The 11th memoir and latest title from the internationally best-selling author and foster carer Cathy Glass. This book tells the true story of Cathy's adopted daughter Lucy.
Lucy was born to a single mother who had been abused and neglected for most of her own childhood. Right from the beginning Lucy's mother couldn't cope, but it wasn't until Lucy reached eight years old that she was finally taken into permanent foster care. By the time Lucy is brought to live with Cathy she is 11 years old and severely distressed after being moved from one foster home to another.
Withdrawn, refusing to eat and three years behind in her schooling, it is thought that the damage Lucy has suffered is irreversible. But Cathy and her two children bond with Lucy quickly, and break through to Lucy in a way no-one else has been able to, finally showing her the loving home she never believed existed. Cathy and Lucy believe they were always destined to be mother and daughter - it just took them a little while to find each other.
Reviews for Damaged:
“Cannot fail to move those who read it.” (Adoption-net)
“A truly harrowing read that made me cry.” (Sun)
“A true tale of hope.” (OK! )
“Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that.” (First magazine)
“A hugely touching and emotional true tale.” (Star magazine)
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I think we all loved Lucy by the end of the book
The truth behind the system, one I've had dealings with from many angles in my life.
The characterisation of each of the individuals involved in the tale, which continue throughout her books. I feel like I've seen Adrian and Paula grow up.
I've only listen to Denica narrating other Cathy Glass books, but she captivates me and keeps a human element to the story.
no, it was too painful to listen to in one go, but I finished it in a weekend.
I first read a Cathy Glass book because I had run out of Torey Hayden's works. I'm a teacher with experience in special needs, mostly thanks to Ms Hayden. I wanted something else that would catch my interest, and these certainly did. I've read four now, and I'm starting to look for someone else, these authors just don't write fast enough to keep up with me!
I've worked with adults who have 'graduated' from the care system, so I've heard some horror stories, it's been nice to hear about some of Cathy's successes.
I know these books aren't for everyone, but if you want your heart-strings tugged but know it's all going to work out in the end, then this is a lovely book to read. Although chronologically it's certainly not the first, it's probably a good first book to choose to meet Cathy's family.
Another amazing book
- Clare Cronin