyAuthor: Patti Lacy ISBN: 978-0-7642-0941-3 (pbk) Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Publication Date: 2011 Reviewer: Dell Smith Klein ABOUT THE BOOK: When an insidious genetic disease strikes her family, Harvard graduate Dr. Kai Chang must alert Lily, the sister Kai left on orphanage steps years earlier. Standing in her way are the Powells, Lilys adoptive parents. Gloria Powell, a shy pastor’s wife, distrusts Kai and thinks her presence will send their troubled seventeen-year-old over the precipice of teenaged angst. A Texas-sized tornado whirls when Kai summons the Powells to a Forth-Worth hotel. Tempers and cultures collide. Can Kai and Gloria, separated by culture and faith but devoted to Lily, reconcile their differences and trust their dreams to God? ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patti Lacy, author of Reclaiming Lily, graduated from Baylor University with a BS in education. She also attended Indiana State University. She taught at Heartland Community College until she resigned to pursue writing. Her novels include: An Irishwoman’s Tale, What the Bayou Saw, and The Rhythm of Secrets. Lacy is the mother of two grown children. She and her husband live in Illinois. REVIEWER’S COMMENTS: Bethany House publishers hit the mark with Recovering Lily. The author, Patti Lacy, picked up several themes (abortion, adoption, health issues, and teen angst) and wove them into a fascinating book. The Powells, Gloria and Andrew, from Texas, adopted a young girl from China. When the girl, renamed Joy, is 17, rebellious and troubled, her biological sister from China intrudes on their lives. The sister, Doctor Kai Chang, has been searching for her sister, Lily, who was adopted by an American couple. Kai has learned that a serious illness that caused her mother’s death may run in the family. She hopes to find Lily and her sister’s American family, so she can pass on this critical information. The Powells are not eager to allow Kai contact with their daughter, who at 17 is rebellious and troubled. They want to help their daughter discover that God truly loves her, and that they love her. Though they feel they need to continue protecting Joy, they do make arrangements to meet with Kai to hear her story. Kai’s family history is a shocking litany of Chinas Cultural Revolution and childhood memories. Kai wonders what is right, what she has been taught about the faits, or what the Americans say about the Christian God? As time goes by she wants to know more about the Christian God, and even attends church, but often what is said causes her confusion. Oh, by the way, there is a gentle romance in Recovering Lily. Kai is being wooed, but it is subtle and precious. And, love shared Gloria and Andrew shines in their actions and reactions to each other. After reading Reclaiming Lily, I know that I want to read Patti Lacy’s other novels. I recommend Reclaiming Lily.