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Broken

Narrated by: Madeleine Gould
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Summary

Nine-year-old Archie and his five-year-old sister, Bobbi, are taken into emergency police protective custody after an incident of domestic violence at their family home.

Rosie collects the children from their out-of-hours foster carer on New Year's Day and instantly recognises Archie from a domestic violence workshop she helped with. Rosie remembers that when asked what he enjoyed most about the course, Archie said, 'The biscuits'.

Social workers are concerned that Archie and Bobbi have been neglected. As Rosie gets to know the children, she begins to suspect that something far more disturbing lies in their past.

Archie, jovial and polite, bats away Rosie's attempts to talk to him about anything serious with witty one-liners and sophisticated distractions. Bobbi reacts violently, lashing out and throwing herself around. Rosie has never seen a child as young a Bobbi behaving so viciously, but it is Archie she is most concerned about as the weeks go by.

After a worrying incident at school, Archie tearfully discloses the truth - a shocking secret that has left him and his sister traumatised. Horrified at what she learns, Rosie is determined to help the young siblings find a forever home that will provide them with the love and care they deserve.

©2017 Rosie Lewis (P)2017 HarperCollins

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a must read

A wonderful story, well wriyand week read. A must read but make sure you have tissues ready!

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Good but not great

I love Rosie's writing, but the ending of this book felt incredibly rushed. One minute everything hangs precariously in the balance, the next it's a happy ending for all involved. It was the first time one of her books disappointed me.

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powerful and full of emotion.

This was another good book by this author, they are very hard to read because of the problems that a lot of the children in her care have to go threw but it's always heart warming to read about the care and love she shows them. Rosie always fights to do what is best for the children in her care and is determined to find out the truth so she can help them get the love they deserve. Bobby and Archie are 9 and five years old and are removed from there home after social services become concerned for there safety. Bobby throws tantrums and has regular melt downs that makes Rosie shocked to see such a young child behave in the way she does. However as the weeks progress it's Archie her brother who Rosie becomes more concerned about. after he finally reveals the secret of there past, Rosie is determined to make sure they find that forever home where they can be loved. Rosie is a great foster carer who does everything she can for the children in her care even sometimes going beyond the call of duty. The reader handles the subject matter very sensitively and reads the books very well. Looking forward to hopeful future books by this author.

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  • JaneMcFaddenStephens
  • 19-05-19

Sad story

A good book for care givers in the system. Yet hard to believe the patience exhibited. God bless our little children in this world.

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  • Heather Davis
  • 17-04-19

just okay

was only read with a minor amount of engagement. I often found myself wondering when we switched charterer speakers. Also, very surprised when major bombs were dropped but the story and reader just glazed over them like nothing happened.

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  • Just Me
  • 24-03-19

ok

it was anticlimatic. I would have liked to know more about the child's lives after they left the authors care

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  • Jennifer G.
  • 14-12-18

Absolutely amazing from start to finish!

This book was written and read in such a way that I felt like I was sitting at a kitchen table, drinking a tea with the narrator. I don't usually write reviews but this one warranted it. I found myself taking the long way home to listen to more. Finished in 2 days. Highly recommend.