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A Baby's Cry [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Glass
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What could cause a mother to believe that giving away her newborn baby is her only option? Cathy Glass is about to find out. From author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Damaged comes a harrowing and moving memoir about tiny Harrison, left in Cathy’s care, and the potentially fatal family secret of his beginnings.

When Cathy is first asked to foster one-day old Harrison her only concern is if she will remember how to look after a baby. But upon collecting Harrison from the hospital, Cathy realises she has more to worry than she thought when she discovers that his background is shrouded in secrecy.

She isn’t told why Harrison is in foster care and his social worker says only a few are aware of his very existence, and if his whereabouts became known his life, and that of his parents, could be in danger. Cathy tries to put her worries aside as she looks after Harrison, a beautiful baby, who is alert and engaging. Cathy and her children quickly bond with Harrison although they know that, inevitably, he will eventually be adopted.

But when a woman Cathy doesn’t know starts appearing in the street outside her house acting suspiciously, Cathy fears for her own family’s safety and demands some answers from Harrison’s social worker. The social worker tells Cathy a little but what she says is very disturbing . How is this woman connected to Harrison and can she answer the questions that will affect Harrison’s whole life?

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About the Author

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 696 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007442637
  • Publisher: Harper Element (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007442637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007442638
  • ASIN: B006FH0BX8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I live in England and have three children, two birth children and one adopted. When I left school I held a clerical position in the civil service, which I left to start a family. At the same time I became a foster carer, which is the inspiration for much of my writing. I have been a foster carer for over twenty-five years and am what's known as a specialist foster carer, sometimes referred to as a level 3 carer. This is in recognition of my experience and qualifications and means that I am often asked to look after children with complex needs or very challenging behaviour. I have a degree in education and psychology which I was awarded as a mature student.

I have always been a writer - from when I was at school, with poems in the school magazine. In my teens I began writing short stories, articles, a few radio plays, and entering writing competitions. Like many writers it was a hobby - something I did almost furtively in my spare time, while working, and then later fostering and looking after my family. The two halves of my life - writer and foster carer - came together in 2007 when I wrote about a child I'd fostered and the book immediately became a number one best seller. Since then there have been many bestsellers, thanks to you. I really appreciate all your support and best wishes. Cathy xxx

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gripping read from Cathy Glass! 25 Mar. 2012
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I have read all of Cathy Glass' true stories - and found them all absolutely absorbing. This one is no different. From the very first page, Cathy invites you into her home and takes you on a journey with her and her own children plus a brand new baby she is about to foster: baby Harrison.

Unlike some of her other memoirs, this book centres on a newborn baby that has not been subject to any kind of trauma or abuse, and is developmentally normal. Part of the story includes another child who has come to Cathy for a very short stay, but mainly the story is about Harrison and the secretive circumstances leading up to his placement in foster care. These circumstances are not revealed until late in the story - therefore it is a gripping read, as usual with Cathy Glass.

Cathy's books are always very hard to put down - but I did manage to make this last 3 days! I always feel a little sad when I finish a Cathy Glass book and eagerly await the next
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Baby's Cry by Cathy Glass 1 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have never read a Cathy Glass novel before or indeed heard of the author. However whilst finding it rather harrowing and extremely upsetting at times; I also found it to be a delightful and heartwarming novel.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it. (Although have your tissues at the ready and be prepared
to become extremely angry at the abuse dealt to poor little Ellie!) I just could not believe what was happening!

It was wonderful to read that the story has a happy ending for.
Harrison. But my heart certainly went out to Cathy and her children as Harrison left his foster family. I really feel good foster carerers deserve a huge thanks for giving children who have a very rough deal in life through no fault of their own - a chance at happiness and security in their traumatic lives.

As a Mom and Nan myself who has thought about fostering myself in the past - it gave me a good insight into how the system works, and certainly gave me food for thought!

Thank you Cathy for a very interesting and thought provoking read.

