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Reclaiming Lily

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  355 ratings  ·  76 reviews
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 disco...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers
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When I heard what this story was about (a little girl adopted from China) I knew I had to read the story. One of my dreams is to adopt a little girl from China someday should the Lord provide a way. But before I can go myself, I wanted to be taken there through the pages of this story.

I was there. I was taken from China back to America and through the gauntlet of emotion this family went through. The emotions are so entwined and complex! I was pulled from the struggles of being parents to a reb...more
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Patti Lacy first grabbed my attention with her previous release, The Rhythms of Secrets. (Which you can read my review HERE). It wasn't just her real-life characters and amazing story plot, but also her writing style that captured me from the very beginning. And she has done it again in Reclaiming Lily. Once again, I am swept off my feet in an amazing, believable tale of heartache, loss, family, and sacrificial love.

Like a painter wielding a brush, Pat...more
Years ago a Chinese family had to give up their baby to an orphanage with every intent of reclaiming her once they could take care of her. When that day came it was one day too late and she was being adopted by an American family. 7 years later her sister, Kai, is seeking out Lily's American family to give them the news that their mother had a hereditary disease that Lily could be carrying. She finds the perfect little American family isn't so perfect and maybe just maybe they need her after all...more
Kendra Neal
Wow, wow, wow! This book is an awesome book about the joy of adoption for one family, yet how another family is left wondering and hoping to be reunited one day. I really appreciate that the story line is about an older child, as many times older children in orphanages are "unwanted". Gloria knew the moment she was told that there were no infants available and upon seeing Lily that God was directing her that Lily was meant to be a part of their family. As Lily grows into her teens, she becomes r...more
Two worlds literally collide in this story. Adoptive parents, Rev. Andrew and Gloria Powell have their world turned upside down when out of nowhere a physician contacts them about their daughter, Joy. Dr. Kai Chang, has information about a rare inherited disorder, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) that may be affecting their seventeen year old adopted daughter Joy, who was known as Lily in China.

And if that revelation isn’t enough, Joy also happens to be Dr. Chang’s birth sister. With a vested in...more
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a sibling but not be able to see them? What if you found out that they could be dying? What would you do to save them? On the other hand, what if you were an adoptive parent and someone claimed your child might have a rare disease, how would you react? In the new book, "Reclaiming Lily," those questions are posed and answered.

Kai Chang and Gloria Powell are two women fighting for one girl - Lily. Kai left China to find her sister, not only bec...more
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...more
Christi Palmer
What a gem of a book. The story of Kai's journey to reunite with her sister who was adopted from a Chinese orphanage to a family in America is in a word- precious. If you like characters with depth and a story that warms your heart. This is a story for you. The passion that Patti writes with is inspiring. There is no denying that God is the center of that passion. This story is a telling of not only a physical transformation in the form of a miracle only God could provide, but it is very much a...more
I really enjoyed the story and got into the characters right away. I did not realize this was Christian literature when I first started it and the religious part didn't come in too strong until the end. (I personally don't like a certain point of view thrust at me) It is a story that goes between China and the USA, after a young ten year old is adopted by a family in Texas, her sister from China now a Dr. in The US searches for her, with information that could be pertinent to the girl/now teenag...more
Nikole Hahn
Patti Lacy and I met via the internet. We visited each others blogs. Her warm and chipper personality made me wonder if her novels would have that same lovely heart that comes through so freely in her comments. In her new novel, Reclaiming Lily, I saw all the research and hard work she put into the novel.

Reclaiming Lily is an adoption story peppered with the issues of infertility, difficulty in relating as a Chinese-born teen to white Americans, and searching for home. It’s a story of a parent s...more
Eastern China 1990, Pastor Andrew and Gloria Powell arrive to adopt their precious Chinese daughter Joy. Joy 10 years old had been left on the doorstep of the orphanage during a cultural revolution in China, fearing for their lives, and unwilling to terminate the pregnancy, Joy was given up for her safety.

