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Relative interest
Bunkley, Anita R. (Anita Richmond)
Publication Information:
New York : Dafina Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
307 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes reading group guide.
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As Kira returns from Africa and fights for her right to be part of her orphaned niece's life, she finds support from a most unlikely source--and discovers that beyond the issues of race and biology lies a heartbreaking, long-hidden secret.

Author Notes

Anita Richmond Bunkley is a novelist, motivational speaker, and workshop facilitator. She was born in Columbus, Ohio.

Bunkley was researching the African American woman who inspired the song, "The Yellow Rose of Texas," when she decided instead to write a novel based on the woman's life. Bunkley self-published the book, Emily.

Bunkley published other novels with Dutton/Signet including Wild Embers which was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 10 best romances of 1995. Glamour magazine picked Starlight Passage as a favorite romance novel of the year. Bunkley has also been honored with the United Negro College Fund's Excellence in Achievement Award. She created a program based on her story of determination and success in the face of overwhelming odds. Her book, Steppin' Out With Attitude, offers practical advice, emotional support, and step-by-step tips to help pave the way to success for the businesswoman, entrepreneur, or young person entering the job market. She tours throughout the country offering her workshops through the black women's empowerment venue African American Women on Tour.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

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. --Lillian Lewis Copyright 2003 Booklist