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Reclaiming Lily by [Lacy, Patti]
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Riveting Race against the Clock to Save a Young Woman's Life

A storm the size of Texas brews when Gloria Powell and Kai Chang meet in a Dallas 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?

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A Mother's Love. A Sister's Promise.
Will Two Women Find the Path to Save a Young Woman's Life?

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, Lily's 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 Fort 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?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1431 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (Oct. 1 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LOPOC4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Reclaiming Lily is a story that you cannot help but be moved by, with characters so real that by the end of the book they will feel like family. I'll be honest - some parts meandered a bit slowly, and at those points I almost lost interest in the story. But I am so glad I continued reading, as I was ultimately swept up into the pain and the triumph of the characters. In fact, some moments were profoundly touching and brought tears to my eyes, such as the scene where Joy finds Gloria on the bathroom floor.

Probably my favorite character was Kai with her strong, determined spirit, rising above the tragedy of the past violence of the Chinese cultural revolution. Her search for God (or perhaps his pursuit of her) was profound and ultimately triumphant, and Lacy expertly incorporated the saving power of Jesus into the story without being the least bit preachy. The conclusion is powerful and left me with a feeling of deep satisfaction. This was the first novel that I have read by Patti Lacy - but it certainly will not be the last.

I strongly recommend this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Readers who enjoy contemporary novels, and books that wrestle with very real issues like cross-cultural adoption and the reality of kidney disease, will especially appreciate this novel.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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Patti Lacy tells a story of deep pain and great joy. Reclaiming Lily is full of difficult, true to life situations. International adoption, kidney disease, teenage angst, attempted suicide and a host of other difficult topics are found in these pages. Lacy deals with these hard issues in a wonderful way, showing that the God of Love transcends all these troubles, and He is with us even in our darkest moments. This message comes through loud and clear, but is not preachy. I was captivated by the characters, and found some of the details very interesting, especially in regard to the cultural revolution in China. This book is well worth the read.

I recommend this book to readers who are interested in fiction that explores cultural differences and kidney disease.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.)
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The book shares the the lives of people struggling to find their faith,with the those that have found their way. The book shares life as it truly is for many.
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The story was quite good. I however,gave it only a 3 rating because of the constant angst in the book. It helped that the ending was finally happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complex Plot Dec 6 2013
By Lillian Ammann (Lillie) - Published on
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An American couple adopts a ten-year-old girl in China, having no idea that she has a family who love and want her. They had to put in the orphanage during the Cultural Revolution because her parents had four children already and weren't allowed to have more. They managed to hide their mother's pregnancy but knew they couldn't hide the child any longer. Lily has problems adjusting along with teenage rebellion. Kai, Lily's older sister who studied medicine and practices medicine in the US, shows up to warn her parents that their mother died of a genetic kidney disease and Lily might have it also. At first, Lily's parents--especially her mother, fear this Chinese sister will be the final blow to their relationship with their daughter but soon realize that Kai is a good influence on Lily. The complex plot is an amalgam of Chinese culture and history, family (biological and adoptive) relationships, medical trauma, romance, and faith in God.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story May 11 2016
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I enjoyed this story. I learned about the Revolution and PKD. The characters were great and realistic. A couple things didn't line up with my idea of correctness, but these are minor. I adopted from China in 2006 and the rules were such that I can't see this story adoption working like that, but maybe the rules were different back then. And the surprise ending didn't bring as much pleasure as it probably should have because what was good didn't get restored, but something new and different happened. Maybe that part wasn't developed enough to prepare me to celebrate it as was intended. The individual characters were interesting and grew in maturity and faith as the story developed and I really enjoyed that process.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!! A must read! May 25 2012
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Patti Lacy is a new author for me so I wasn't sure what to except of her book, but I will pleasantly surprised and amazed at this wonderful new author for me. I will sure be watching for more books from Ms. Lacy in the future.

With wonderful character that will grasp your heart in the beginning and keep it until the very end, Patti Lacy pens a contemporary story that will sure stay with you for long after you finish the book. I learned a lot about China and the Chinese culture reading this book, and sometimes the reading was difficult because of the situation.

Joy, (and I love her name!) struggles with moving to America and her new American family. Joy's sister Kai is determined to find her, after leaving her in a Chinese orphanage, but must first win the trust of Joy/Lily's adopted parents. Join Joy/Lily as we follow her journey though her life in China and as it continues in the Americas.

I really encourage you to grab a copy of this adoption story of love, loss and redemption to read for yourself. This will be one of the best books you have read in a while!

A copy of this book was provided by Bethany House for me to review and give my honest opinion, which I have.
4.0 out of 5 stars A story that increased it's hold on me the more I read. April 19 2014
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Although I was not immediately captivated by the story or the characters, I am glad that I continued to turn the pages. It's almost as though the author didn't really know her characters well when she first began to write, but as she became more well-acquainted, so did I. By the time I was more than half way through, I was rewarded for not giving up too soon. I was gratified to learn from the author's note at the end that the character of Kai is based upon a woman who knew as a child in China that she wanted to become a healer, came to America, attended Harvard and earned her MD. The story is inspirational without being manipulative. Enjoy!
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story idea, development not so great March 20 2014
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The premise of this book is good, the story line interesting. But for the most part, the way it's developed needs work.

Positive: Kai's story was developed well and enjoyable, seemed realistic. I really liked the frequent explanations of the Chinese point-of-view compared to American culture. This was probably my favorite part of the book. I thought the author did a great job explaining Chinese way-of-life, especially the concept of "honor" and how it impacted Kai's actions even after living in America.

I also liked the ending and the relationship Kai ended up in, I like how the author kept you guessing till the end. I thought that relationship could have been better developed, nevertheless I did enjoy that it wasn't completely predictable like so many.

Switching back-and-forth between Kai's and Gloria's perspectives made for an interesting read and helped the reader gain understanding of each woman's actions.

Negative: Joy's story was completely unbelievable, happened way too quickly and would never happen like that in real life. Also there was too much of Gloria's thoughts, and sometimes Kai's. We don't need a whole page (or more) detailing the thoughts of someone over just a second or two of real time. Gloria also seemed totally irrational in her reactions several times. And Andrew was hardly developed at all, seemed like a plastic mannequin hanging around doing everything exactly perfectly and predictable, and doing nothing at the same time.