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Evie and Elliot are scrawny, filthy and wide-eyed with fear when they turn up on foster carer Maggie Hartley's doorstep. Aged just two and three years old, this brother and sister have hardly set foot outside their own home. They have been prisoners, locked in a terrifying world of abuse, violence and neglect.

Maggie soon realises that Evie and Elliot are lacking the basic life skills we all take for granted. The outside world terrifies them; the sound of the doorbell sends them into a panic that takes hours to abate. Gradually unlocking the truth of their heartbreaking upbringing, Maggie tells their shocking true story.

From emotionally scarred and damaged little children, we see how - with warmth and dedication - Maggie transforms their lives. As this moving story unfolds, we share Maggie's joy when these children finally smile again - when they realise they do have a future after all.

©2016 Maggie Hartley (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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Truly Captivating!

As someone once interested in adopting and still very much interested in the well being of children, I found this a very informative read. The children's personalities and struggles were so very real and heartwrenching. As a mother of my own I can relate to the feelings and decisions of Maggie the Foster Mom. This is a must read for anyone looking to adopt or become a foster parent.

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Be prepared to feel every emotion

Written with so much detail, Maggie Hartley’s books suck you into her world, making you love these children as much as she does. Be prepared to rejoice in their victories, and weep for their losses, to feel happy, sad, fear and frustration. Every child should have the opportunity to feel the love and safety that Maggie gives “her” kids.

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This book is recommended to survivors of child neglect growing up. Reading the story of these two siblings helped me to over come being neglected by my own parents growing up.

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Amazing story!

Well written and well read. This book keeps you listening to it and tells a magical story of hope. What happened to the children wad terrible, but they had love and patience and compassion shown and their story is one of joy. Great read!

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such an amazing story.

loved it. can't wait to read others by Hartley. just goes to show, how love and patience does absolute wonders for kids

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Heartwarming and Thoughtful

I really respect foster parents like Maggie. sadly there arent many like her. The story made me sad, then smile

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A MUST read book.

This is such a good story. Job well done, Maggie. I'm glad it had a happy ending.

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A wonderful heartwarming story

What a great story of patience and kindness. Maggie truly changed the lives of these 2 children. This story touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

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*A Story of Healing*

When Maggie Hartley agreed to keep two foster children , Elliott and Evie, she did not know what she had agreed to. It soon became evident that these children were terrified of everything. They had lived a world locked inside their home, mostly unloved and neglected by their parents. They were terrified of even common noises such as a doorbell ringing, and went into meltdown if taken outside. Elliot in particular was damaged, and had no sense of self-worth or the idea that he could be loved. It was a heartbreaking situation. This book is a guide to dealing with such children and is a testament to the power of love.

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good book

loved it will read her others. so glad for people who really care. thank you Maggie for caring.

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  • linda chenapa
  • 06-20-18

What a heart wrenching story

What a heart wrenching story. Make sure you have tissues at the ready. An insight to an otherwise unknown world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-29-18

tiny prisoners<br />

Maggie Hartley's stories are wonderful they make you appreciate what a wonderful job she does

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  • 09-18-18

love the storyline

i found the first couple of chapters hard to get into, but i stuck with it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have had giggles and tears and i am so glad i kept listening

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  • Rachiehads29
  • 08-29-18

Brilliant, happy read

Really enjoyed the book. No need for narrator to put on children's voices though but didn't stop me listening

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  • joanne wilson
  • 03-03-18

Fantastic

All the books I have read or listened to by Maggie Hartley are fantastic. Well Done.

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  • Mr. G H Stowe
  • 01-16-18

Tiny Prisoners

A Beautiful story could not put it down nice to have a possoitive ending .

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  • roz
  • 11-15-17

Good read

Once you get into the book it’s a really good read, so much as I’ve started reading all the books by this author

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  • Dawn Kelly
  • 11-05-17

I really love bed this touched my story.

This story is so touching with such a sad start for the children. Then they have Maggie who deserves a medal for her commitment in giving them the love and nurturing that brings them to find their new parents.