Book Review: Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me

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
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book weaves together the stories of several orphans, both fictional and real. Lucy Maud Montgomery was abandoned by her father, left with her grandparents, and grew up feeling orphaned, which inspired her to write her famous Anne stories, one of the most beloved orphan girls of all time. The author, Lorilee Craker, was also an orphan, given up for adoption and raised by her adopted Mennonite family. Lorilee went on to adopt a daughter of her own from Korea. Four orphan stories from widely different times and circumstances, but all with one central message- The Love of God heals us, chooses us, delights in us, and adopts us into a heavenly family.

I loved that the author widens the definitions of orphanhood to include anyone who has ever been bereaved, experienced loss, or been disappointed in life. We are all spiritual orphans until God takes us under His wing. The book has a wide audience, not just orphans, since we have all felt left behind and abandoned at some point.

The writing is very clever and witty and jovial, which makes it rather too verbose for me sometimes. I don’t need a string of 6 adjectives, no matter how clever they may be. Puns and jokes and cute little metaphors abound, but I prefer them in small doses.

The stories are sometimes too detailed and I get bored with all the minutiae, but most of the stories in each chapter are inspirational and I definitely cried a few times! The writer is down-to-earth and easy to relate to, but the stories are also high-minded and noble in their messages of love, acceptance, faith, and hope.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a free and honest review. The opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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