When Cathy receives a call about a terminally ill widower terrified of leaving his son all alone in the world, she is wracked with sadness and indecision. Can she risk exposing her own young children to a little boy on the brink of bereavement?
Eight-year-old Michael is part of a family of two, but with his beloved father given only months to live and his mother having died when he was a toddler, he could soon become an orphan. Will Cathy's own young family be able to handle a child in mourning?
To Cathy's surprise, her children insist that this boy deserves to be as happy as they are, prompting Cathy to welcome Michael into her home. A cheerful and carefree new member of the family, Michael devotedly prays every night, believing that when the time is right, angels will come and take his Daddy to be with his Mummy in heaven.
However, incredibly, in the weeks that pass, the bond between Cathy's family, Michael and his kind and loving father, Patrick, grows. Even more promising, Patrick is looking healthier than he's done in weeks.
But just as they are settling into a routine of blissful normality, an unexpected and disastrous event shatters the happy group, shaking Cathy to the core. Cathy can only hope that her family and Michael's admirable faith will keep him strong enough to rebuild his life.
©2015 Cathy Glass (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A moving read that Cathy Glass fans will devour." (The Sun)
"Cannot fail to move those who read it." (Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." (The Mirror)
"A truly harrowing read that made me cry." (The Sun)
"A true tale of hope." (OK!)
This is my second book of Cathy Glass that I have read, like the first one I couldn't put it down. Cathy pulls you in so that you become part of the story, I felt every emotion, sad, happy. I was so happy that this story about fostering was not because, of physical or mental abuse and had a happy ending. Would I recommend this book? I just did.
As usual Cathy Glass' book is one that reaches out to you. Only this one is a bit different than her other books I read, as most readers have probably lost someone to cancer or known someone who has. The fallout of these losses is never easy only there is a young boy who is about to lose his parent. Both Cathy and her family are impacted by the loss as well.
I'm a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer who works with children in foster care or transitioning back home after foster care. I would suggest all CASA's read this book as it brings up things I've not thought of if I ever get a child in the same situation.
As an American, I've had to get used to some different vocabulary words and generally look up between 5 to 10 words that I can guess the meaning from context but I just wanted to make sure I was correct. I listen to many of the books and the person reading them does and excellent job! In listening to them it also brings a bit of England into my home.
Another great book. I have now read all of Cathy Glass' books and am looking forward to the one coming out in September. This story is slightly different from the others in that the little boy she fosters doesn't have the many emotional and behavior issues but this story is equally moving and touching.b I typically read he Audible versions so that I can clean and now and drive while listening.
Beautiful, it takes quite a lot to make a grown man cry. This did do!
Not good with words so do not write reviews five stars is worth a read
amazing fabulous brilliant author love her narrator was east to listen to brilliantly read deffo five stars
"couldn't put it down"
Had me gripped from the beggining to the end.
Heart wrenching at times.. Overall a brilliant book.
"Get the tissues ready."
This is such a wonderfully written, heart wrenching story that filled me with so much emotion. Happiness and sadness. Joy and sorrow. I will definitely be listening to this one again. More prepared next time for an emotional roller coaster!
"Couldnt put it down."
Loved it. Thought the subject was very tastefully written. I connected with the characters. Touching story.
"very heart renchinin warm compassionate "
Very heart renchinin, warm, compassionate a good read .
hard to put down .
Cathy always makes you realise how lucky you are
"An emotive but heart warming story. an"
Another lovely story by Catchy. Well written and narrated. I look forward to the next one.
"Worthwhile learning experience"
Yes. I have learned a lot about handling emotions, healthy detachment, good communication and lots of other things
Yes. When Mrs Fairman imitates men it is somewhat strange for me and artificial but other than that it is fine.
Yes, although half way through after an event in the book I felt too heavy and I had to put it away and then went back to it and listened in one go.
I liked the experience of Mrs Glass and the way she dealt with detachment. I am pretty co-dependant person and I suffer a lot when somebody says "no". I feel often a rejection and the experience of Mrs Glass helps me a lot in learning detachment with love - which I find difficult at present.
"I loved this book."
another very good and moving book by Cathy Glass. this is a sad and moving story. I really enjoyed this book I love this narrator.
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