My Review: Reclaiming Lily left me spellbound. The rich writing of Ms. Lacy beckons, and draws one into the story and emotions of the characters. I was surprised at how immersed I became in the story, I couldn't believe how fast the time flew by!
Miles deep emotionally, done in such a way that is un-put-down-able, and page-turning. This book was a beautiful masterpiece, painful, yet inspiring, with a beautiful message of hope, perseverance, and faith.
I really liked how Ms. Lacy used two characters, Kai and Gloria, who couldn't be more different from each other to tell the story. I was amazed at how well done the character of Kai was. She was outwardly calm and in control, but on the inside she was confused, hurting, and in need of something more in her life. There was so much attention to detail in the way that Ms. Lacy integrated the Chinese culture and the American lifestyle into to Kai, I loved just how much detail was paid to that, I would have read this book just for how well developed Kai was :)
Lily/Joy is the fourth daughter of a struggling Chinese family during the counterrevolution of China. After leaving her youngest sister on the doorstep of an orphanage, Kai is determined to succeed in school and become a doctor as a way to help her family and get out of China's crushing system. Lily gets adopted by a pastor and his wife who rename her Joy. Joy grows up to be a trouble teen, but one tornado might just be the beginning of a life-changing journey.
Reclaiming Lily is a book that will inspire and entertain. Emotionally deep, with characters who will tug at your heart strings. Ms. Lacy has written a beautiful story that will capture your hearts and you will be loath to see this story end. This is a book that you will not regret picking up!
Final Rating 5.3 out of 5
Thanks to Bethany House Publishers who provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.