Lucky Baby   -     By: Meredith Efken
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Lucky Baby

Howard Books / 2010 / Paperback

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Meg Lindsay has everything a woman could want except happiness. Can an adopted Chinese child bring her what she lacks?

All her life, Meg Lindsay's mother told her what a disappointment she was. Try as she might, Meg never measured up, and the emotional bruises still hurt as an adult. In Meg's opinion, no one could be a worse mother than the woman who gave birth to her-that is, until Meg has a child of her own to care for.

Two young girls lived in an orphanage in China. Unwanted because of a deformity and the lack of family registry, Little Zhen An was destined to spend her childhood in the orphanage. Her only friend was a slightly older blind girl, Wen Ming.

After Meg and her husband, Lewis, adopt one of the girls, Meg's love for her new daughter grows daily, but the tension, fear, and uncertainty of motherhood drive Meg to the brink of despair. Fearing that she is becoming the kind of mother she hates, she fights circumstance, rebellion, a loving but at times tense marriage, setbacks, and the native selfishness that lives in all of us.

Meg's journey is a magical one as East meets West and as imagination aligns with reality. Lucky Baby spans the world, bridges the gap between heart and soul, and shows that the greatest power on Earth is forgiveness.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 298
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8 X 5 X .5 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781416595502
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Publisher's Description

Meg Lindsay has everything a woman could want except happiness. Can an adopted Chinese child bring her what she lacks?

All her life, Meg Lindsay’s mother told her what a disappointment she was. Try as she might, Meg never measured up, and the emotional bruises still hurt as an adult. In Meg’s opinion, no one could be a worse mother than the woman who gave birth to her—that is, until Meg has a child of her own to care for.

Two young girls lived in an orphanage in China. Unwanted because of a deformity and the lack of family registry, Little Zhen An was destined to spend her childhood in the orphanage. Her only friend was a slightly older blind girl, Wen Ming.

After Meg and her husband, Lewis, adopt one of the girls, Meg’s love for her new daughter grows daily, but the tension, fear, and uncertainty of motherhood drive Meg to the brink of despair. Fearing that she is becoming the kind of mother she hates, she fights circumstance, rebellion, a loving but at times tense marriage, setbacks, and the native selfishness that lives in all of us.

Meg’s journey is a magical one as East meets West and as imagination aligns with reality. Lucky Baby spans the world, bridges the gap between heart and soul, and shows that the greatest power on Earth is forgiveness.

Author Bio

Meredith has written three previous novels, SAHM I Am, Play it Again SAHM, and @Home for the Holidays. A stay-at-home mom with jobs including homeschooling her two daughters, writing, speaking, and freelance editing, Meredith has a background in adult education and has given workshops on writing, adoption, and church leadership topics. She is a member of several Chinese adoption communities, both online and in person, and speaks to women's groups like MOPS. She is a graduate of the Vineyard Leadership Institute. She is active at her church and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, the oldest being adopted from China.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 5, 2010
    A J Hawke
    Put forth as a story of an older adopted child from China, to me it was a story of family, all families. Beautifully written with a touch of magical realism, you see inside the souls of both the adoptive parents as well as the adoptive children. I look forward to many more books from this exceptional and talented writer.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 1, 2010
    Evangeline Denmark
    Meg Lindsay, the heroine of Lucky Baby, seeks to repair her wounded heart by stitching together a family of her own. She and her husband, Lewis, set out to adopt an orphan, Zhen An, from China, but their journey exposes more than their own hurts.Wen Ming, a slightly older blind girl, is Zhen Ans only friend in the Chinese Orphanage. Her side of the story is one not often heard in the typical adoption account. Wen Mingwith her strength, tenacity, and fierce loveserves as a counterpart to Meg Lindsays desperate but at times tentative affection for her daughter. The two struggle to forge the true bonds of family and move beyond the losses they've suffered.The author weaves Meg and Wen Mings tales together with exquisite prose. I loved her use of magical realism. Each of the symbolic elements felt like a feast. I told myself Id savor the delectable words, and then I gobbled them up anyway. But the best thing about a good book is that you can always read it again. Lucky Baby is a fragrant and satisfying story of family and healing and how the two are possible despite the pain of rejection. I highly recommend it for moms and anyone who enjoys rich, evocative, magical tales.
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