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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Thousand Voices...Review

About the book:
Adopted at thirteen, Dell Jordan was loved, mentored, and encouraged to pursue her passion for music. Now, at twenty, after a year abroad with a traveling symphony, a scholarship to Julliard is within reach. 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, 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. In the voices of her Choctaw ancestors, she'll discover the keys to a future unlike anything she could have imagined.

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.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 6/08

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