Friday, October 5, 2012

Book Review: Another Forgotten Child by Cathy Glass

Title: Another Forgotten Child
Author: Cathy Glass
Pub. Date: 09/13/2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: E-book
Pages: 337
ISBN#: 0007486774

Eight-year-old Aimee was on the child protection register at birth. Her school repeatedly reported concerns about her bruises. And her five older half-siblings were taken into care many years ago. So no one can understand why she was left at home to suffer for so long. It seems Aimee was the forgotten child.
The social services are looking for a very experienced foster carer to look after Aimee and, when she reads the referral, Cathy understands why. Despite her reservations, Cathy agrees to Aimee on – there is something about her that reminds Cathy of Jodie (the subject of ‘Damaged’ and the most disturbed child Cathy has cared for), and reading the report instantly tugs at her heart strings.
When she arrives, Aimee is angry. And she has every right to be. She has spent the first eight years of her life living with her drug-dependent mother in a flat that the social worker described as ‘not fit for human habitation’. Aimee is so grateful as she snuggles into her bed at Cathy’s house on the first night that it brings Cathy to tears.
Aimee’s aggressive mother is constantly causing trouble at contact, and makes sweeping allegations against Cathy and her family in front of her daughter as well. It is a trying time for Cathy, and it makes it difficult for Aimee to settle. But as Aimee begins to trust Cathy, she starts to open up. And the more Cathy learns about Aimee’s life before she came into care, the more horrified she becomes.
It’s clear that Aimee should have been rescued much sooner and as her journey seems to be coming to a happy end, Cathy can’t help but reflect on all the other ‘forgotten children’ that are still suffering…

My Review: 
Have you ever felt left out, forgotten, alone? I am from a middle size family. A broken home, three siblings growing up but I always knew I was loved. Reading this book made me love my memories of growing up. Made me Thank the Good Lord Above on how I was raised.

Author Cathy Glass has written a story here that has made me want to round up all the children in the whole world and give them the kind of home I was raised in. To make sure that every child in the world knew that they are truly loved. Oh My God!!! I really hated to love this book. Such raw emotions. 

Aimee should have been taken away from what she was being subjected to when all the other Older siblings were taken. Why wasn't she? That was my question through the whole book.

"Damaged"... "Forgotten"... Oh there are so many things I could say about this book. I am not going to due to the fact that it is fairly new on the market. I do not want to give any thing away. It is only out right now on e-book, but I do believe this is one that I will want as an actual book on my shelf. One that will remind me that the grass to some is greener on the other side.

So due to the above I am giving this book a Breath of Life Rating of:

Five Clock Rating!!!

Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my review. The opinions are mine. And your opinion may differ. 


About the Author: 
Cathy Glass is a bestselling British author, freelance writer and foster carer.
Her work is strongly identified with both the True Life Stories and Inspirational Memoirs genres, and she has also written a parenting guide to bringing up children, Happy Kids, and a novel, The Girl in the Mirror, based on a true story.
Glass has worked as a foster career for more than 20 years, during which time she has fostered more than 50 children. Her fostering memoirs tell the stories of some of the children who came in to her care, many of whom had suffered abuse.
The first title, Damaged, was number 1 in the Sunday Times bestsellers charts in hardback and paperback. Her next three titles, Hidden, Cut and The Saddest Girl in the World, were similarly successful, all reaching the bestseller charts.
The name "Cathy Glass" is a pseudonym. The author writes under a nom de plume due to the sensitive nature of her source material. The names of the children she writes about are likewise altered.


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