Rebecca Gillespie is lucky to be alive following a devastating car accident that claimed her husband's life and put her in a coma with little hope of recovery. Her heart still aches for the loss of her precious daughter given up for adoption by her wealthy, dying mother-in-law to a couple in Mills Landing. Now, fully recovered, Rebecca struggles to rebuild her life alone. She soothes the emptiness in her heart with laughter of children who fill her local preschool, Precious Miracles.
Cole Seibert clings to his daughter, Kimmy, following the death of his wife. They'd adopted the child as an infant, and Cole never imagined he'd be left to raise her alone. When he drops by to register Kimmy at Precious Miracles, he's confident the center is the best place for Kimmy Until Rebecca steals his breath and casts his heart into a firestorm with her revelation-- I think you have my daughter
Stolen Miracles (Short Story) - eBook
Adoption gone awry
Although Rebecca Gillespie and her daughter survived a fatal car accident that took her husbandÃ¢ÂÂs life, Rebecca had remained in a long-term coma with little hope of recovery. Her estranged mother-in-law, who was suffering from cancer, had power of attorney. Since she was unable to care for the little girl, she put her up for adoption in Mills Land, where Rebecca lived. Once recovered, Rebecca searched for years to find her daughter, to no avail.
Cole and Leah Seibert adopted an infant girl after she miscarried twice. However, a genetic heart condition took LeahÃ¢ÂÂs life at an early age, leaving Cole to raise their daughter, Kimmy, alone.
Kimmy missed the kindergarten cut-off date by just days, so Cole needed to register her at a preschool. The one he chose was Precious Miracles, run by none other than Rebecca Gillespie. Prior to the registration, Cole was clueless that Rebecca had been looking for her adopted daughter.
MaryÃ¢ÂÂs take on RebeccaÃ¢ÂÂs initial conversation with Cole through the intercom was hilarious, mainly because he was late and she was hungry. The author then takes us into the wild world of flirtatious bantering between Rebecca and Cole, though theyÃ¢ÂÂd never admit it at the time. Instead of registering, their bantering and reminiscing about their old skating pasts lasted almost the whole time; he was in hockey, and she skated at Mills LandÃ¢ÂÂs arena. Though they both secretly had colossal crushes on each other in high school, neither had spoken up. They later dated and married different people.
Since they spent too much time reminiscing, Cole took the registration papers home to bring back in the morning when he brought Kimmy to preschool, because he needed to order a birthday cake for KimmyÃ¢ÂÂs birthday before 7:00 p.m.
The next morning, Cole arrived so early with Kimmy that only Rebecca was there. Again she listened to them talking over the intercom. Only this time, she was taken aback by KimmyÃ¢ÂÂs resemblance to herself and their father/daughter talk. She finally let them in.
This is where the hard stuff starts. Mary nailed it with the conversations that followed as to whether Kimmy was RebeccaÃ¢ÂÂs daughter. The pain and agony were sweltering off the pages of the book, causing me to empathize with how each parent felt along with their not knowing what to do next. It was hard enough to know Rebecca had been looking for her daughter, but to think she found her and her old crush had her was painfully and tensely depicted. Neither wanted to hurt the other or cause stress for Kimmy, but they both wanted her.
What a wonderfully written novel of the grief, pain, and agony of a non-consented adoption coupled with the loss of their spouses. Yet you can feel the author revel with us in their love and faith that epitomizes the rest of the storyÃ¢ÂÂs unwinding. MaryÃ¢ÂÂs book really touched my heart deeply because of the subject matter and how well she handled it.
This PDF book copy was provided free by the author in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received.
November 13, 2012