Texas, 10 years later Joy is a disjointed, raging teenager without a relationship with Jesus, or her parents. At the end of their area of expertise, Joy’s parents are suffering with the loss o...more
Gloria and Andrew, residents from Texas, anxious to become first time parents travel to China to adopt a little girl whom they named Joy. As they meet and take their daughter to their awaiting vehicle they are being watched from a distance by a girl on her bicycle named Kai. Years later Kai is insistant on locating Joy whom is her sister Lily to inform her of their families genetic disease history. What Kai finds when she is introduced to their adoptive parents is a cold and unwelcoming mother....more
Maureen Timerman
I loved this book...I could not put this one down. Patti Lacy brings you face to face with the Chinese daily life. You put a face on the pain these poor people went through, I can't even imagine taking that way of life in my every day stride!
Kai Chang had to take the beloved fourth daughter to the orphanage, and spent many a day there helping to make sure that Lily was well taken care of. She was there the day the Powell's came and stole her away. She then has to endure her beloved mother die a...more
Laurel Thomas
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Reclaiming Lily brings us a peek into the lives of the Chinese people during their Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. For those who do not agree with Chairman Mao's edicts, life becomes a nightmare including imprisonment and death.

This book opens in Eastern China in the 1990 at the beginning of international adoptions of their children. Andrew and Gloria Powell are nagivating a cross-cultural adoption and only seek to be united to their baby daughter. Instead, they are informed there i...more
The story begins at an orphanage in Eastern China in 1990. From that moment you are drawn into the story of not only two different lives but two different cultures. The long lost sisters Kai and Lily somehow must span the two worlds to find wholeness. The story reflects back and forth between China during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s to present day America.

Kai is the second daughter of the Chang family. She suffered greatly as did the rest of her family during the Cultural Revolution in...more
I really liked this book alot. I thought it was going to be slow, but it really wasn't. It wasn't really exciting but it was just enough to keep you wanting to read more. The only thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars was I did not feel the connection to the characters. There was very good character development, I just didn't like any of them! I liked the Mom - Gloria, at first, then didn't like her at all then kinda liked her again. Kai I didn't really care for the whole time. The Author gave...more
What a powerful and awesome book of faith and forgiveness, family and friends. While the book is a quick read you quickly become wrapped up in the character’s life and their struggles – such as the disease known as PKD, a sister’s struggle in rising above herself to track down her adoptive sister so that she can pass on the news of a potentially hereditary disease.

There are things discussed about Kai’s growing up in China as she relates her experiences to her sister’s adoptive family and even fl...more
Trinity Rose
I really liked Reclaiming Lily by Patti Lacy. This story is full of love and compassion between sisters, parents and children and fellow Christians.
Reclaiming Lily shows even when we make mistakes we can be forgiven, even when we feel alone we aren’t alone, God is always there for us.
The story is also about adoption and PKD-Polycystic Kidney disease and explains both very well. It shows how things can change in a blink of an eye.
The characters are very real and likable and Patti Lacy has a...more
Barbara Brink
“Reclaiming Lily” is a gut wrenching tale of two families who love and claim the same little girl as their daughter.

A Texas Pastor and his wife adopt a young Chinese girl, believing their family will finally be complete. They name her Joy–the thing that has been missing in their lives.
Joy, whose name is actually Lily, already has a family, but due to horrible circumstances, was left at the orphanage. Lily’s older sister, Kai, has vowed to someday bring her home. When she witnesses the Powells ta...more
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

Well she has done it again! Patti Lacy has written a book that has stirred my soul and whispered truth to my heart. Her narration is a fine art that has been toiled over and refined until every intricate detail is stitched together to produce a riveting masterpiece.Patti Lacy understands how people experience life through our senses and she does everything within her author prowess to engage all of the senses (yes, even smell unbelieva...more
I had a really hard time getting into this book. The first half of 'Reclaiming Lily' covered just one day and was very slow moving. It would alternate between the present day and the stories that Kai would tell about her life in China. However, about two-thirds into the book the story really got interesting, and I found myself rushing to reach the conclusion. The last twenty or so pages were especially moving, although abit abrupt, and left me guessing until the very end - literally until the la...more
Sheila DeChantal
Having been to Honduras 8 times (my ninth coming up in just a few weeks here) I was drawn to this book by the topic of adoption. When you travel to some of these countries and you see these darling children with nothing, you want to scoop them up and take them home....

