What a special book this is! When I requested this to review, I had no idea how much I'd enjoy it. It was about Anne of Green Gables, and I thought the cover looked cute. That was all. I had no idea.
I don't read many memoirs. I'm a fiction snob, all the way. I'm not saying I don't care about your life, just...I don't need to read about it. Give me a western or romance or something.
Needless to say at this point, that was NOT the case with this book! I really liked this book. I think I even loved it. It's a memoir, telling a lot about the author's growing up and adult life and her experiences with being adopted, then adopting a little girl of her own, which on the surface didn't sound extremely interesting to me, but surprisingly it was. Maybe because this lady's personality is so much fun. Maybe because she's so relate-able. Maybe because her writing is GOLD. I loved the influences of the Anne stories flowing throughout, and the author's obvious enthusiasm for everything pertaining thereto. Her love for Anne's world is contagious and intoxicating, and her careful and delighted romp through the Anne stories gave a deeper insight to the life lessons found within that I'd never thought much of before.
This book was like hot tea on a chilly autumn night for me. It was like a healing salve on my heart. It reached its fuzzy fingers into my soul and made me feel wonderfully at home within its pages. I LOVED the parts about Lorilee Craker's childhood friends (Clara sounds perfectly awesome); it made me think about all the wonderful friends I have in my own life, and how blessed I am to have them. I also particularly enjoyed Lorilee's reminisces of meeting and falling in love with her husband, Doyle (who sounds like a good old boy). Seriously, though -- the woman made everything funny. Even the super deep recounts of finding and getting in touch with her birth parents again were funny. She just has this innate sense of humor that shines through her writing. That was what I ultimately loved best about the book. I think this lady and I would get along real well. She's definitely a kindred spirit. :-)
My rating: 9/10
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review