When my husband walked out on me over a year ago, it devastated me. When the divorce papers came, it killed me. When we had to sell our house, it broke me. But then he moved in with his new flavor of the month and told our daughter his new woman wasn’t into children. That pissed me off. Now Riley feels abandoned, and I can’t make it better; no matter how hard I try. I’m desperate to help her adjust to the loss of a male figure in her life. The companion program that matches adults up with children who have loneliness and abandonment issues is my last hope. The counselors tell me he’s doing community service hours, and I ask to sit in on his meetings with Riley. The minute I see him astride the matte black Harley, I know neither my nor Riley’s life will ever be the same again.
Community Service. Two words I should be thankful for, but I’m not. I resent the hours it’s away from building my business. The two previous kids I’d been paired up with didn’t work out because their mothers were more interested in getting in my bed. This next match with a little girl is my last hope. Unless this kid works out, I’m destined to serve time. When they push her into the room wearing pink converse with a black dress, her crazy curls barely held back by the barrette in her hair, and studious glasses on her face, I can tell she’s scared – of new people, of change, of being pushed aside. Something inside of me breaks, and I want this girl to feel wanted again. What I’m unprepared for is meeting her mom. The second our hands touch, there are fireworks, bright lights, and a picture of the future I could one day have. The future I’ve never allowed myself to wish for. Community service becomes more than a chore, more than time I resent for being taken away from me. In the months that follow, I realize they’re just like me: they’ve been abandoned, left behind by the world, forgotten by those who should love them. Thanks to the one last hope in both our lives – we found the light in the darkness we’d been searching for.
5 out of 5 stars
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Trick is the story of Hadley, single mother to 6 year old Riley, and Patrick, Trick. Trick has had some trouble with the law, and as part of his punishment, is put in a Child Companion program – kind of like Big Brothers, Big Sisters. He is paired up with 6-year old Riley, who has been abandoned by her father, and having a hard time with it.
Hadley, Riley’s mother, is struggling to keep it all together, raising her daughter on her own. She works full time and has an Etsy store for extra income. Her first impression of Trick wasn’t great – he overslept and was very late to their first appointment. But you should never judge a book by it’s cover.
Trick was truly a one of a kind guy. He knew who he was, and what he was. He didn’t make any excuses for his past actions. He told it how it was. He was a real guy. He wasn’t rich with money, but he was in rich in integrity and kindness.
Hadley was amazing. She put her daughter first, always. When she say that her daughter was struggling due to her abandonment, she immediately took action. I cannot imagine how hard it is to be a single mother, but Hadley was a pro at it.
Riley, or Sprite as Trick so cutely named her, was just adorable. She was wise beyond her 6 years and so sweet.
This book was just so good. I love stories about overcoming obstacles and finding love, even in the most unconventional way. This book is great and I would highly recommend it.