Joy was a young orphan in China who is adopted by Andrew and Gloria. They bring her back to Texas and raise her as their own. However, Joy was never really an orphan. Joy is Lily, the fourth daughter of the Chang family who had to place their daughter in an orphanage because of governmental restrictions. Lily's sister, Kai, has devoted her life to find Lily and to find a cure for polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a genetic disease that has plagued her family.
Adoption, disease, teenage rebellion, and family devotion are weaved throughout the story. In some ways, there were too many elements causing conflict in the story. Most of these elements are resolved at the end of the story, but some are not. For example, the story hints at turmoil in Gloria's life because of her dad's infidelity, but that story line is never resolved.
The storyline stuttered too much for me. The flashback to China is deep and descriptive as the authors uses too many words to set the tone. Then the story flies through 2 years of relationship building after Kai and Lily meet for the first time. I just had a hard time with the pace of the story.
I give the book a 3.5 out of 5. It is neither good not bad. Just okay for me.
Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.