This was my least favorite of all the Lisa Wingate books I've read. It's a sequel to her previous books, Tending Roses and The Language of the Sycamores and continues the story of Dell, who was adopted by Karen and James.
Dell has been loved and mentored by her adoptive parents and given every opportunity to study and learn and travel. At twenty, she is feeling the pressure to attend Juilliard and continue her music. However, she has always wondered about her birth parents and her Native American heritage. Why did her mother abandon her, who was her father?
Dell decides to find out who her father is and sets off on her own, secret trip to Oklahoma and the land of her Choctaw ancestors. She doesn't tell her parents where she is going. Along the way, as with every Wingate story, she finds bits of herself. And as with many sequels, Wingate sequels included, past characters crop up here and there.
I like Dell and I appreciated that Lisa Wingate wanted to tell her story. I found it very contrived though: especially those whom she meets and instantly bonds with and how she finds her dad. The ending isn't believable and wraps up far too neatly.