I requested a review copy of this book because I enjoy reading memoirs, but for some reason I did not expect to enjoy it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter & Me, by Lorilee Craker is a wonderful read!
This memoir weaves together stories from Anne of Green Gables as well as vignettes from the lives of both the author, Lorilee, and her daughter, Phoebe. Lorilee explores themes of orphanhood, adoption, and family throughout the book, noting that Anne, herself, and her daughter all experienced some aspect of being orphaned and adopted. While experiences specific to adoption such as the search for birth parents make up part of the book, Lorilee also includes universal themes such as losing loved ones and finding a place of belonging, making this memoir applicable to anyone who has experienced family life.
I was skeptical that three such seemingly different lives could be joined into one coherent story, but Lorilee does an excellent job of bringing characters to life and writing in a manner that is both moving and enjoyable. I found myself smiling through funny anecdotes, feeling pained over sad situations, and cheering Anne, Lorilee, and Phobe on as they bravely progressed through various life events. This easy yet touching read should appeal to a wide variety of readers.
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale House Publishers.