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The Forgotten Child

Finding Love: The Outsider Series, Volume 1
Narrated by: Melissa Moran
Series: The Outsider, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

How do you tell a man there is something wrong with his child?

He wasn't looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.

Emily Nelson, a courageous young mother, ends a loveless, bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad for a cook and live-in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friessen hires and moves in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something's seriously wrong with the boy, and the reclusive, difficult man who hired her can't see the behavior and how delayed his son is. So Emily researches until she stumbles across what she suspects are the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him, give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder - to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.

As their lives become intertwined, their attraction is unavoidable - a connection sparks between them. But just as they're getting close, Brad's estranged wife, Crystal, returns after abandoning the family two years earlier. Among the shock and confusion is one disturbing question Brad can't shake: How does Crystal know so much of his personal business, the inner working of the ranch, and Emily's relationship with his son?

Crystal must've had a plan, as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily, and the children. The primary focus for care and therapy of three-year-old Trevor is diverted. The lengths to which Crystal will go, the lies, the greed, just to keep what's hers, are nothing short of cold and calculating. Emily's forced out of the house. Brad fights to save his boy, to protect what's his, and struggles over his greatest sacrifice - Emily - and the haunting question: Has he lost her forever?

©2011 Lorhainne Ekelund (P)2014 Lorhainne Ekelund

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  • Lizz
  • Dundee, Scotland
  • 13-05-17

Interesting and captivating story

It has been a new experience for me to listen to a book. I have enjoyed it immensely as I have been able to do craft while listening. The story is not mind blowing, but nevertheless interesting and entertaining. Well worth buying.

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  • Suzyplums
  • Wallasey, United Kingdom
  • 18-01-17

great book

this book had me laughing, crying and yes shouting with and at the characters. I loved it and the narrator. thanks for a great listen.

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  • Harmony
  • 06-07-19

great story

i thought this was a great story. i am glad this story had a happy ending.

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  • Tina Marie Barr
  • 04-07-19

Great book

The Narrator Melissa Moran is really good . I like the characters and the narrator I like the book alot I am going to get the rest of the books also

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  • Yvonne T. Cruz
  • 28-05-19

A good story

This book is the first in new series, The Outsiders, .
The story centers around rancher Brad Friessen, his young son Trevor, recently separated, Emily , her daughter Katy, and Brad’s estranged wife, Crystal.
Emily answers an ad for a nanny and cook in a rancher and encounters a child that appears to have autism, and an overwhelmed man.
Brad was a tad taciturn and at first not acknowledging his child’s problems.
As a friendship develops between Brad and Emily, Brad’s wife, Crystal comes back into the picture.
For me, it was an a 3.5 star story. I did appreciate that the author shone a light on autism.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-05-19

A love story with strong characters

I liked the strong characters personalities. The way they fight to be together. I had read the book a few years ago which I enjoyed and wanted to listen to the story. My only recommendation is that I feel the Friessen men should have a male narrator.

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  • Addicted to books
  • 28-05-19

The Forgotten Child

I liked this story. There are a few sex scenes and a little language. However I enjoyed the narrator very much.

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  • Isha Coleman
  • 27-05-19

WOW!


The Forgotten Child is made up of heartache and tears. The first time I read Brad and Emily's story I kept a tissue box close at hand. The second time, I felt tingles in my heart. The third time I listened to it in audio and my soul may never recover. Eckhart and Moran bring three powerful characters to life. Brad and Emily are caught in the middle of an emotional love affair, but it's the bond between Emily and Brad's autistic son, Trevor that steals the breath from your lungs. In the face of beauty, ugliness tries to find it's way in, but there is nothing more powerful than a mother's love. Whether by blood or from the heart. That bond is not easily broken. WOW!

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  • brenda hodges
  • 26-05-19

Good book

I have liked all the books in the series the characters are great the stories are great a must read

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 12-02-19

I enjoyed this one a lot.

I'm a bit of a latecomer to Ms. Eckhart's books and I didn't start reading her Friessen saga with the first story. I've listened to several of the later books in this vast series and enjoyed all of them. As a recent subscriber to the Audible Romance Package I've taken advantage of the fact that many, if not all, of her books are available in the RP and finally started at the beginning.

I really enjoyed this story but did keep in mind that it was written several years ago and I lot of things have changed in the world of romance writing. Emily was just a bit naive in places and Brad was a real jerk at times. That being said, I really loved the book and enjoyed the narrator.

I'm pretty picky about narrators and some of the ones for other books in this series weren't always great in my opinion. I thought Melissa Moran did a good job and got the inflections for the words right nearly all of the time. A couple of reviewers commented that her voice was robotic and I guess I can see where they're coming from but… She did a good job of distinguishing between characters and didn't make her voice go up and down when it shouldn't like a lot of narrators do. I would definitely listen to more books that she narrates.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-19

Warning: A few mild spoilers in my review.

Narrator seemed a bit robotic but that wasn't my problem with this story. In fact, I didn't lose patience with this book until Chapter 31 according to the print but the narrator started by saying "Chapter 30". By then, I felt the plot was not making sense. Brad was so unnecessarily cruel, weak and cowardly to Emily prior to her leaving his house. I didn't find that loving at all. Furthermore, the stupidity of not filing for divorce knowing his estranged wife's failings and all he had to lose makes no sense. Add on top of that, why he didn't just explain to Emily what was going on with his estranged wife before Emily left as he did 3 weeks later? And if he was so concerned about custody of his son that he intentionally hurt Emily and allowed Emily to be hurt by his estranged wife before, then why did he go into Emily's house even though he was told emphatically by his lawyer to stay away from her. Furthermore, Emily was looking like a well trodden doormat by this time. Because the tale seemed to be disintegrating into a nonsensical plot, I lost any investment in the characters and no longer cared about the ending. Too many good books, too little time, can't get back the time I have wasted on this so have moved on in some degree of irritation and disgust. Sorry but not willing to take any more chances on this author's books in the future.

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  • Sharon Moore
  • 14-08-18

The Forgotten Chilx

Really goodbook. I nD trouble putting it down. I wanted to know what tricks his wife would pull next!