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I first read one of Cathy Glass's books last year while training to become a foster carer, her books were recommended as an insight into why some of the children come into the care system.
I do not read alot of books but Cathy's books are so easy to read its like chatting to an old friend her writing style is almost diary like and easy to follow, her explanation of the technical terms used within social work were of great help to myself for example LAC which stands for looked after children.
I have found every one of her books heart breaking for different reasons most of the books describe in detail the abuse unfortunately suffered by many children which will most definately bring a tear to your eye.
I read this book in just two days (which is very quick for me) as I was desperate to get to the ending to ensure the mother and child would be reunited or the at the very least that the child would be found a new family to love and care for him.
This book gives the reader an insight into cultural differences within the UK and how we often prejudge before knowing the facts which I have to admit I did within the first few pages assuming the mother gave up her new born baby due to lifestyle issues as is often the unfortunate case today. The story is of a new born baby boy who is given up by his unmarried mother due to fears for his safety, it quickly becomes clear this is an unusual case and the mother loves her child dearly as Cathy collects him from the hospital she is given a suitcase full of clothing and toys which his mother had arranged for his first year of life - very sad and unusual as children usually come into care with the clothes on their backs. . Unbelievably the mother is able to continue in her life and career as a doctor and gives birth without any one suspecting her pregnancy. She soon realises after the birth a mothers natural love for her child is too strong and cannot be ignored for long. Although declining contact with her baby she is ever watchful of Cathy and her family in the hope of a quick glimpse of her son to ensure he is well cared for. Sadly she cannot see any other possible way to keep him safe than to have him adopted but on one late night visit and with Cathy's kind words and warm heart they figure out how to reunite this mother and child with truth and determination.
As a mother myself I cannot imagine the strength and pain this woman must have endured to be so brave is unbelievable. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who is or thinking about becoming a foster carer.
Please remember to go onto Cathy Glass website to get an update on all of the children from the books very reassuring after such horrific tales.