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…
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.
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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.
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.
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It’s late on Friday night when Casey’s mobile starts to ring. She is expecting it to be her daughter Riley. But it isn’t Riley. It’s a woman from the Emergency Duty Team. So begins Casey and Mike’s latest fostering challenge – a fifteen-year-old girl called Keeley who’s run away from her long-term foster home 25 miles away.
The Jonathan Ross Show has just started when Casey gets the call. She thinks it will be Riley – telling her that her favourite actor is going to be on TV. But it’s something far more urgent: a fifteen-year-old girl who has run away from her foster family and accused her foster father of sexual abuse. The family deny in vehemently, but such an allegation can never be taken lightly, so a new home must be found for Keeley.
Keeley is polite, but she’s sharp, and she has all the hallmarks of a child who has been in the system a long time, and knows how to play it. Whether the allegation is true or not, Casey knows there will be no winners here. If it is true, then a young girl’s life has been torn asunder. If not, then the heartache for the family will only be surpassed by the bleak outlook for Keeley.
In the short term, it’s a case of providing a safe, supportive home for a vulnerable child. But with the dangerous world of the internet at her disposal, it seems this strong-minded youngster has her own ideas of where that safe place should be…
This is the story about Keeley and her life before coming to stay with foster carer Casey and her family. This being a true story you just can’t imagine what these children have had to go through, but I am pretty sure Casey would welcome you with big open arms, she seems such a wonderful, caring lady and anyone would be lucky to have her as a foster carer. There are sensitive issues raised in the book but they have been written sensitively. I always feel when I have read one of Casey’s books that the children that are bought to her stay with me.
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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.
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.
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This title will be released on June 1, 2017.
‘I’m so sorry, Casey,’ my link worker John said, sounding weary. ‘I know this is probably the worst time I could ring you, but we desperately need someone to take a child tonight.’
It’s the night before Christmas when Casey and Mike get the call. A twelve year old girl, stuck between a rock and a hard place. Her father is on a ventilator, fighting for his life, while her mother is currently on remand in prison. Despite claiming she attacked him in self-defence, she’s been charged with his attempted murder.
The girl is called Bella, and she’s refusing to say anything. The trouble is that she is also the only witness…
I have read quite a few of Casey Watson’s books and find them utterly heartbreaking by what some of the children have been through. You can’t ever imagine it. Casey Watson is a foster carer and these are her stories from the previous children she has looked after. I think she does an amazing job helping the children. This story is about twelve year old Bella and we discover why she is refusing to say anything. A sad story but one that has a happy ending.
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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.
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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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?
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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