Apr 2, 2012

Reclaiming Lily

Lily was born in China. Before she was born, her parents were both sent to prison for crimes they did not commit. Once released, the family lived the life of paupers, instead of the well-to-do lifestyle they had enjoyed in the past. When Lily's mother finds out she is pregnant, she is upset. She doesn't want another baby with life the way it has been. Fourth Daughter, as Lily is affectionately called, is taken to the nearby orphanage to be raised.

Kai visits her younger sister as often as she can, peeking through the orphanage fence to watch Fourth Daughter grow up. One day, an American couple arrives at the orphangage. When the woman sees Lily, she knows she has met her baby girl, even though the child is already 10 years old. Second Daughter Kai watches as Lily is taken to the American woman and embraced as her daughter.

Years later, Kai goes to Texas to find her younger sister. She has news about a possible health defect that Lily, or Joy as her adopted parents call her, could have. She meets with Andrew and Gloria Powell, and eventually meets her sister once again. But the family reunion is not all smiles and hugs. Gloria is unsure about Kai's intent, not wanting to lose her daughter. And Lily has an attitude a mile wide, hating everyone and everything.

I loved reading about Kai and Lily getting to know each other, the smiles and tears as the sisters share and confide in each other. The transformations that take place in each of the character's lives is reflective of what can happen when we allow God to work in our lives.

I received this complementary book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

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