Listen free for 30 days

Please Don't Take My Sisters

Narrated by: Penny MacDonald
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Three-year-old Lexie, five-year-old Amelie and thirteen-year-old Leo come to Maggie after Leo confesses to a teacher that his mother's addiction problems and her latest violent relationship has left him as the sole carer to his younger sisters.   

Maggie welcomes the three children into her home and is touched by the gentle care Leo shows to the two little girls. It is clear that Lexie and Amelie adore their big brother and rely on him for comfort and reassurance. But Leo has experienced the neglect and abuse of his mother and her partner for far longer than his sisters and is struggling with an eating disorder and showing signs of OCD.  

When Social Services begin to look at adoptive families for the children, Maggie is horrified when Social Services suggest that the two angelic little girls will have a much better chance of being adopted without their damaged older brother. Knowing the impact that losing his sisters forever will have on vulnerable Leo, they face the ultimate dilemma. Should the children stay together and dash the hope of them ever having a forever family? Or do they sacrifice the close bond between the siblings to give the girls a chance to be adopted?

©2019 Maggie Hartley (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    43
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    37
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    37
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • JM
  • 29-09-19

Deeply touching.

As an individual who doesn’t usually get emotional, I found this story deeply moving. I kept having to pause in the last hour of the book to allow myself to recover. A heart touching tale for those who enjoy the genre.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Heartbreaking

Absolutely fantastic Audible book to listen to. It had tears rilling down my cheeks .Definitely recommend this listen

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

another great listen

i loved this book & maggie hartley books just wished they had more of her books on here, but a great read

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

good listen

well read great story the ending could've been better. to many unanswered questions. cant wait to start next book

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

heart breaking

I really loved this book and bought it on Audible, Just heart breaking that such a young boy cared for his sisters so well and the outcome of the children brought tears to my eyes. Another excellent book from Cathy Glass

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Tearjerker

Having previously fostered children I found this such an honest, heartbreaking, realistic read/listen. Maggie is an absolute credit to herself and all foster Carer’s nationwide.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Oh Maggie Lovie! Sigh!

What a horrendous representation of how the care system actually works. “I try not to judge the parents... but.....”- then huge judgement ensues. More education and training is evidently needed for foster carers if your account is anything to go by.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Please don’t take my sisters

This has got to be one of the hardest books i have ever listened too as the heartbreak is so overwhelming.
Maggie and many other foster carers go through this heartbreak and I honestly don’t know how they stay so strong! I haven’t been able to keep a dry eye for the last 2 hours. This is the brutal truth of what goes on and not every decision is the right one. Maggie please know i am sending you all the hugs i could ever give and all my love!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful listen

My only issue is that it was over far too quickly, as I inhaled it within a day! Wonderful writing and narration as always.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

I think this book should include a warning

I hope to adopt one day. However this book has made me determined I wont be responsible for splitting up siblings. I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to adopt.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Tammy
  • Tammy
  • 20-10-19

Heartfelt

Loved it. My first book by this author. Looking for more. A page turner for sure

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for twandawanda
  • twandawanda
  • 14-10-19

Heartbreaking story of Social Services are work

A very well told TRUE story of how Social Services work, how they don't listen to the CareGivers that know the children best! I was crying through the last few chapters!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Angelina
  • Angelina
  • 09-09-19

My review

This book was amazing and gripping up until the last page. It is so sad that families have to be sometimes separated but it is also such a blessing that the children in these heart breaking stories have loving people like Maggie to help them through.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jean L Smith
  • Jean L Smith
  • 01-09-19

Great Read

Eye opener as to the pain some children go through. Feel good about the ending
Thanks for writing this event of real life.