A CHILD CAN’T CHOOSE ITS MOTHER, BUT MAYBE A MOTHER CAN CHOOSE HER CHILD
Rebecca Dolores Kingsley, better known as Dot, is a precocious orphan with a lot to say and a lot of love to give. Despite her painful past and the cruel indifference of a world that doesn’t want her, Dot is determined to beat the odds that have been stacked against her since birth.
When a small boy named Kenny arrives at the orphanage, Dot is quick to take him under her wing. She lavishes Kenny with all of the maternal affection she can muster and, by caring for him, finds a sense of safety and belonging that has long eluded her.
But the future of her little family is soon threatened by someone who forces Dot to play what she calls “the secret game,” and when the unthinkable happens, Dot is faced with a decision that no mother, either real or imagined, should ever have to make.
“This story from the beginning had an appealing type of monologue that had me hooked. I could picture the characters in my mind vividly and their voices with accents. An emotional story that shows the human heart and spirit how it holds out for love and hope under difficult circumstances. Excellent short story!“
“This is one of the most heartbreaking short stories I’ve ever read. Subtle, beautiful, terrible and powerful in equal measure.”
“Such a powerful and emotional read of a young woman growing up at an orphanage.“