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Adopting Alyssa
by Denise Patrick   

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Publisher:  By Grace Publishing


Copyright:  November 2006

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Can an orphaned 4-year-old restore Kelly's faith and allow her to let go of her past once and for all?

When a tragic accident on the interstate leaves an orphaned 4-year-old in her charge, social worker Helen Carstairs is certain she's found the perfect couple to adopt her. Jason and Kelly Moore are a young couple in her congregation with a strong, steady faith.

The only thing that would make life more perfect for Kelly would be a baby of her own, not an enchanting four-year-old with adorable green eyes and the brightest smile this side of heaven. God seems to have other ideas and soon Kelly finds herself wondering how she got along without the little bundle of energy.

So, what are the odds that the bearer of so much joy would also be the catalyst that uncovers a secret Kelly thought long buried in her past? A secret which could undermine her faith and destroy her marriage, all in one fell swoop. But, as her world threatens to crumble around her, Kelly discovers the miracle of second chances and realizes God doesn't play the odds.

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"Remember that really bad accident that happened on the freeway a couple of weeks ago? The one involving a semi?" [Jason asked.]
She nodded. "Yeah. Wasn't that the one where some idiot in a Jeep cut a semi off and caused two cars to crash?"
"Yep. That was it. Because the road was icy, the resulting chain reaction killed six people. The guy in the Jeep walked away without a scratch."
"I read in the paper recently he's being charged with reckless driving and a few other things. If convicted, he might go to prison, but only for a few years. So, what has this particular patient to do with all that?"
"She was in one of the cars. Her parents were both killed."
"And what has that to do with us?"
No use beating around the bush. "Helen asked if we would consider taking her in."
Kelly's eyes widened. Silence fell between them as she studied him. He forced himself to continue eating while she digested the information.
"Why? Doesn't she have any other relatives?"
"She's not from here. Helen and her staff have been looking for relatives, but so far, none of the relatives they've contacted want her. Helen also explained her parents were not her biological parents-they only adopted her a few months ago. And now she's an orphan, again."
"I see."
"Do you?"
"Do I what?"
"Do you really see what's happening here?"
"What do you mean?"
Jason regarded her somberly. They had been trying for a year now and she had yet to conceive. He knew she wanted a child; sometimes she seemed almost desperate. He didn't mind the trying-in fact, he rather enjoyed the process-but her disappointment month after month always tore at his heart. He loved her for who she was, and although he wanted children, too, he was willing to wait on God's time. Kelly wasn't, and with each month that went by without results, he could see her faith slipping.
"Do you remember what last Sunday's sermon was about? I thought it particularly applied to us."
She shook her head.
"It was about how God answers prayers in ways we least expect. We've both prayed for a child-"
"No!" Kelly's reaction was unnaturally loud and seemed to echo in the large room.
Jason reached out and took her hands in his. They were cold despite the warmth of the room.
"Kelly, please, just listen for a moment." He rubbed her hands as he spoke, warming them in his own.
"Why us?" She snatched her hands back and folded her arms across her chest. "The state must have hundreds of foster families they can place her with. Why us?"

Professional Reviews

Fallen Angels Review
5 Angels and a Recommended Read

There are things Kelly Moore regrets in her life, but right now she is focused on the present. When Alyssa’s parents are tragically killed and the toddler placed in Kelly’s care, the past comes back and will test Kelly and Jason’s marriage. Kelly knows her husband wants a child and is willing to adopt, but will this make Kelly feel less of a woman? She has prayed for a child, but God has not given her children. However, Kelly will soon learn God works in mysterious ways and this is one way that Kelly is going to feel the love of God. Can Kelly learn to cope with adopting little Alyssa and not question why people think they look alike when she is a stranger to Alyssa? As marriages go, Kelly has it all, but meeting Alyssa is going to make her see life with new eyes. Is this little girl the thing they all need in their lives?

I have never read a story that touched this reviewer’s heart as deeply as reading about Alyssa and how easy it is for her to capture people’s attention. This is a little girl who has known heartache with the death of her parents, but like any child, she brings joy around her. Kelly is a woman who this reviewer’s heart went out to. All she wants are children of her own, not some strangers. The thing I liked most about her is that she never gave up hope or in the power of God’s love, which so many people in her place would have done by now. Having kids to her is something to prove that she is still a woman. Any reader who is in the same situation will have renewed hope when they read about Kelly’s hope and faith towards God. I loved this inspirational story and highly recommend it. Denise Patrick knows how to create a beautiful and detailed story that touches a reader’s heart. Great job.

Reviewed by: Lena C.

The Romance Studio
5 Hearts

What an amazing book! Ms. Denise Patrick has written a winner, of that I am sure! This inspirational romance offers a unique slant to the basic story of trying to have a baby, can’t, then adopt, get results. I’m almost sure that this will ending will be surprising to all. Jason and Kelly had been seriously trying for a year to have a baby. As an internist at the hospital, Jason was surrounded by various situations. When a four-year-old girl named Alyssa was injured in an automobile accident that killed her adoptive parents, Jason began to spend time with the little girl. She would be hard to place because she was bi-racial. Because of that, none of her adoptive family’s relatives would consider taking her.

Kelly wanted her own child so badly that she was uneasy about adopting, but she fell in love with Alyssa and decided to agree with Jason and go forward with the placement. Many things had compounded in their three-year-marriage that impacted how each viewed life, but they both loved the Lord and were willing to allow Him to direct their home and family.

Adopting Alyssa proceeds with its astonishing story by delving into the past of both Jason and Kelly. Jason had bad feelings because his grandmother had lied to him about his mother’s death; Kelly’s mother had deserted her and disappeared for 14 years. The Lord used the strained reunion with her mother to point Kelly in an unusual direction which, unfortunately, caused friction with Jason. Throughout the process, Alyssa was fearful that she would lose these parents like she had the other ones. Her original parents were in prison for abusing her and her siblings.

The unusual way that Jason and Kelly and Alyssa become a true family is a work of art! The sub characters are understandably successful in helping the story develop. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a distinctive ending.

Reviewed by: Brenda

Coffee Time Romance
5 Cups

Social worker Helen Carstairs has a stranger than fiction case before her. She believes that she has found the perfect set of parents for the 4-year-old little girl in this case.

Jason and Kelly Moore are the couple that Helen has in mind. Jason is a doctor and Kelly works in the legal field. Both are young and strong in their faith, and appear to be the perfect answer.

As Alyssa is practically dropped into their lives, Jason and Kelly’s world starts to crumble. A secret that Kelly buried long ago has reared itself to set this marriage on shaky ground. Will their faith be enough to withstand the truth?

This was a wonderful and very surprising treasure of a story. What a wonderful premise this story takes on. Faith, Love, and miracles can and do happen in this feel good book. I had tears in my eyes through most of this story. What a blessing Ms. Patrick has given us!

Reviewed by: Matilda

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