Too Scared to Tell By Cathy Glass

Too Scared to Tell By Cathy Glass

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The true story of a 6-year-old boy with a dreadful secret.

Oskar’s school teacher raises the alarm. Oskar’s mother is abroad and he has been left in the care of ‘friends’, but has been arriving in school hungry, unkempt, and with bruises on his arms, legs and body. Experienced foster carer Cathy Glass is asked to look after him, but as the weeks pass her concerns deepen. Oskar is far too quiet for a child of six and is clearly scared of something or someone.

And who are those men parked outside his school watching him?

My Thoughts:

Another superbly written story that had me in tears. Cathy Glass is a foster carer and writes about the children that she takes into care. Here we meet Oskar and what has happened to him will truly shock you as it did with Cathy. You see how she gives him and every child who comes into her care the warmth and love that they should get. I am thoroughly looking forward to the next book, as at the end of this book there is a bombshell dropped to do with Cathy and her family.  Keep your eyes peeled.

I received this book for an honest review.

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Innocent By Cathy Glass

Innocent By Cathy Glass

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Innocent is the shocking true story of little Molly and Kit, siblings, aged 3 years and 18 months, who are brought into care as an emergency after suffering non-accidental injuries.

Aneta and Filip, the children’s parents, are distraught when their children are taken into care. Aneta maintains she is innocent of harming them, while Filip appears bewildered and out of his depth. It’s true the family has never come to the attention of the social services before and little Kit and Molly appear to have been well looked after, but Kit has a broken arm and bruises on his face. Could it be they were a result of a genuine accident as Aneta is claiming?

Both children become sick with a mysterious illness while, experienced foster carer, Cathy, is looking after them. Very worried, she asks for more hospital tests to be done. They’ve already had a lot. When Cathy’s daughter, Lucy, becomes ill too she believes she has found the cause of Kit and Molly’s illness and the parents aren’t to blame. However, nothing could be further from the truth and what comes to light is far more sinister and shocking.

My Thoughts:

I get really excited when a new Cathy Glass book comes out. Cathy Glass is a foster carer and the stories she writes are all real life stories. This story is about two very young children called Molly and Kit. It is quite a hard hitting story and bought me to tears a few times. What we discover is truly shocking and unimaginable but thankfully with Cathy’s love and attention we start to see the children thrive. The last chapter had me in tears till the end. I couldn’t believe it. If you haven’t read one of Cathy Glass books before I would say try one as you will never look back.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Innocent-Story-Siblings-Struggling-Survive-ebook

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Finding Stevie By Cathy Glass

Finding Stevie By Cathy Glass

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Finding Stevie is a dark and poignant true story that highlights the dangers lurking on online.

When Stevie’s social worker tells Cathy, an experienced foster carer, that Stevie, 14, is gender fluid she isn’t sure what that term means and looks it up.

Stevie, together with his younger brother and sister, have been brought up by their grandparents as their mother is in prison. But the grandparents can no longer cope with Stevie’s behaviour so they place him in care.

Stevie is exploring his gender identity, and like many young people he spends time online. Cathy warns him about the dangers of talking to strangers online and advises him how to stay safe. When his younger siblings tell their grandmother that they have a secret they can’t tell, Cathy is worried. However, nothing could have prepared her for the truth when Stevie finally breaks down and confesses what he’s done.

My Thoughts:

This is the story of Stevie who comes into Cathy’s care after his behaviour at home gets out of control. It seems like a straightforward case but it really will stun you what Stevie has been up to. Cathy and her family do their very best to help him and you really get a sense of what young people may or may not be going through today.

I received a ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Stevie-secret-child-crisis-ebook

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Where Has Mummy Gone? By Cathy Glass

Where Has Mummy Gone? By Cathy Glass

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The true story of Melody, aged 8, the last of five siblings to be taken from her drug dependent single mother and brought into care.

