Great book with a surprising ending
Kira Forester arrives back in North Carolina after an extended assignment in Africa only to learn that the foster mother caring for her six-year-old niece, Vicky, has died. Wealthy white mayoral candidate Ralph Roper and his wife, Helen, are planning to adopt Vicky. When Kira contacts the adoption agency, she is both pleasantly surprised and mildly irritated by the owner, Evan Conley. Kira expresses concern about the transracial adoption and begins to check out the Roper family. Ralph's opponent, an African American businessman, wants her to challenge the adoption in order to discredit Ralph. Kira is not pulled into the political battle, but she soon realizes that Vicky's adoption has become a divisive racial and political time bomb. In spite of the personal and professional trials that Kira endures, she remains determined to forge a relationship with her niece and finds an ally in Evan. As they move through the adoption process, Kira learns that matters of love and race are not always as obvious as they may appear.