Reclaiming Lily by Patti Lacy

Patti Lacy, Baylor graduate, taught community college humanities until God called her to span seas and secrets in her novels, An Irishwoman’s Tale and What the Bayou Saw.

The secrets women keep and why they keep them continue to enliven Patti’s gray matter. A third book, The Rhythm of Secrets, released in January of 2011. Patti’s, Reclaiming Lily, documents a tug-of-war between a Harvard-educated doctor and an American pastor and his wife for a precious child and explores adoption issues, China’s “One Child” policy, and both Christian and secular views of sacrifice.

Patti also facilitates writing seminars in schools, libraries, and at conferences and has been called to present her testimony, “All the Broken Pieces,” at women’s retreats. She also leads a Beth Moore Bible study at her beloved Grace Church and has had a blast planning the September 2009 wedding of her firstborn, Sarah.

Patti and her husband Alan, an Illinois State faculty member, live in Normal with their handsome son Thomas, who attends Heartland Community College. On sunny evenings, you can catch the three strolling the streets of Normal with their dog Laura, whom they’ve dubbed a “Worchestershire Terrier” for her “little dab of this breed, a little dab of that breed.”



Patti Lacy is a new author for me so I wasn’t sure what to except of her book, but I will pleasantly surprised and amazed at this wonderful new author for me. I will sure be watching for more books from Ms. Lacy in the future.


With wonderful character that will grasp your heart in the beginning and keep it until the very end, Patti Lacy pens a contemporary story that will sure stay with you for long after you finish the book. I learned a lot about China and the Chinese culture reading this book, and sometimes the reading was difficult because of the situation.


Joy, (and I love her name!) struggles with moving to America and her new American family. Joy’s sister Kai is determined to find her, after leaving her in a Chinese orphanage, but must first win the trust of Joy/Lily’s adopted parents. Join Joy/Lily as we follow her journey though her life in China and as it continues in the Americas.


I really encourage you to grab a copy of this adoption story of love, loss and redemption to read for yourself. This will be one of the best books you have read in a while!


A copy of this book was provided by Bethany House for me to review and give my honest opinion, which I have.



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 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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of reclaiming Lily, go HERE.


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