Review of "Anne of Green Gables", My Daughter and Me: What My Favorite Book Taught Me about Grace, Belonging, and the Orphan in Us All by Lorilee Craker

Leah Courtney
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Because Anne of Green Gables happens to be one of my favorite books of all time and one I've enjoyed sharing with my oldest daughter and look forward to sharing with the younger ones, I was very intrigued by the title of this book. I began reading it with interest, and I was not disappointed. The author- Lorilee Craker- was adopted as a baby. She adopted her daughter as a baby from Korea. Throughout the book she compares her journey, her daughter's journey, Anne's journey, and even the personal journey of the author- Lucy Maud Montgomery- who was also an orphan. The comparisons bring tender moments, happy moments, and even tearful moments. And I loved the reading.

Review of Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter and MeFrom the book's description:

"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.

I love the writing style of Lorilee Craker. From the first moment, she drew me in to the stories she was telling. She writes with beautiful, descriptive words that can really help the reader to envision and relate to the story being told. I loved the idea of comparing and contrasting the four stories of four different orphans- three real people and one a beloved character in a well loved book.

The book is very well researched when it comes to both Anne's story- which I've also read and loved- and Lucy Maud Montgomery's story- which I was never aware of. I love how the stories are woven together. Reading the book has encouraged me to get acquainted with Anne with an "e" once again. I need to read her stories to my younger children who haven't yet heard them.

Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter and Me was at times humorous and at times very moving. Reading Lorilee's honest retelling of the emotions she's experienced- both as an adopted child growing up and as the mother of an adopted child was touching. But more than that, Lorilee brings in the story of our ultimate Father and the fact that we are all adopted and are truly loved.

This is a read I can definitely recommend. I give it 5 stars and a G for content. You can find the book on Amazon here.

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Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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