Anne of Green Gables My Daughter and Me by Lorilee Craker

A charming and heartwarming true sto512-cqy+i0L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ry for anyone who has ever longed for “Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me “is a witty romp through the classic novel; a visit to the magical shores of Prince Edward Island; and a poignant personal tale of love, faith, and loss.

And it all started with a simple question: “What’s an orphan?” The words from her adopted daughter, Phoebe, during a bedtime reading of Anne of Green Gables stopped Lorilee Craker in her tracks. How could Lorilee, who grew up not knowing her own birth parents, answer Phoebe’s question when she had wrestled all her life with feeling orphaned―and learned too well that not every story has a happy ending?

So Lorilee set off on a quest to find answers in the pages of the very book that started it all, determined to discover―and teach her daughter―what home, family, and belonging really mean. If you loved the poignancy of Orphan Train and the humor of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, you will be captivated by “Anne of Green Gables,” My Daughter, and Me. It’s a beautiful memoir that deftly braids three lost girls’ stories together, speaks straight to the heart of the orphan in us all, and shows us the way home at last.

About the Author

Lorilee Craker, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, now resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she proudly drives a minivan to hockey, gymnastics, and everywhere in between. She is the author of twelve books, including “A is for Atticus,” the “New York Times” bestseller “Through the Storm” with Lynne Spears, the current CBA bestseller “My Journey to Heaven” with Marv Besteman, and the 2012 Audie Awards nominee “Money Secrets of the Amish,” which she wrote and narrated. For over 17 years, Craker was a freelance entertainment writer for The Grand Rapids Press. She and her husband, Doyle, have three children, Jonah, Ezra, and Phoebe.

My Thoughts

I was never a fan of the “Ann of Green Gables” series but this book was very informative to those who have adopted or are considering this process.  The author, adopted, answers the questions of her adopted daughter.

As she writes, it is as if she is wrestling right along with her daughter, to understand feelings, to unravel the tangled yarn inside her head and heart, and help her daughter do the same.  I believe this book will greatly benefit adoptees who struggle with their own identity, or lack there of, to find peace in the unanswered questions of their life.

In the backdrop similar to Anne, Lorilee and her daughter will take you on a journey of their hearts.

Thank you to the author and Tyndale for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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