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!

Is anyone else having trouble sleeping?

Or is it just me?

I woke up early, like 4 AM early. I had a fitful sleep and tossed and turned all night.

I decided to just get up. Made some bacon and had breakfast, now having a cup of coffee and trying to start my day.

I have a bit of a migraine. Im sure coffee wont help it. But oh well. Maybe its just a bad headache and not a migraine.

Did anyone else have trouble sleeping last night?

My thoughts were racing. I couldn’t settle down no matter what I tried.

I finished my current book, daddys little soldier by Maggie Hartley. It was a great read. I’ll do a review of it later on today.

Book review: Groomed, by Casey watson

I just finished reading the book groomed by UK foster parent casey Watson.

It was a brilliant read!

Below find a summary of the book followed by my own thoughts on it!

Summary

It’s late on Friday night when Casey’s mobile starts to ring. She is expecting it to be her daughter, Riley. But it isn’t Riley. It’s a woman from the Emergency Duty Team. So begins Casey and Mike’s latest fostering challenge – a 15-year-old girl called Keeley who’s run away from her long-term foster home 25 miles away.

The Jonathan Ross Show has just started when Casey gets the call. She thinks it will be Riley – telling her that her favourite actor is going to be on TV. But it’s something far more urgent: a 15-year-old girl who has run away from her foster family and accused her foster father of sexual abuse. The family deny it vehemently, but such an allegation can never be taken lightly, so a new home must be found for Keeley.

Keeley is polite, but she’s sharp, and she has all the hallmarks of a child who has been in the system a long time and knows how to play it. Whether the allegation is true or not, Casey knows there will be no winners here. If it is true, then a young girl’s life has been torn asunder. If not, then the heartache for the family will be surpassed only by the bleak outlook for Keeley.

In the short term, it’s a case of providing a safe, supportive home for a vulnerable child. But with the dangerous world of the internet at her disposal, it seems this strong-minded youngster has her own ideas of where that safe place should be….

My review…

This is a really gripping read! I kept wanting to read more! I didn’t like the reader, the reader of these books is annoying, and irritates me, so it took me longer to read this book than it would normally take me. I did like the overall story though. Once I got into it I thought that it was amazing and would highly recommend it!

I do prefer the other fostering memoirs written by Maggie Hartley and cathy glass to Casey Watson, I don’t like her parenting style as much and I think she uses fancy words in her books where there really doesn’t need to be any, but I’d still read it, and would still recommend it to readers!

If you want to read this book its available in paperback, on kindle, and from audible in the UK and in the USA!

A 5 star book!

A Med update!

I am writing a mini update on our med situation. I did ok with taking our night meds last night and tonight. I forgot the morning ones today though. I meant to take them, I actually thought about doing it but then I got distracted and I forgot to actually go take them. I’m happy I remembered the night ones for two nights running though. I take most of my meds at night. In the morning I only take keppra for my epilepsy and metformin for well I dont know why I am even taking it as my diabetes has been reversed, but my GP wanted to keep me on it anyway. Wondering why he made that choice! He said something about PCOS and how metformin stops the symptoms of that, but well, thats irrelavant as I dont have my ovaries any more! I got them removed 5 years ago! So I really dont know why I am taking it! Anyway. I take prazosin at night, and epilem and keppra, and sometimes fenergan if I cant sleep. If I can remember to take them at night, thats half the battle and I will be very happy. I did do one thing that one of my readers suggested and that was to ask my mom to call me when I am at home in my own house, and give me a gentel reminder to take them. She said she had no issue with doing that for me. So thats good. I’m happy she’ll do that for me. Other than that, I am also going to download the talking alarm clock app and try it out and I will also set my alexa for when I am at home, to remind me to take them. Thanks to all my readers for all of the really great tips. I appreciate all of you very much. I really should go to bed now but I probably wont go for a little while yet. I want to read my book for a while first. I started the new maggie hartley book daddys little soldier! I love it! I’m only on chapter 3 but its really good! A review of it will come once I am done with it!

Book review: Finding stevie, a dark secret, a child in crisis

This is a book by author Cathy glass. Cathy glass is a Uk foster parent. She writes about her foster kids and her experience of fostering them.

Summary

Finding Stevie is a dark and poignant true story that highlights the dangers lurking on online.

When Stevies social worker tells Cathy, an experienced foster carer, that Stevie, 14, is gender fluid she isnt sure what that term means and looks it up.

Stevie, together with his younger brother and sister, have been brought up by their grandparents, as their mother is in prison. But the grandparents can no longer cope with Stevies behaviour, so they place him in care.

Stevie is exploring his gender identity, and like many young people he spends time online. Cathy warns him about the dangers of talking to strangers online and advises him how to stay safe. When his younger siblings tell their grandmother that they have a secret they cant tell, Cathy is worried. However, nothing could have prepared her for the truth when Stevie finally breaks down and confesses what hes done.

My thoughts?

This book was fantastic! I cant say enough about it! I highly recommend it! Actually I highly recommend any of Cathys books. She’s a fantastic writer!
You wont be able to put this one down! I read it in two days!
Gripping, poignant, there are many twists and turns!
Its a fabulous read! With a happy ending!

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Book review: Denied a mummy by maggie hartley

Just finished an amazing book, denied a mummy by Maggie Hartley.

Here’s the summary of the book, and my thoughts are below.

When Maggie’s latest placement arrives on her doorstep, the three young siblings have clearly been through unspeakable traumas in their short lives. Violent, malnourished and showing signs of sexualised behaviour, the two brothers and their big sister have been left to fend for themselves by their drug-addicted parents. Maggie must use all of her skills and experience as a foster carer to help these damaged siblings to learn to be children again. With much love, care and patience, their behaviour gradually starts to improve, and social services start looking for a forever family for them.

But alarm bells start to ring when Maggie meets the couple who have been matched to adopt the siblings. It is clear that they’re looking for the perfect ready-made family, and they’re not going to get it with these vulnerable brothers and sister. Despite raising her concerns with social services, Maggie is powerless to prevent the adoption from going ahead, and she must put aside her own fears to help the siblings settle in with their new parents. But she can’t shake the feeling of dread as she waves them good-bye.

Six months later, Maggie’s worst nightmares come true when she learns that the children have been handed back to the care of social services following the breakdown of the adoption. Maggie must fight to get the children returned to her, but is it too late to undo the damage that has been done?

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My thoughts…

An absolutely fabulous read. Gripping, a page turner. This book you wont be able to put it down! It was heartbreaking in parts, uplifting in parts, an overall great read! You cheer as the children progress, you cry with them, laugh with them, I highly recommend you read this one! It will not disappoint!
Its available on audible, kindle and in paperback.