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Few inspirational authors can put together a romance like Lori Wick, whose Bamboo and Lace is peopled with intriguing characters set against the two exotic backdrops. Shy, lovely Lily Walsh leaves her rural homeland, the tiny Asian country of Kashien, to visit her brother Jeff in Hawaii. Everything is new and exciting to Lily: grocery stores that overflow with food, chewing gum, coffee makers, and the luxury of hot showers. Most thrilling of all is Jeff's best friend, the handsome Hawaiian Gabriel Kapaia, who teaches her how to play tennis and golf, and encourages her to become more assertive. Despite her conservative father's disapproval, Lily falls in love with Gabe and must choose between pleasing a parent and following the tug of her heart. Although the book loses a little steam toward the end, Bamboo and Lace is a solid contribution to the Christian romance genre, and should win Wick some new readers and as well as satisfy her legion of fans. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lori Wick is a multifaceted author of Christian fiction. As comfortable writing period stories as she is penning contemporary works, Lori’s books (more than6 million in print) vary widely in location and time period. Lori’s faithful fans consistently put her series and standalone works on the bestseller lists. Lori and her husband, Bob, live with their swiftly growing family in the Midwest.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Original edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736927387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736927383
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lori Wick is a multifaceted author of Christian fiction. As comfortable writing period stories as she is penning contemporary works, Lori's books (more than 5 million in print) vary widely in location and time period. Lori's faithful fans consistently put her series and standalone works on the bestseller lists. Lori and her husband live with their family in the Midwest.

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I really enjoyed this book and I enjoy the fact that Mrs. Wick is able to transport me into what most call a 1 dimensional world. I enjoy reading about her characters. I know there are a lot of reviews that really dislike how "perfect" her characters are, but I do truly enjoy reading about people like that. That is why it is called "Fiction".
However, I did completely disagree with her stance on anger. Anger is a natural human emotion and when used appropriately it is not a sin. It is not the emotion that is the sin but what we do with it. Remember in the Bible when Jesus became angry when he entered the Temple only to find a market set up? He turned tables and the like. And we all know that Jesus was sinless.
Like I said I did like the book overall. I thought it was a pretty good and relaxing read.
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By A Customer on October 21, 2002
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Lori Wick is an amazingly talented author who I have enjoyed over the years. Unfortunately, I believe she missed the boat with Bamboo and Lace. I am extremely concerned with her lack of understanding about anger. We are allowed feelings of anger without guilt when our anger is displayed appropriately. I am appalled by Mrs. Wick's assertion that all anger is directed toward God. That simply is not Biblical. I have deep concerns about what this book says to new Christians. We all "strive for perfection" and we all fall short. Mrs. Wick needs to show the internal struggles that most of us battle with our emotions and our daily lives. None of us can live up to the model that is portrayed in Bamboo and Lace. How discouraging. And how much more powerful this book would have been had we been allowed to see more realistic characters fighting their daily battles, instead of cardboard Christian paperdoll people who never fail, and who have all their dreams come true.
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I was really disappointed in someof the reviews I read especially one extremely discouraging review. This book is another of Lori Wick's great works of writing. I could not put it down! Lori Wick has created another masterpiece. I have all, but one series, of her books. The only one I found disappointing was "The Princess." Set in the 21st century "Bamboo & Lace" follows the progress of a young woman from Kashien as she comes to America and the new experinces along the way. At times it was so funny I found myself laughing out loud, other times I wanted to cry. Lori Wick has concocted a book that takes you on a roller coaster of emotions with the characters. All in all it was a great book and when you read it a second time you will experiance the magic all over again.
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when i first picked up this book, i devoured it and liked it despite small quibbles--this was right after it was published. but picking it up again and looking through it, the book struck me as good storytelling, but second-rate. it's true--the characters are far too perfect. the situations far too contrived. and the part that bugged me the most was her invention of a whole culture just for a book, where she arbitrarily throws in ideas (some chinese, some from thin air, etc) so she can have a plot vehicle. the problem is that kashien, from an anthropological view, would not fit in anywhere in asia. this seems like a minor issue--"it's fiction", after all, but also a sign of a weak writer.

i loved the princess when i read it--and that was when i was in 6th grade. there, the concept seemed kind of cute, because it had a distinct twist on fairy tale quality that almost made the imaginary country ok. but here, maybe because i'm of asian descent, it just seemed silly and almost offensive.

anyway, it's a fun read, in the end. it's just not something i would recommend as a "definitely read this" to anyone--but if you're a lori wick fan, go for it.
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By A Customer on August 16, 2001
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Lori Wick has done it again. I highly recammend this book to anyone! I related to this book on so many levels that it was uncanny, and I think that anyone and everyone will look a little deeper into themselves after reading this book. The characters were lovable and beautifully developed and enhanced the wonderfully ingenious plot that Lori Wick is famous for. The faith that this book shows through its characters is moving and bittersweet. Read it a second time and you will fall in love all over again! Let's hear it for Lori Wick!
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I read all of Lori Wick's novels, though I'm not sure why, I usually end up throwing her older stories across the room in frustration. She shows hints of having great stories to tell, but ruins them by making her character completely one dimensional. Just once I would like to have her show a character with a real struggle.

I did like this book, however. It ran on a little long (by about 50 pages)and at times she seemed to be saying "Look at everything I know about foreign adoptions, see how much research I did." As someone who has personally been involved in several foreign adoptions, I can tell you she did get it right. She just hasn't gotten comfortable with exposition.

The rest of the story was cute, but I had trouble swallowing how much control Lily's father had over her. I don't think Ms. Wick has any idea what a real abusive situation is like.

On the other hand, my mother loves her books. She just wants a nice escapist fiction, where the characters are all beautiful and perfect, where faith is never in doubt, and where love triumphs over all. If this is what you are looking for this book is perfect for you. If not, don't bother, you'll just end up frustrated.
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