When Cathy is told about Melody’s terrible childhood, she is sure she’s heard it all before. But it isn’t long before she feels there is more going on than she or the social services are aware of. Although Melody is angry at having to leave her mother, as many children coming into care are, she also worries about her obsessively – far more than is usual. Amanda, Melody’s mother, is also angry and takes it out on Cathy at contact, which again is something Cathy has experienced before. Yet there is a lost and vulnerable look about Amanda, and Cathy starts to see why Melody worries about her and feels she needs looking after.

When Amanda misses contact, it is assumed she has forgotten, but nothing could have been further from the truth…

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Cathy Glass books. They never fail to disappoint and bring a tear to my eye. This story we find out about Melody and what her and her mum have been through. There is more to the story than meets the eye and Cathy as she does best looks after Melody and its nice to see their relationship develop. Already looking forward to the next one.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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A Long Way from Home By Cathy Glass

A Long Way from Home By Cathy Glass

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The true story of 2 year-old Anna, abandoned by her natural parents, left alone in a neglected orphanage.

Elaine and Ian had travelled half way round the world to adopt little Anna. She couldn’t have been more wanted, loved and cherished. So why was she now in foster care and living with me? It didn’t make sense.

Until I learned what had happened. …

Dressed only in nappies and ragged T-shirts the children were incarcerated in their cots. Their large eyes stared out blankly from emaciated faces. Some were obviously disabled, others not, but all were badly undernourished. Flies circled around the broken ceiling fans and buzzed against the grids covering the windows. The only toys were a few balls and a handful of building bricks, but no child played with them. The silence was deafening and unnatural. Not one of the thirty or so infants cried, let alone spoke.

My Thoughts:

I have the deepest respect for Cathy Glass and I think it is amazing what she does. This story like all of her stories is an emotional one, to hear what the orphanage that Anna was in was like was unbearable and really made me tear up. I really felt for Cathy and her family when Anna was being disruptive but I knew Cathy would be able to overcome it with her years of training and looking after other children. I enjoyed this story.

I received a ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Long-Way-Home-Cathy-Glass-ebook

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Cruel to be Kind By Cathy Glass

Cruel to be Kind By Cathy Glass

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This title will be released on September 7, 2017. 

Cruel To Be Kind is the true story of Max, aged 6. He is fostered by Cathy while his mother is in hospital with complications from type 2 diabetes.

Fostering Max gets off to a bad start when his mother, Caz, complains and threatens Cathy even before Max has moved in. Cathy and her family are shocked when they first meet Max. But his social worker isn’t the only one in denial; his whole family are too.

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Cathy’s books so was excited about reading this one. Cathy is a foster carer and has looked after a number of children. Here she tells the stories of them and some of them are truly heartbreaking.  This story is about Max and how he copes at a young age with being fostered and there are other issues with him and his family. Cathy has written yet another tale that I will remember and even though there is tragedy, I enjoyed reading about Max’s upbringing.

I was given an advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review.

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Nobody’s Son By Cathy Glass

Nobody’s Son By Cathy Glass

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Born in a prison and removed from his drug-dependent mother, rejection is all that 7-year-old Alex knows.

When Cathy is asked to foster little Alex, aged 7, her immediate reaction is: Why can’t he stay with his present carers for the last month? He’s already had many moves since coming into care as a toddler and he’ll only be with her a short while before he goes to live with his permanent adoptive family. But the present carers are expecting a baby and the foster mother isn’t coping, so Alex goes to live with Cathy.

He settles easily and is very much looking forward to having a forever family of his own. The introductions and move to his adoptive family go well. But Alex is only with them for a week when problems begin. What happens next is both shocking and upsetting, and calls into question the whole adoption process.

My Thoughts:

After reading a few of Cathy Glass’s books I now know to keep the tissues to hand, you go on an emotional rollercoaster when you read her books. All the stories Cathy tells are all real and you just can’t imagine what that poor child goes through. Cathy seems a lovely genuine lady and she does an amazing job. It is nice near the end where you discover what they child is doing later on in life too.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nobodys-Son-Cathy-Glass

Can I Let You Go? By Cathy Glass

Can I Let You Go? By Cathy Glass

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Can I Let You Go? is the true story of Faye, a wonderful young woman who may never be able to parent her unborn child.

