Book review: Innocent by cathy Glass

I just finished the latest Cathy Glass book a few days ago. It was a great read like all of her books are. I do have to say though that I knew what the problem with the mother was right from the get go. It wasnt hard to spot what was going on. Maybe it would be to someone who didnt know a lot about mental illness or psychology, but I knew right away what the issue was with her.
The book centres around two siblings, molly age 3, and kit aged 18 months. they were taken into care due to Kits non accidental injuries. He had a broken arm and bruising to his face.
While in care, the kids are sick a lot. They keep having symptoms like vomiting, rashes, breathing difficulties etc. Normally it happens after contact with their parents. It turns out the mother is making them ill. She has munchausens bi proxy.
It is only after Cathys own daughter Lucy becomes ill that Cathy figures out that the food from contact is contaminated, but she doesnt guess its the mother doing it, she thinks the food is being stored incorrectly at home.
When she finds out the real cause of the childrens mysterious illnesses, she is shocked. I wont spoil the ending, but I will say, I did not like how the book ended. Its true to life though, and I guess the ending was how things happened, and cathy is reporting it exactly how things unfolded.
Overall I enjoyed the book. And I think anyone who reads it will too. I read it in a matter of days. Its a real page turner.
It also highlights the mental illness munchausin bi proxy. That illness isnt very well known. I thought it was good that it gets some attention as this sort of thing does happen far too often and its hard to pinpoint or diagnose.
I rate the book five stars! Its available on amazon, and in paperback from all good book stores, and on kindle and on audible as an audio book also.

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Book review: Please dont take my sisters, by Maggie Hartley

I finished this book a few days ago. It was a great read, but a very very sad read.

I think this was one of the saddest foster care memoirs I’ve ever read.

The book is about 3 siblings, amelee, lexi and Leo. They come into care on an emergency placement. Lexi is 3, Amelee is 5 and Leo is 13.

The little girls do well in foster care, but Leo has tons of issues. He’s been looking after his sisters at home, caring for them, while his mother is drinking a lot, and pretty much out of it the whole time.

Due to this, he has a lot of anxiety, he has OCD tendencies, and an eating disorder. It comes to light too later in the story that he self harms.

I wont ruin the book, but the ending of it isnt really a happy one. You wont be able to stop reading though once you start, you’ll just want to find out what happens to these 3 children.

Basically the story is whether the 2 little girls should be adopted, without their big brother, or whether the children should all stay together. As I said, I wont spoil the ending for you…do read it to find out, you wont be disappointed.

The book is available on kindle, in paperback, and in audio from audible.

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I am rereading now

I am rereading a book I read a few years ago at the moment. Its a cathy glass book. Its called will you love me and its about how she came to adopt her daughter Lucy, whom she fostered before adopting her.
Its a really good read. I am enjoying it immensely.
Its very very sad though. Lucys early life was very traumatic. Before she came into care I mean.
I wanted to reread this book as I couldn’t remember a lot of the details.
I’ll review it once I am done. Have any of you my readers read it?

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.

Something that irritates me

So I read audiobooks a lot. When I read audio books, if the reader is bad, then I cant get into the book. Does anyone else read audiobooks? Do you find if you have a reader whose annoying, that you just dont want to finish the book?
Right now I am reading a dark secret, which is Casey watsons newest book, she’s a foster parent who writes about her foster kids. The reader of her books is Kate Locke, and she’s awful. She’s screechy, does terrible voices for the characters, is very slow at reading, and I just cant stand her.
It makes it so hard to get through the book. I started it a week ago, and normally I’d fly through these sort of books, but I am really really struggling to read it. I am only on chapter 8. I will probably finish it, but it might take me a while to do it.

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Book review: Daddys little soldier, by maggie hartley

Can foster carer Maggie Hartley reunite a vulnerable little boy grieving for his mummy with his ex-military father?

This is an amazing read. I would highly recommend it.

The story has many twists and turns, ups and downs, highs and lows.

I give it a 5 star rating!

Its a fantastic book and you wont be disappointed!

Maggie Hartley has done it once again! She takes the reader into her world, the world of being a foster parent to a traumatised child.

I enjoyed this book very much!

If you want to read it its available either as an Ebook, or an audio book. Both available on amazon and audible.

Also in all good book shops, as a paperback.

Once you start reading, you’ll be hooked, and unable to put it down!