One woman learns that the price of belonging is often steeper than expected in this heart-wrenching yet hopeful romantic novel and first in the Seoul duology by USA Today bestselling author Jen Frederick.
As a Korean adoptee, Hara Wilson doesn’t need anyone telling her she looks different from her white parents. She knows. Every time Hara looks in the mirror, she’s reminded that she doesn’t look like anyone else in her family—not her loving mother, Ellen; not her jerk of a father, Pat; and certainly not like Pat’s new wife and new “real” son.
At the age of twenty-five, she thought she had come to terms with it all, but when her father suddenly dies, an offhand comment at his funeral triggers an identity crisis that has her running off to Seoul in search of her roots.
What Hara finds there has all the makings of a classic K-drama: a tall, mysterious stranger who greets her at the airport, spontaneous adventures across the city, and a mess of familial ties, along with a red string of destiny that winds its way around her, heart and soul. Hara goes to Korea looking for answers, but what she gets instead is love—a forbidden love that will either welcome Hara home…or destroy her chance of finding one.
With this charming contemporary, Frederick (Bombshell) delivers a dramatic love story while sensitively exploring the thorny issue of interracial adoption. After Hara Wilson, a 25-year-old Korean American adoptee, overhears an insensitive remark about her adoptive father's "real" son at his funeral, she signs up for an online DNA matching service to find her biological father and travels from Iowa to Seoul to meet him. At the Seoul airport, she mistakes "photoshop beautiful" stranger Choi Yujun for the driver assigned to pick her up. Their spark is immediate and, after the misconception is cleared up, Yujun joins Hara in her adventures through the city but before they can live happily ever after, they must contend with some explosive, soapy surprises that come straight out of a K-drama. Hara's birth father dies just before she gets the chance to meet him, and clues at his funeral lead Hara on a search for her birth mother whose identity, once revealed, will change Hara's life forever. Frederick draws on her own experiences as a Korean American adoptee to lend authenticity and weight to the emotional narrative. Fans and new readers alike will be hooked on this page-turning tale. \n