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Forever Lily: An Unexpected Mother's Journey to Adoption in China

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a book by Beth Nonte Russell
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Moving story about Chinese adoption takes wrong turn

  • Apr 13, 2009
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What did you think about this book?Forever Lily by Beth Nonte Russell is a moving memoir of how a woman's quest to find herself brings her instead to adopt a Chinese baby girl who stole her heart. Russell traveled to China with her friend, Alex, to help Alex adopt a baby girl. But when they arrived in China and Alex met the girl who was to be her daughter, she couldn't find any love in her heart for the infant. Russell was initially forced to change and feed the child, but quickly found her heart stolen by the dignity and sadness in Baby's face. Russell captures her head over heels fall into love with a child who almost immediately owned her heart with grace and joy. The reader can't help but ache with Russell as Alex plays tug of war with her emotions going from Here, take the baby to I want the baby. Russell's anecdotes about the adoption and the crisis state of the orphanages in China are well written and thoroughly enjoyable. Less enjoyable are her "dreams" that she intersperses throughout the book which correspond a little too closely to the events in her life. Russell believes in reincarnation and seems to be channeling a former life as Empress of China. Yeah, Empress, no one is ever a peasant. Those stories diminish the power and quality of a story which should be about the growing love between a mother and daughter and instead becomes a woman's self-indulgent analysis of her past life.

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