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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.

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“Nobody wants the big fat &lsquoorphan’ label tattooed to their foreheads or those of their children. Nobody wants to lug around that steamer trunk, for themselves or their kids,” 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 Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and how it compares to two current day females’ 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 author’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 Anne’s in Avonlea, Canada, the author’s Winnipeg home that she was brought into was full of Mennonite love and laughter. Mentioning the Green Gable’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 writer’s childhood friends, husband, and biological father to name a few. Through many stories of the Craker’s adoptive parents, college days, a friend dying, marriage, meeting her biological family, and moving to Michigan, the book weighs heavily on the writer’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 Canadian’s Montgomery’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 author’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 reader’s opinions.