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The Child Bride

Narrated by: Denica Fairman
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

Cathy Glass, international best-selling author, tells the shocking story of Zeena, a young Asian girl desperate to escape from her family.

When 14-year-old Zeena begs to be taken into care with a non-Asian family, she is clearly petrified. But of what?Placed in the home of experienced foster carer Cathy and her family, Zeena gradually settles into her new life, but misses her little brothers and sisters terribly.

Prevented from having any contact with them by her family who insist she has brought shame and dishonour on the whole community, Zeena tries to see them at school. But when her father and uncle find out, they bundle her into a car and threaten to set fire to her if she makes anymore trouble. Zeena is too frightened to press charges against them despite being offered police protection in a safe house.

Eventually, Cathy discovers the devastating truth from Zeena, and with devastation she believes there is little she can do to help her.

©2014 Cathy Glass (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Interesting in parts.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I found this book quite boring and repetitive in parts.

If you’ve listened to books by Cathy Glass before, how does this one compare?

This was the first by Cathy Glass.

How could the performance have been better?

The voices of the daughters were so annoying and loud.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

I found the book became quite boring until Zeena revealed what had happened to her and then it was hard to put it down.

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well told story

loved it made me cry but I do enjoy cathy glass stories if u like true to life then this is for you

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beautiful story

a very touching story and so true for.many.toung women, another fantastic story by Cathy glass

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Another brilliant story

This broke my heart into a million pieces but I am so glad that things worked out for her.

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Inspirational

Heart breaking story of courage and compassion, it's hard to believe that this can take place in modern society.

My first Cathy Glass book, it won't be my last

I recommend this book, be prepared for a few tears!

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A Riveting Story

It was nice to read about a teenager's experience. Zeena seems very strong to me, despite what she went through. As always, Cathy has a really approachable and kind manner, as much with Zeena as with any other child or teen she fosters, and this really comes across in her writing. There are very sensitive issues here, but Cathy's adolescent/ young adult children deal with what happened to Zeena with a wiseness beyond their years. As with all books by Cathy Glass, I cannot fault the flow of the story or the character voice.

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fantastic

fantastic story this was my 2nd time reading ov this story my heart goes out to zena an all best for you future x

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  • Warrington
  • 13-12-15

Well done to Cathy saving this young lady.

Brilliantly written as always, so pleased it worked out for Zena. narrated well too. Cathy Glass is a wonderful lady and Mother, well done.

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Outstanding and heart wrenching!

Another practice based experience of a wonderful foster carer, who tells it like it is, through the eyes of those who are most vulnerable. excellent performance on the part of the narrator, who portrays Cathy Glass's work so well. This is a subject many of us in the western world are aware of, but would rather try and evade than face the horrors of truth that could be in our own street. The author deals with the ever growing problem in the UK of forced marriage, offering graphic facts in a way which can't help but leave the the reader better informed and aware. Congratulations on an incredibly well written piece of subject matter that is now exposed in yet another powerful didactic way!

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Child bride

This was a heartfelt story of how different cultures can treat their children. It was amazing that the young lady turned out to be such a generously kind person, I admire the love and dedication foster parent give to there charges.

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  • SushisArmy
  • 03-04-19

i never saw it coming

poor Zena. I saw the child brode part coming because of the title, but I never imagined how much worse it could get. Thank you, Cathy for the part you played to help Zena find her confidence. I wish I could have helped her myself! strong work Cathy!

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  • LaughingSun
  • 06-05-17

Heart wrenching story

I was amazed to find out the story was true, at every turn of the page it pulled at my heart strings. The best part is that I can read about how everybody is doing now!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-19

very touching

great book yet very sad story can not believe anyone could hurt children like the little girl in this story . luckily for the little girl in this story was very lucky to have people who really cared about her well being. And right on for the case manager i give her a high five investigating and taking the time that was needed and going to the extreme to make sure the little girl in this story was kept safe and protected from the ones that were traumatizing her and making sure they were convicted,and placed in custody serving time so they can't hurt anymore children! they deserve to rot in prison

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  • karin
  • 30-04-17

Beautiful story- and updates on cathy's website!

What made the experience of listening to The Child Bride the most enjoyable?

The author sounded like she was Cathy just telling me her story. Warm, loving voice of the narrator took me right into the story. Actually, the first night i started listening i couldn't stop until the wee hours of the morning.

What other book might you compare The Child Bride to and why?

Tory Haden's books and Mary Mc Cracken's books. They were teachers but were writing about the same subjects- helping children who were in trouble.

What does Denica Fairman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The book is set in England and she sounds like a loving, English (not American/ Canadian) mom. I liked her accent.

Any additional comments?

Bonus deal: Also got 3 pairs of pants hemmed while listening to this story. Kind of like when i would save my mending or folding for Oprah to come on. Now i didn't have to wait for a specific time.And as i listened on the cloud format, it started where i left off without me having to rewind or fast forward or anything!

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  • Cameron
  • 11-03-17

Devastating and inspiring

This is a book that everyone should read or listen to. It makes you aware of the horrendous suffering that so many children, boys and girls, endure every day. This book was one that I could hardly stop listening to.

Zeena is also a very inspirational person in that she was able to forgive her mother.

I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

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  • Randi shelton
  • 08-05-16

Incredible

This is another excellent book by Cathy Glass. It's a truly incredible story of a child who lives through a horrific childhood and still finds it in her heart to forgive.

I didn't know situations like Zeena's still happened.`. Unbelievable... As sad as this child's circumstances were, she still managed to forgive one parent and move on. Truly amazing! I'm not sure I could... I've finished all the books but the novels and can't wait for the next one.

As always, the narration was fantastic!

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  • Gloria Burkhart
  • 10-02-16

Incredible

This book was a sad yet hopeful look into a culture that many of us do not hear of or understand. As Cathy takes in a young Asian girl who has been abused in ways Cathy has not experienced she is impressed by a young lady who is able to forgive and continue on with her life.

I was extremely touched by this book and learned much about a culture I knew some about but do not understand.

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  • Matt
  • 11-06-15

Courageous child

An incredible story of a girl's courageous journey through rape, prostitution and forgiveness and love.

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  • stepnage
  • 09-03-15

Heartwarming

Absolutely brilliant, such a heartwarming story which captures such an indepth corrupt and cruel society and what really does happen. The story is written and illustrated with such detail it will make you shiver, a must have in your collection.

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  • Lauraji
  • 23-01-15

Well written, riveting story

I listened to this Audible version and I could barely do anything else until I was finished. It shines the light on a problem no one talks about as well as the power of fostering. I love Cathy's sweet parenting style.