â€œNobody wants the big fat â€˜orphanâ€™ label tattooed to their foreheads or those of their children. Nobody wants to lug around that steamer trunk, for themselves or their kids,â€ Lorilee Craker writes in the introduction of her book, Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter & Me.
This two hundred and fifty-six page paperback targets those who enjoy Lucy Maude Montgomeryâ€™s Anne of Green Gables and how it compares to two current day femalesâ€™ lives. Topics of why children are adopted may not be appropriate for immature readers. Using mainly the New American Standard Bible, quotations are also taken from the NIV and NLT versions. The ending includes acknowledgments, a seventeen question discussion guide, notes, one black and white photograph of the author and her daughter, and the authorâ€™s biography.
Being an avid fan of Anne of Green Gables as a child, author Craker relates to the main character of Anne in the story as not only is she is adopted but also is her daughter, Phoebe Min-Ju Jayne. The memoir focuses on learning how to overcome feeling like an orphan, being lost, alone, and bereft.
Comparing her life to Anneâ€™s in Avonlea, Canada, the authorâ€™s Winnipeg home that she was brought into was full of Mennonite love and laughter. Mentioning the Green Gableâ€™s aging siblings expecting to adopt a boy from Nova Scotia who actually was an orphan named Anne, other characters such as Diana, Gilbert, and Walter are related to the writerâ€™s childhood friends, husband, and biological father to name a few.
Through many stories of the Crakerâ€™s adoptive parents, college days, a friend dying, marriage, meeting her biological family, and moving to Michigan, the book weighs heavily on the writerâ€™s memories, emotions, and sometimes quaint tales. Less noted is her husband and her adopting from Korea a two month old girl named Phoebe who at age seven already enjoyed the many stories about Anne.
While there are those that are enamored with Canadianâ€™s Montgomeryâ€™s 1908 first book that was an instant success, this reviewer could not recall or connect the story enough to weave the past with this authorâ€™s work but other readers may find it charming and endearing.
Author of over a dozen books, Craker is a freelance journalist, blogger, and speaker. She lives in Michigan with her husband and three children.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the readerâ€™s opinions.