In her new book, Cathy Glass, the number one best-selling author of Damaged, tells the story of the Alice, a young and vulnerable girl who is desperate to return home to her mother.
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.
©2010 Cathy Glass (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Cannot fail to move those who read it." (Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." (The Mirror)
"A truly harrowing read that made me cry." (The Sun)
This one got to me. As a nurse, I cannot agree strongly enough that lack of funding equals lack of staff. However, this simply does not justify the lack of action at the beginning of this story. This poor, innocent, sweet little girl had to suffer because of ignorance. I am so very glad that she had a happy ending.
When I could see I used to read a bout 1 book ever 3 months if I was lucky, now I can listen to at least 2 books a month, its great,
Again another emotional story from Cathy Glass. Narration was
Excellent and engaging , I look forward to hearing more books in the coming months
this shows that social services are proven to get it wrong and judges put it right. family what ever age should get the children first if they are fit to raise the kida
I'm a freelance opera singer and teacher of singing. I love to read Thrillers, Chick lit General/contemporary & Children's books.
The realistic progression of the plot and how persistent Alice and her family remained. Cathy's first person naration made the characters' plights ring through.
I'm Afraid I was very Taken by little Alice.
Denica is the right person to read this book as she brings out the warmth in the more desirable characters and her impressions of the antagonists in the story are very convincing. I was often in floods of tears whilst listening to some of the touching scenes, and laughed out loud in others.
Yes and I'm afraid I put a huge amount of my life on hold as I was anxious to see how matters would be resolved.
A heart rending story of how a lovely family was torn apart due to a misunderstanding and very useful book to read if people want to know more about the adoption process.
As a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in the America I found this particular book hard to listen to at times. This particular novel took me through the many emotions that I have experienced with the kids I have advocated for. Much like Cathy I have been frustrated by decisions made by Social Services as I worked through a particular case especially. She and the Social Worker found themselves at odds against a system as wheels move slowly in the case.
We forget sometimes that some four-y
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