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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 distrusts Kai and thinks her presence will send their troubled seventeen-year-old over the precipice of teenaged angst. Can Kai and Gloria, separated by culture and faith but devoted to Lily, reconcile their differences and trust their dreams to God?
Reclaiming Lily is the second book by Patti Lacy I have had the privilege to read. Reclaiming Lily is a beautiful story of a Chinese family torn apart by revolution, an American Family who adopts one of the Chinese children, and a sister whose life goal is to honor her mother’s dying wish of Reclaiming Lily. Dr. Kai Chang figures out that her mother died of a hereditary disease, Polycystic Kidney Disease, and hires a PI to find Lily, her youngest sister who they had to give up to an orphanage during the Chinese Revolution. Kai contacts the Texas family that adopted Lily Chang, who is now Joy Powell. Pastor Andrew and Gloria Powell meet with Kai in Texas and find out about this disease. During this meeting the Powells receive a call, Joy is in the detention center and they need to come. So Kai comes with them. Joy finds out a midst all of her trouble that Kai is her birth sister. While at the detention center a tornado hits their town and by the grace of God the jail is left untouched. The Powells open their arms to Kai and want her part of their lives and Joy’s life. Kai would do anything for Joy but when Kai’s life starts to unravel she must learn to depend on Joy and the Powells and most of all God.
Reclaiming Lily is a wonderful story. I found myself caught up in the story so much that I couldn’t put the book down. Patti Lacy weaves a beautiful story of sisters separated to save their own lives, an adoptive family brought back together by a birth sister, and unlikely people brought together by God. This story shows love, loss, and finding a way back to God; giving their lives back. The characters are very relatable and I felt like I was part of their world. Patti Lacy writes with such knowledge of China, Chinese culture, Polycystic Kidney Disease, and the journey with God. This book really had a huge impact on me and its one that will stay with me for a while. Also Patti Lacy keeps you guessing until the end how the story will end. The end of the book truly surprised me. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction. I look forward to reading more books by Patti Lacy.