My new read

I’ve started a new book tonight. Its called tiny prisoners and it is by Maggie Hartley. Its a good read so far. I’ve only read two chapters of it but so far I like it.

Maggie Hartley is a UK foster parent who writes about her experiences of fostering kids. All of her books are awesome. This is her very first book, but I never read it, I’ve read all of her other ones though.

I am taking a break from reading for a while to come and read some blog posts. Its almost 5 AM now. I havent slept at all. I have the radio on and am enjoying the early morning. The house is all quiet, except for nitro pottering around following me from one place to the other.


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Book review:A dark secret, by Casey Watson

Summary

Just when Casey thinks her foster care duties are done, she’s asked to look after Sam, a troubled nine-year-old with a violent streak who drove his previous guardians to release him of their care. It soon unfolds, however, that this is no simple case.

Determined to get to the root of Sam’s behaviour, Casey is committed to uncover his mysterious past only to find out something far darker than she ever imagined….

Having recently said good-bye to their last foster child, Miller, the Watson family are taking a bit of a break. But it’s while Casey is having fun catching up with her friends that she receives a call from her new link worker. Social services are desperately trying to find a settled home for nine-year-old Sam, who has autism and some serious behavioural problems.

Removed from his mother less than a week ago, Sam has been staying with respite carers. But with two young children of their own, they now find themselves unable to hold on to the little boy as he is bullying them relentlessly. It’s not an isolated situation, either. Apparently Sam’s own siblings begged not to be placed with their older brother – they were both adamant that they were too afraid of him.

The Watsons agree to accommodate Sam, who, despite his tiny stature, turns out to be quite the whirlwind – destroying anything and everything in his path. In addition to the outward behaviours, it quickly becomes evident that there is a much darker past that has blighted the boy’s life. As Casey tries to get to the bottom of it, she discovers there are no files on Sam, only the testament of his previous neighbour. Thankfully, Mrs Gallagher is only too happy to help. And to talk. But it soon transpires that there is a great deal more to Sam’s secret history….

*****
My review…

This was a great read. I got it from audible. Its also available in paperback and on kindle. I didn’t like the reader of the book, but I did enjoy the book.

It was a page turner. The story moved along at a nice pace. It kept me interested all the way through.

While I prefer other foster care authors, I did like this story. I just don’t like caseys writing style all that much, but sams story was good, and had a happy ending which was nice to see.

I would recommend this book if you like fostering memoirs or stories about children who’ve overcome the odds.

You wont be disappointed. Its definitely worth a read.