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A Family Torn Apart: Three sisters and a dark secret that threatens to separate them for ever

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It is clear that the assault story was made up as there were multiple witness testimonies of where the father and the daughter both were at the supposed assault time, no physical evidence at all, and at the end the daughter admitted she made it up because she hates her step-dad and wanted to live with her bio-dad. This was the story of two little girls who’s elder sister had made allegations against their father (the older sister’s stepfather) ending in them being removed to Cathy’s care. Cathy approaches the story in her usual, down to earth practical manner with pandemic guidelines/regulations providing just another aspect to consider. The story Cathy tells keeps you captivated from the very first page right through until the last page.

Another great book by this author, this was a really hard book to read given the truth of the story. Cathy instantly began labelling Tim with names although as a Foster carer she shouldn't have been using those titles. Angie, aged 5, and her sister Polly, aged 4, were utterly distraught when they were removed from home by social workers and brought to live with me. Her work is strongly identified with both the True Life Stories and Inspirational Memoirs genres, and she has also written a parenting guide to bringing up children, Happy Kids, and a novel, The Girl in the Mirror, based on a true story. Even more worrying, she will be brought to Cathy with a police escort as it’s vital her extended family don’t know where she is.

Each book I’ve read has left me with the lingering reminder that the primary issue addressed is incredibly widespread. However, as the girls settle and start to talk of life at home, it becomes clear that Ashleigh didn’t enjoy the same close relationship with her stepfather. Large references to Covid/restrictions which in parts took over the story of the sisters etc however it didn't ruin the story for me.

In my opinion, they should have questioned the teenager and her boyfriend way more in depth early on and months of separation for the other two kids could have been avoided. Through all the obstacles and traumas she just carries on giving the best care that she can possibly give. I hope that readers can accept this saddening story for what it is and acknowledge that when false allegations are made it can be devastating to the family.I don't like to perpetuate the idea that false reports occur, because the system makes it difficult enough for children and women to be believed as it is. The police and social services have no choice but to remove two-year-old Jamey from home after his mother leaves him alone all night to go out partying. I was looking forward to a new Cathy Glass book, but like other reviews, I agree there was too many references and explaining of Covid protocols (Like we’ve all been living under a rock all this time! The whole book made me angry and it was clear from the beginning she had made her mind up then went sweet with him at the end. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

The drama is a focus point towards the end and I wanted more time with the girls as they neared the end of their stay with Cathy - the story moved towards the adults. She always explains unfamiliar fostering jargon, procedures, and processes in easily digestible terms to eliminate any disconnect or confusion.

And in the end poor Ashliegh is abandoned by both of her parents and left in foster care permanently for telling a lie?

Sometimes you need to look through her matter of fact sentences to find emotional meaning and inferences, e. It's making me not want to continue with the book, especially as the last few stories have felt lacklustre and like she's running out of content. When foster carer, Cathy Glass, is asked to foster Darcy-May, a two-day old baby, she is very concerned. But since I already had the book I thought I’d give it a shot, and to my surprise it was readable, realistic and interesting.Cathy, his carer, encourages Jackson to talk about what has happened to his family, but he just won’t engage. But gradually they began to settle and as they did they talked more of life at home where there were a lot of arguments between Ashleigh and their parents. g. "Joy wasn't Janet's SSW" when written in context, implies strongly that Joy was doing a good job for Cathy and that Janet needed similar support but wasn't getting it. i feel like there was not enough of a plot to warrant a novel- it’s literally about a girl who falsely accuses her stepfather of raping her causing herself and her sisters to temporarily enter foster care. The discussion Q's seemed slightly insensitive, as of course children's allegations should be taken serious.

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