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What would happen if your baby’s birth father stood for everything you despised and feared? In this profound and heartrending story, an adoptive mother is forced to discover the answer.

After years of infertility, Mani and her husband, David, decided to adopt. When they matched with a teen mother, they were overjoyed, until the likely birth father contested. Frank was a violent white supremacist who had no intention of relinquishing parental rights. With tenuous hope and consuming dread, Mani now had to go head-to-head with a hateful stranger. And she was totally unprepared for where it would lead.

Mani Sheriar’s The Third Man is part of This Can’t Be Happening, a collection of four true stories about making the best of a worst-case scenario curated by Kevin Allison, creator of the hit true storytelling podcast RISK! Outrageous, alarming, triumphant, and sometimes embarrassing, these fearless confessionals can be read, or listened to, in one what-on-earth-would-I-do? sitting.

©2018 Mani Sheriar (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Disisil Rickety
  • 03-04-2019

You almost had me

This was going to be a great story, until the author said earlier THREE YEAR OLD started asking questions about his adoption, birth mother and father and how the adopted him! A THREE YEAR OLD‼️

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  • Julianne Day-Evers
  • 12-03-2019

An adoption story best for youthful audiences.

For a very specific target audience this is a sweet little story. If I were a young women struggling with fertility issues or in a family who chooses adoption this would be a good library suggestion. However, for anyone else, it is syrupy sweet to the point of needing insulin to balance the over-the-top depiction of such a picture perfect revelation of acceptance & love.

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  • Theloniusphere
  • 18-01-2019

Poignant

"This can't be happening" is spot on for this book, the most of the four books I've read on this series. It is the author's.nightmare tale of an adoption. I have been through this scenario as the attorney and can testify that all the apprehensions are true. I've also served as a guardian ad litem for children in the system, which can be gut-wrenching. The author's perspective makes the story. Her ability to display compassion in a tough situation is inspirational. The Third Man brings her compassion to the forefront.

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  • Melissa LaPonsie
  • 10-01-2019

A wonderful lesson in humanity & unconditional love

This was an excellent short story that will change the way you look at life in just an hour.

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  • Audrey
  • 05-01-2019

When You Least Expect It

This excellent story reminded me that love and beautiful moments can show up at any time, from people or circumstances you never thought would yield positivity, and those moments can ultimately change your life.

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  • Colleen waiting for the Impeachment
  • 13-01-2020

I loved this book

This was wonderful uplifting story. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audible version. five stars

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  • Caitlin A Johnson
  • 16-12-2019

Just ok

The story was just ok. I could hear the breathing and need for the reader to swallow through the whole story. Not really engrossing by any means but does have a good message at the end.

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  • Budget Friendly Squad
  • 27-09-2019

A book about compassion

This book is a reminder to always be compassionate. We may not all come from the same situations but the situations we experience make us who we are.

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  • Kindle Customer 891110107
  • 18-03-2019

Love it!

Great story! As you listen to it you can really feel what they were going through and all the love!

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  • Nanci Arvizu
  • 10-03-2019

A heartbeat of a story

This short story packs a few punches at the heart. Beautiful and well told. Thank you for sharing this personal story of hope, hope and more hope. And finally, baby giggles. I can totally hear *that moment.* ❤️❤️

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