“‘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

I recently had the chance to read “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. This nonfiction book was published on August 20, 2015, by Tyndale House.

About this book (from the back cover):

A charming and heartwarming true story for anyone who has ever longed for a place to belong. “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.

Final Verdict:

I started reading this memoir after reading through the first Anne of Green Gables novel with my 6- and 8-year-old daughters. I have been a lifelong “Anne” fan, and was so glad when Anne of Green Gables captivated them as it had me. I thought this memoir by Craker would be an interesting read, as she too appeared to be a kindred spirit. I was not disappointed! Reading this book was like talking with a friend about a beloved book; there were a lot of “me too!’ moments. Craker also shares from her own life, as both an adoptee and an adoptive mother. She compares the elements of her life to those in the Anne stories, since Anne was also adopted. There are very emotional moments in this book, but Craker is a wonderful writer, and does a beautiful job of sharing her stories. Although I have not personally experienced adoption, I felt as if I had just a little more insight into the life and psychology of an adoptee. This book is currently the #1 book in the adoption category on Amazon, and would be a great read for any Anne fan, as well as anyone who has experienced or is considering adoption.

If you’d like to check out “Anne of Green Gables,” My Daughter, and Me, it is currently on sale for $15.19 for the Kindle version (regularly $15.99). If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $15.99. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you). I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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