Such as within this story of Gloria, wanting desperately to have a child of her own... and along comes Joy.

I am not sure what I expected when I picked this book up to read... I know the ending result was so much more.

I am impress...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
My Thoughts:

I was shocked and ashamed of myself when I realized I must have had my head stuck in the sand to not know how bad things were in China. The author took the blinders off of me and it was not a pretty sight. It broke my heart to read about the things Kai Chang and her family had to endure. The family was force to endure the unimaginable. They were forced to put Lily, the fourth young daughter of the family in an orphanage. Kai promised her family, especially her dying mother, that she...more
Thanks the Litfuse for my review copy: I loved this book. This book deals with international adoption, a potential fatal genetic disease and two families with an interest in one child. Kai is a doctor who grew up in China and had to watch her sister being adopted by an American couple. Years later Kai is meeting with Lily's adopt parents to reunite with her sister and to discuss that fact she may have a medical issue. I found the book interesting as I knew little of the Cultural Revolution in Ch...more
Lily is a girl born in China, the third daughter of the Changs, an intellectual and independent family that faces the harshness of the Cultural Revolution. In a country where fathering more than one child is simply out of line, Lily's sisters save her by taking her to an orphanage; Kai, the middle sister promises to bring Lily back into the family one day. Kai ends up studying medicine in Harvard, and she is residing in Boston when she learns about a fatal hereditary illness that could claim Lil...more
Reclaiming Lily is a fascinating book on many levels. It's the story of Kai, a young Chinese doctor whose family endured tremendous opposition during Mao's Cultural Revolution. Kai is now practicing medicine in Boston and trying desperately to be reunited with her youngest sister who was adopted out of a Chinese orphanage by a pastor's family from Texas.

Aside from her personal desire to see her dear sister's face again, Kai fears that Lily (now called Joy by her adoptive parents) may suffer fro...more
"Reclaiming Lily" is a beautiful, flawless written book, that would capture the heart and tears in the eyes, as the reader travels with the characters on a journey of discovery and understanding.

Set in Texas, and inter-spaced with tales of one of the characters experiences, growing up in revolutionary China, the reader is brought into the lives of two very different set of families, that are united through a common love and concern for Lily, the adopted daughter of Gloria and Andrew.

If I could r...more
Jodi Janz
Patti Lacy wrote a powerful story about two cultures and two women who collide over their love for one special girl. Lily, a young girl in a Chinese Orphanage is adopted and relocated to the Long Horn State in the U.S.A. She is renamed Joy and expected to live the life of an American girl.

Gloria, Joy's adoptive mother, struggles with a deep fear that she will lose Joy, so she holds on to her with an iron grip. Too tight - to the point of pushing her away.

Many years after her adoption Joy is trac...more
Naomi Musch
Once again, Patti Lacy writes a book that shows she is a writer's writer. She never takes on small challenges, and in her latest novel, Reclaiming Lily, she mines the rich veins of story involving a family whose foreign adoption involves intrigue and heart-wrenching drama.
The layers to this story come down one atop the other, turning this way and that until they're woven tighter than a grass tatami mat. There's the adoption from China seen both from the side of the woman whose heart has long ach...more
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Patti Lacy, a Baylor University graduate, taught community college humanities until God called her to span seas and secrets in her Kregel-published novels, An Irishwoman’s Tale and What the Bayou Saw.

2011 brings two new Patti Lacy novels to bookstore shelves. The Rhythm of Secrets will release with Kregel in January; Bethany House will publish Reclaiming Lily in October.

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