Book review-battered, broken, healed by Maggie Hartley

Just finished another amazing fostering memoir by Maggie Hartley. I have to say I couldnt put it down. The book was so addictive, a page turner from beginning to end.
The book summary is below…

When six-week-old Jasmine is placed with foster carer Maggie Hartley, Maggie is delighted to have a baby in the house again. Jasmine has been taken into care over fears for her safety after the police are called to the family’s home several times following her birth. Her mother, Hailey, vehemently denies that anything is wrong, however, and social services allow her to have daily supervised visits with Jasmine.

Baby Jasmine is a joy to be around, but Maggie suspects that all is not quite as it seems with her mum. Maggie struggles to draw timid and extremely quiet Hailey out of her shell and fears that she may be suffering with postnatal depression.

Then one day Hailey arrives for the contact session with her hair streaked with blood and her body covered in bruises. Breaking down, a terrified Hailey admits that she is being abused by her violent husband and is too afraid to leave him.

Maggie realises that the only way mother and daughter will be reunited is if Hailey admits what’s going on behind closed doors and leaves her husband. But after years of physical and psychological abuse, that’s easier said than done….

Like i said this book is an incredible read. You wont be disappointed if you pick it up. Its available in paperback, in audio from audible and on kindle.

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My friend

So my friend norma visited me tonight. She only stayed for an hour but it was nice to see her. She wanted me to put a new book on her phone for her. I gave her a Rosie Lewis book, called broken. Rosie Lewis is a UK foster parent writing about her foster kids. Her books are really good. Me and my friend spent the hour she was here chatting. She caught me up on all of her news. I’ll be seeing her again on Tuesday though as I’m doing a training session with her on how to use her I phone on tuesday evening. The taxi was delayed dropping her off to my house, they couldnt find where she was living. Funny that as she always uses that company. They knew where I lived though, so thankfully I didnt have to give them directions asI am no good at doing that.

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My current book

i must say i am really enjoying the book i am currently reading.

its a new maggie hartley foster care memoir. its really great!

its called battered, broken healed, and is about a 4 month old baby that is taken into care, not sure yet what is the reasons other than failure to thrive, as i am only on chapter 7 of the book, but its really good!

a page turner for sure! off to read some more now!

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Book review: Too young to be a mum by Maggie Hartley

I just finished an amazing foster care memoir. It was called too young to be a mum and is written by UK foster parent Maggie hartley.

The book description is below.

Fifteen-year-old Jess arrives at the home of foster mother Maggie Hartley straight from the hospital where she’s given birth to her son, Jimmy. Scared and alone, Jess is like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Unable to live with her own mother, a prostitute, and removed from the home of her childhood sweetheart, Darren, Jess is overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for a newborn whilst still little more than a child herself.

Maggie knows that Jess is desperate to reunite with Darren and to be a good mum to their son. Can Maggie help Jess keep her baby, and will the family ever be able to live together again?

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This book is a fantastic read. I highly recommend it. There are lots of twists and turns, and its definitely a page turner.

I laughed, and I cried during this book.

You wont be disappointed, I can promise you that. If you’ve never read a foster care memoir this one by Maggie hartley is really excellent.

You can get this book from audible, on kindle, or in paperback from all good book stores.

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My current book

I’m almost done reading my latest book. Its a Maggie Hartley book.

Maggie Hartley, for those who dont know, is a UK based foster parent, who writes about her experiences of fostering.

Her books are really good. I get them from audible. They are also available on kindle and in paperback from all good bookstores.

The one I am reading is called too young to be a mum. Its really good.

On audible she has 5 books out so far, with two more coming later in the year. I think there are a few more available in paperback though.

I should finish the current one that I am reading tonight or tomorrow morning, then I’ll review it.
carol anne

Book review:A long way from home by Cathy glass

So I just finished the book a long way from home by Cathy Glass. A wonderful read. Different from most of her other foster care memoirs, this is Annas story. A story about a little girl adopted from an orphanage who came into foster care after being diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder and when her behaviour became unmanageable for her parents.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a poignant read. Deeply moving, very sad in places, but also full of hope.
The summary for the book follows.

The true story of two-year-old Anna, abandoned by her natural parents, left alone in a neglected orphanage.

Elaine and Ian had travelled halfway round the world to adopt little Anna. She couldn’t have been more wanted, loved and cherished. So why was she now in foster care and living with me? It didn’t make sense.

Until I learned what had happened…

Dressed only in nappies and ragged T-shirts, the children were incarcerated in their cots. Their large eyes stared out blankly from emaciated faces. Some were obviously disabled, others not, but all were badly undernourished. Flies circled around the broken ceiling fans and buzzed against the grids covering the windows. The only toys were a few balls and a handful of building bricks, but no child played with them. The silence was deafening and unnatural. Not one of the 30 or so infants cried, let alone spoke.

This book can be gotten from audible, its also available on kindle. and in paperback. It is Cathy glass’s latest foster care memoir.

Cant sleep…

so its 11:30. And I cant sleep. sigh. I knew this was going to happen.
I didnt even nap today. I was up at 8 this morning actually.
Why is it I can only get one or two nights of good sleep. I so wish I didnt struggle so much with sleep. It makes life very difficult.
I think I’ll go read for a while. I have 2 hours left of my audio book a long way from home, by cathy glass. Its a good read if your interested I highly recommend her books.
carol anne