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Forever Lily by Beth Nonte Russell
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Feb 11, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010-reads, memoirs, asia-southeast-asia, nonfiction, women-authors, word-of-mouth
Read in February, 2010

I understand why people don't love this book: the author is condescending to Chinese culture even while making claims that she is reincarnated from that country. She also veers too often into New Age fantasies about why she was called to adopt her daughter from China. That said, though, I still enjoyed this book. For one thing, how can you resist that cover? The story moves at a steady clip and has some touching moments. I learned things about China that I didn't know. The end was a little glossed over... how did she and her husband end up adopting Lily? It's hinted that they would have to be her foster parents before petitioning to adopt her, but the author never spells it out. I would have preferred more clarity. Overall, though, I liked the book. I'd give it just under 4 stars, but well over 3.
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