The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Friends and Before We Were Yours explores the connection between our hearts and our pasts in this emotional novel in the Tending Roses series....
Once trapped in a world of poverty and neglect, Dell Jordan knows she was one of the lucky ones. Adopted at thirteen, she was loved, mentored, and encouraged to pursue her passion for music. By twenty, her future has expanded in exciting new directions—a year abroad with a traveling symphony, teaching music to orphans in Ukraine, and applying for a scholarship to Julliard. But underneath Dell’s smoothly polished surface lurk mysteries from the past. Why did her mother abandon her? Who was her father? Are there faces somewhere that look like hers—blood relatives she’s never met?
Determined to find answers, and unable to share her emotional uncertainty with her adoptive family, Dell sets off on a secret journey into Oklahoma’s Kiamichi Mountains. Drawn by the only remaining link to her origins—a father’s Native American name on her birth certificate—she travels into quiet wooded valleys, into the heart of the modern Choctaw Nation. There she will find connections to a long and proud heritage and begin to answer the questions of her heart. In the voices of her ancestors, she’ll discover the keys to a future unlike anything she could have imagined.
A great stand alone book but even better with the rest of the series. I love how the characters from Tending Rises are brought to life one by one.
This is the story of 20 year old Dell’s sojourn to find her biological father and reconcile her inner feelings of rejection at being abandoned and unloved as a child. Dell was the victim of parental drug abuse and neglect.. Her mother died from a drug overdose when Dell was very young, and her biological father, possibly a Choctaw native American, moved on. She was adopted and raised by loving parents. Yet she harbored a deep yearning in her heart to find her biological father and discover her heritage. Author Lisa Wingate relates Dell’s search with feeling and incite into the damage that drug addiction and neglect can cause in a child’s life. The story could have been faster moving at times, and some of the occurrences strained credibility a little. More dramatic tension would have been nice as well. However, all in all it was a good story by a skilled writer.
-- di pinto
Read the whole series, but it left me wanting more. The older Dell and her decisions. The coming together of her complete family.