Thanks also to Kindle for giving me an opportunity to read lots of different genres of books that I would never have had the opportunity to read before. I am loving my new Kindle Fire and reading all the e-books I have now downloaded! I never thought I would convert to e-reading but I have! Can't wait to start discovering another new author to me and being drawn into another exciting world through Kindle's fantastic daily offer deals. Well done Kindle and Amazon! Keep up the good work!
Now what shall I choose next? History, romance, a thriller,fantasy, a biography ... so many choices thanks to my Kindle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but slightly longer than necessary? 8 Nov. 2012
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I enjoyed this book. I though the subject matter was particularly touching and this is really the first time I've read anything from the perspective of a foster carer.

However, I think the problem with the writing of this book is that the events which happened could be summarised in two pages. Unlike other stories I've read which recounted years of abuse at the hands of carers, family members etc., the events of this happened over a couple of months - less than a year.

The reader is gripped by the same questions as Cathy - "Who is that woman?" "What is the secrecy?" but I think 40% of the book seems to be filled with the life of Cathy Glass & Family, which while lovely wasn't really linked to the main crux of what the reader wanted to know. I enjoyed reading about your trips to the beach, your weekly shop at the supermarket, the children playing in the garden but after turning the page and still not getting any more answers about Harrison but instead descriptions of babygros etc., I was ready to skip some chapters!

The book picks up towards the end when Cathy starts talking about Rihanna (the birth mother) and the back story that we were all waiting for. I enjoyed that and as in all real life stories, there can't always be happy endings. I felt what the family felt when the story ended even though I was only part of this story for the few hours I was reading it.

In summary, I enjoyed the book - the good bits were well-written but I thought there was a lot of pointless recounting of situations in the middle that wasn't really relevant to the "real" story. Definitely worth giving this a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great book by Cathy Glass 27 Oct. 2013
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This is a story of a baby called Harrison That Cathy and her family foster from when he was a day old,
He came into care and it was all secretive about who his mum and dad was,you get to know Harrison or as Cathy daughter Paula called him Harry grow and settle into the family.
The truth behind what was so secretive about his birth and why he was in care, and what happens to him in the end.
I had loads of tears at the end when Harrison left the family and the way Adrian and Paula was so upset seeing him go.
at the same time Cathy was doing respite care of a little girl that had been abuse and you hear about the things this little girl had done to her,
I know how there felt as I fostered a prem baby for 6 months and every one loved her,my only child find it very hard when she moved and when some of the other children we had moved on.
You will have a little laugh as Cathy turns up at the school on the day that Harrison has gone and Adrian friends ask why the baby is and he says" mum lost him at the shop she keeps doing that"
I did get though a load if tissues but i love reading these books,
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5.0 out of 5 stars True story, heart warming and highly recommended
A really good book, very heart warming. Would recommend it to anyone.

Particularly gripping knowing the book is based on true experiences of the author. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Samuel May
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fantastic story line.
Published 28 days ago by P. Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good book by Cathy
Published 1 month ago by mrs c rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational yet sad
As always a fantastic book by Cathy Glass, I just find the simple but informative way Cathy writes an enjoyable read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dawnio
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the story
Really enjoyed the story. Find it hard to believe that you are looking after so many children and manage to know how to help them all so easily. You are a credit to this country. Read more
Published 2 months ago by honor burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book by Cathy
All Cathy s books are brilliantly written , as sad as most of them are , being true stories I can't stop reading them
Published 3 months ago by Nic
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, hard to put down and sad when ...
Excellent book, hard to put down and sad when I had read it because I had come to the end of the book. Love all Cathy glass books
Published 3 months ago by shelly1411
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating story
This was a story once stared I just couldn't put down. Each day wanting to read further chapters in the story of Harrison.
Published 3 months ago by check
5.0 out of 5 stars A baby's cry
Excellent story well worth the money!!!
Cathy never disappoints me, one of the best author out there!!! Carry on the great work
Published 4 months ago by kezzie
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