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Publisher's Summary

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Withdrawn, refusing to eat and three years behind in her schooling, it is thought that the damage Lucy has suffered is irreversible.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.

©2013 Cathy Glass (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Reviews for Damaged:
“Cannot fail to move those who read it.” ( Adoption-net)
“Heartbreaking.” ( Mirror)
“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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Heart warming, page turner

Cathy's books have all become big favorites of mine but I like the heart warming nature of this one especially. She goes way back to cover all of the beginning of her daughter's life and I found this thorough and enjoyable.

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  • Mary
  • United States
  • 05-22-15

Cathy Glass' true love.

If you want to have an example of the definition of unconditional and selfless love this is perfect.

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Absolutely a wonderful heartfelt read

what a heartbreaking yet beautiful family story, could not stop listening and would recommend it to everyone I know

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Great Story Line

This is a great story line and glad Lucy found a forever home where she will be highly loved

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Touching

Would you consider the audio edition of Will You Love Me? to be better than the print version?

Yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cathy Glass

Which character – as performed by Denica Fairman – was your favorite?

Cathy Glass for her love and compassion for foster children

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

All should watch this

Any additional comments?

All should read this book. The need for caregivers for foster children throughout the world is great. I found it interesting how similar the procedures were for foster children in England was with those in America yet so different. It seemed that much was done without having to go to court and kept in with there version of CYFD and not with the courts until the very end. of the process. I also found it sad how a child's biracial side for which they truly had no connection with would get in the way of a loving home. At what person do children become English, African or American- whatever country they are from, rather than a mixed race person?

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  • 12-01-14

I think we all loved Lucy by the end of the book

What made the experience of listening to Will You Love Me? the most enjoyable?

The truth behind the system, one I've had dealings with from many angles in my life.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Have you listened to any of Denica Fairman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've only listen to Denica narrating other Cathy Glass books, but she captivates me and keeps a human element to the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, it was too painful to listen to in one go, but I finished it in a weekend.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Jen Parker
  • 10-14-18

Audio changes the experience

I have read all of Cathy’s books. I recently tried Audio version while at work. Audio brings the books to live in a different way.

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  • coot
  • 10-13-18

Will You Love Me?

Such a heart rendering story. Your just hanging their hoping for a the best. So we'll writen.

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  • 09-05-18

zing

I loved it, I enjoyed reading song with the audio too. Cathy is such an amazing lady and I love all of her books

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  • Joanne Robertson
  • 07-28-18

Excellent story of a child in care

This was truly an eye opening story of how social services can let a child down. It's truly inspiring to read how Lucy's life was turned around after being moved to Cathy's house. The ups and downs throughout the story show just how much Lucy and Cathy gained each others trust and love. Such a great ending.

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  • Zoe
  • 03-27-18

Excellent book

loved this book, easy to follow and true to life, very well written, I'll be down loading another of Cathy Glass audio books

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  • Netty
  • 01-27-18

Another great story

Loved this story and glad that bad things can turn good. Loved listening to this book.

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  • RRF
  • 01-25-18

profoundly disturbing but worth it

Helped me to have a better understanding of some much loved friends. Very useful although also incredibly painful. But ultimately an optimistic book, so good, even though upsetting.

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  • Clare Cronin
  • 03-14-17

Another amazing book

Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I highly recommend to everyone. I'm now moving on to my 4th Cathy Glass book :)

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  • Natalie Hibberd
  • 02-28-17

An excellent book marred by a patchy performance

What did you like most about Will You Love Me??

"Will You Love Me?" is one of many Cathy Glass audiobooks I have listened to and enjoyed and I have to say that this is one of the best. The story is particularly moving as Cathy and Lucy become especially close

What did you like best about this story?

SPOILER ALERT: Cathy eventually adopts Lucy, which is lovely and makes this the best and most emotional of her memoirs in my opinion

Which scene did you most enjoy?

SPOILER ALERT: Near the end of the book - when Lucy is at last allowed to become a permanent member of Cathy's family.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both! This is an emotional roller-coaster of a book and not for the faint hearted!

Any additional comments?

The book is excellent but for some reason, the narrator (who is usually excellent) kept veering in and out of a Brummie accent, which she has never used for these characters before and doesn't keep up throughout the book. That said, this should definitely not dissuade anyone from this audiobook.

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  • Lucy Fieldhouse
  • 11-24-16

All 5 stars for every book I've read

cathy glass is my favourite author i have just about finished every book published on kindle or audible. a lady with infinite patience and love that never stops or slows

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-18

a tear jerker

absolutely loved it glad Lucy found a loving family finally great going Cathy and family