Faye is 24, pregnant, and has learning difficulties as a result of her mother’s alcoholism. Faye is gentle, childlike and vulnerable, and normally lives with her grandparents, both of whom have mobility problems. Cathy and her children welcome Faye into their home and hearts. The care plan is for Faye to stay with Cathy until after the birth when she will return home and the baby will go for adoption. Given that Faye never goes out alone it is something of a mystery how she ever became pregnant and Faye says it’s a secret.

To begin with Faye won’t acknowledge she is pregnant or talk about the changes in her body as she worries it will upset her grandparents, but after her social worker assures her she can talk to Cathy she opens up. However, this leads to Faye realizing just how much she will lose and she changes her mind and says she wants to keep her baby.

Is it possible Faye could learn enough to parent her child? Cathy believes it is, and Faye’s social worker is obliged to give Faye the chance.

My Thoughts:

I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. I have read some of Cathy’s previous novels and really enjoyed them. Cathy Glass is a foster carer and has been a carer to more than 150 children. This one focuses on Faye and her story. It is a bit different to Cathy’s previous novels as she normally has to take care of young children but Faye is older. I really felt for Faye at times as some of the things she has to deal with are really sad. I did shed a few tears near the end. Such a beautiful and moving story.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Can-Let-You-Go-heartbreaking/

Girl Alone By Cathy Glass

Girl Alone By Cathy Glass

Aged nine Joss came home from school to discover her father’s suicide. She’s never gotten over it.

This is the true story of Joss, 13 who is angry and out of control. At the age of nine, Joss finds her father’s dead body. He has committed suicide. Then her mother remarries and Joss bitterly resents her step-father who abuses her mentally and physically.

Cathy takes Joss under her wing but will she ever be able to get through to the warm-hearted girl she sees glimpses of underneath the vehement outbreaks of anger that dominate the house, and will Cathy be able to build up Joss’s trust so she can learn the full truth of the terrible situation?

My Thoughts:

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book and I would like to say thank you to lovereading for sending it to me. This is the second book I have read of Cathy Glass’s and I can’t believe some of the stories I have read so far. The poor children that have to go through these awful things at such a young age. It makes me feel sick. These books are so heart touching that I really do admire Cathy and the work that she does, She makes the child feel safe, and that they have a sense of belonging. These books also give you a good insight about what it is like to be a foster carer. Another fantastic read.

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I Miss Mummy By Cathy Glass

I Miss Mummy By Cathy Glass

 

Alice, aged four, is snatched by her mother the day she is due to arrive at Cathy’s house. Drug-dependent and mentally ill, but desperate to keep hold of her daughter, Alice’s mother snatches her from her parents’ house and disappears.

Cathy spends three anxious days worrying about her whereabouts before Alice is found safe, but traumatised. Alice is like a little doll, so young and vulnerable, and she immediately finds her place in the heart of Cathy’s family. She talks openly about her mummy, who she dearly loves, and how happy she was living with her maternal grandparents before she was put into care. Alice has clearly been very well looked after and Cathy can’t understand why she couldn’t stay with her grandparents.

It emerges that Alice’s grandparents are considered too old (they are in their early sixties) and that the plan is that Alice will stay with Cathy for a month before moving to live with her father and his new wife. The grandparents are distraught – Alice has never known her father, and her grandparents claim he is a violent drug dealer.

Desperate to help Alice find the happy home she deserves, Cathy’s parenting skills are tested in many new ways. Finally questions are asked about Alice’s father suitability, and his true colours begin to emerge.

My Thoughts:

I was given this book by a good friend of mine, having never read any books by this author. Cathy Glass is an inspiration and she does write in the most amazing and dictating way. Poor little Alice does go through so much at the tender age of four. Such a lovely lady is Cathy, what a wonderful thing to do being a foster carer. Lovely written ending. Will be reading more of Cathy Glass’s books.

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