"Anne of Green Gables," My Daughter, And Me


"Anne of Green Gables," My Daughter, And Me
Lorilee Craker

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.

I'm not usually a big memoir reader, but any mention of Anne Shirley usually interests me. An author who appreciates Anne and L.M. Montgomery as much as I do? GIVE ME THE BOOK.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. It leaned very heavily on Anne-ish things in the beginning, but soon delved more deeply into the author's life. Sometimes it seemed a little strange for me that she didn't mind sharing so much (or that the people she was talking about didn't mind either) but hey, I guess we're different kinds of people.

Adoption isn't something I'm overly familiar with, at least not in my own family, so it was fascinating to look at a parent who not only has adopted, but was adopted herself. It gave me a lot more insight in to what goes through a person's head when they are in that situation. Also, this book did make me laugh out loud a couple of times, which is always a good sign.

Rating: 8

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I have this book sitting on my shelf right now waiting for review, but I haven't gotten to it. I don't usually read memoirs either, but this one looked cute enough to try. :-) I'm glad to hear it made you laugh!

  2. I've never been much for memoirs but I do love Anne Shirley... so I think I might give this a try!


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