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Jackson is aggressive, confrontational and often volatile. His mother, Kayla, is crippled with grief after tragically losing her husband and eldest son. 

Struggling to cope, she puts Jackson into foster care. Cathy, his carer, encourages Jackson to talk about what has happened to his family, but he just won’t engage. His actions continue to test and worry everyone. 

Then, in a dramatic turn of events, the true reason for Jackson’s behaviour comes to light....

©2020 Cathy Glass (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Excellent book, wonderfully narrated

As always Cathy Glass doesn’t disappoint. This book had me tears, both happy and sad, and sucked me right into their world. Danika Fairman is the perfect narrator for these books. I can’t wait for Cathy’s next book.

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Wonderful as always

Another amazing book by Cathy Glass. I have yet to find a fostering story of hers I haven’t liked.
Danica Fairman is by far my most favorite narrator out of all the books I’ve listened too...and I have listened to MANY!

Cathy often talks about her home in her books. It might be kind of strange of me but I often think about what her house looks like. Although she describes her surroundings well, “kitchen come diner” or “landing outside the bedrooms” I wish we could see a layout of her home.

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Never a disappointment.

I have read/ listened to all of Cathy's bills and they are never a disappointment (unless you count the disappointed feeling when you're done). You really feel like you know her, her family, and the kids. Coming from a family that has done foster care for years I can say that these stories are so real and so touching. I don't think people realize how much of a difference a good Foster carer makes even if it's a short stay. Cathy shows that with every single book. So much love!!

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Boring

Just mundane, day to day activities and no real exciting or suspenseful plot. It was a sad story, but it just wasn’t exciting. I kept listening waiting for it to get better, but it never did.

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Wonderful as usual.

I grab every single book by Cathy Glass. Coming from a dysfunctional set of parents, I always find comfort in her kind, caring demeanor. Denica narrates so wonderfully with her soothing voice.
My sincerest condolences to Cathy on her loss.

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Narrator interpreted firmness as yelling :(

The story was the continuation and completion of Tilly’s story (begun in the previous book), and the story of a new child, Jackson. It had some happy moments, some wonderful ones, a particularly sad one, but it felt different than any of her others. While the foster children played a big part, I felt like they were a little less of the focus than usual. This book felt very core-family oriented with Paula, Lucy and her partner, Adrian and his partner, Cathy, and her mother all playing larger parts.

Cathy is always firm with the kids she fosters, but I’ve never enjoyed how the narrator reads “firm” as “yelling”. This book has more than the usual amount of Cathy being firm, and the narrator’s voicing of her makes her sound really horrible and out of control. If this was the only Glass book you’d read, you would come away thinking she was inappropriate person to foster abused kids!
When I read this again I will use text-to-speech.

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Great Book

I loved this and all of this author's books. For her to share her mother's passing made me feel more connected to her and her family. All her memoirs are very heart-warming.

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Remarkable skills

Cathy is a Miracle worker especially her observation and listening skills. Along with the love she gives the children she has the ability of getting to the heart issues.

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Cathy Glass does it again!

I’m heartbroken by the ending but the rest of the story is so intriguing, as usual. I’ve read nearly all of her books at this point and I’ve never been disappointed. My only negative is that I can frequently hear the narrator swallowing hard and, as someone who suffers with Misophonia, it’s incredibly distracting.

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Wonderful

I have read all the books written by Cathy Glass and this is my favorite one. It’s a tear jerker for sure!

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  • 07-20-21

Amazing true life story

Real life but very sad, wonderful Foster carer with such a positive, caring attitude any child in the care system would be lucky to live with Cathy Glass. Please keep writing, looking forward to the next book.

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  • Amanda
  • 05-19-22

Another lovely story

I loved each book ive had, its actually sad that Cathy's mum passes away but she was surrounded by her beautiful family and was very happy with the previous few days of excitement and happiness so it was sad but nice at the same time,
my thoughts are with you Cathy & Family, take care you all lots of love Amanda

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  • Fred
  • 04-04-22

Fantastic

I love Cathy's books. She is a amazing writer.
This isn't the first book of hers I have listened to and I'm sure it won't be the last.
They are also fantasticly read by the speaker.

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  • Jade Tilley
  • 02-12-22

recommended

I love Cathy's books and Denica Fairman does a great job reading them. recommended!

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  • angel
  • 12-06-21

Superb

Absolutely brilliantly wrote again Cathy Glass Such talent you have. Looking forward to the next one as always.

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  • Em ma
  • 11-26-21

fab as always

another fab listen! the heartbreaking losses not just for jackson but cathy too touched my heart😢


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  • Lynn meldrum
  • 11-23-21

Another fantastic read

As usua cathy glass tells her story with such heartfelt words. The story is Jackson is so sad but he is so lucky to have been placed with cathy and her family. And what I loved about this book is that his teacher plays a big part in helping him. Not enough credit goes to these people on childrens loves. They not only teach but they can also be such a massive help.

Cathy you really are an outstanding woman and your family are incredible. Can’t wait for you next book.

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  • Matthew Logan
  • 10-19-21

Yet another amazing book by Cathy Glass

amazing book, a lot of moments where your heart is in your mouth and very well read.

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  • Damian
  • 09-24-21

Tissues are needed

This book is far the best and amazing, very sad to, I have cried many times listening to this story. Especially the ending got me going

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  • 801
  • 07-17-21

Heart breaking

Get the tissues ready for this tear jerker 😭 absolutely heartbreaking, even more so because its a true story

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  • Sarah
  • 01-13-22

condolences

what a sad ending to hear of Mums passing! I am so sorry for your and your family's loss Cathy, your mother will forever live on in your books and of course your hearts. I personally felt her passing through your books as though she was my grandmother.

as always another great story with a bitter sweet ending

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  • 03-28-21

great book

i love cathy glass books I can't wait for the next one great story love follow her family to