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A Family Torn Apart: Three sisters and a dark secret that threatens to separate them for ever

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Yes, I appreciate some people are new to her books but most are not and we don't need to read it in every book. I didn’t feel it was one of Cathy’s best books to be honest, and it didn’t seem like the same person had written it! I also worked closely with the police on abuse cases and understand why social workers cannot share all the information discovered during the assessment process.

That is absolutely horrifying and the mother in this book did not deserve to get her youngest children back after abandoning her oldest. This memoir toys with the readers emotions as they try to find the truth within this family's chaos. Each book I’ve read has left me with the lingering reminder that the primary issue addressed is incredibly widespread. I have been a foster carer for over twenty-five years and am what's known as a specialist foster carer, sometimes referred to as a level 3 carer.The discussion Q's seemed slightly insensitive, as of course children's allegations should be taken serious. Their older half-sister Ashleigh has accused their father of something horrible, and the two young sisters have been removed from home to keep them safe.

If Cathy were not as good at her job as she is i dread to think how this story could have turned out. Cathy is very diplomatic in the way that she discusses and interacts with the families of the children she looks after, a characteristic which shines brightly throughout this particular story. The drama is a focus point towards the end and I wanted more time with the girls as they neared the end of their stay with Cathy - the story moved towards the adults. Sometimes you need to look through her matter of fact sentences to find emotional meaning and inferences, e. They loved their mummy and daddy and seemed to have been well cared for, but their older half-sister Ashleigh, had accused their father of raping her.As described, the English foster system sounds much more bureaucratic, and much more concerned with childrens’ well-being than is California’s. a lot of people complained about the covid references- personally i didn’t mind them and i found that they were relevant to the setting. 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.

Cathy's casual writing style allows the reader to feel as if they are sitting across from her listening to her tell the story. Way too much detail and the whole time you’re wanting to get to the end to find out the truth but mainly just to get it over with. nevertheless, i appreciated her writing style and insights into fostering as usual and it was nice to see that the children were indeed not victims. Cathy has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 100 children, of all ages and backgrounds.Glass has worked as a foster career for more than 20 years, during which time she has fostered more than 50 children. The girls appear to have been well looked after, but as they settle and start to talk of life at home, it becomes clear something is badly wrong. Another great book by this author, this was a really hard book to read given the truth of the story. She always explains unfamiliar fostering jargon, procedures, and processes in easily digestible terms to eliminate any disconnect or confusion.

But since I already had the book I thought I’d give it a shot, and to my surprise it was readable, realistic and interesting.This book in particular was hard to read due to the subject matter, and the intense distress it clearly caused to all family members involved. I would highly recommend this book and all of Cathy's books to anyone who is interested in fostering or social work, those who enjoy memoirs, or those just looking for something interesting. I also hope it doesn���t spark any readers to doubt allegations a child makes because there is a lack of evidence.

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