Thanks to Litfuse Publicity and Bethany House for providing this book in exchange for my honest review.
I just have to jump in there and say, "I love this book!" Patti Lacy has quickly become one of my new favorite authors. I reviewed her Rhythm of Secrets back in February. While I thoroughly enjoyed that book, I was totally hooked by this one.
I have many friends who have participated in international adoption as well as friends from my youth who were internationally adopted. Combine that with a medical plot line and (a new interest for me) some Chinese history, this book was just what I didn't know I was looking for.
The characters' emotions and thoughts and actions just felt real, not made up. Almost as if this were a biography instead of fiction. Now, it sounds as if she had some fantastic help in researching this book and that it really paid off. Even the medical parts of it seemed pretty believable to me, like she really understood the disease process she was describing.
This was a fast read for me because I was fascinated with the story and where it was going. I didn't see all the twist in it, that's for sure, and even the ending surprised me. There just wasn't any part of this book that I didn't love. I highly recommend this one.
About the book:
A storm the size of Texas brews when Gloria Powell and Kai Chang meet in a Ft. Worth 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 discovered that an inherited genetic defect may be waiting to fatally strike Lily.
Gloria's relationship with her daughter is tattered and strained, and the arrival of Kai, despite the woman's apparent good intentions, makes Gloria fearful. Gloria longs to restore her relationship with Lily, but in the wake of this potentially devastating diagnosis, is Kai an answer to prayer--or will her arrival force Gloria to sacrifice more than she ever imagined?
Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University with a BS in education and completed master's-level courses in English at Indiana State University. She taught atHeartland Community College until May 2006, when she resigned to pursue her passion of writing. The author of three previous novels, Patti is the mother of two grown children and lives with her husband in Normal, Illinois.
For more about Patti and her other books, visit her website at www.pattilacy.com.