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Daddy's Little Princess
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2014
I've now read all of Cathy Glass's books and also enjoy similar authors such as Casey Watson and Rosie Lewis. I'd been eagerly awaiting this new release and I wasn't disappointed. The story goes back to when Cathy's children, Adrian and Paula were much younger and a seven year old girl, Beth comes to stay after her father suffers a nervous breakdown. Cathy's starts to notice that there is something not quite right about Beth's relationship with her father and gradually all becomes clear. Cathy has mentioned in her previous books her divorce from her husband and this covers the period when Cathy's marriage to her husband John broke down, something that I found as interesting as the story with Beth. Well done Cathy Glass and what a tough cookie you are! I can't wait for her next release and have it on pre order.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have read all the Cathy Glass books telling the various stories of the children whom she fosters and of Lucy, the foster child that she adopted. Every book is a page turner and this one is no exception.

Beth, the subject of the book, is a child that Cathy fostered in her earlier years of fostering children , before a lot of the systems that are now in place with Social Services. This child is placed in foster care because her only parent, her father, is in hospital. Beth's mother had left when she was just a toddler and she is being brought up by her father.

From day 1, it is obvious that Beth is extremely close to her father, but in a very short space of time, Cathy feels that there is something not quite right about the father/daughter relationship. This child is quite possessive of her father and the photos of her with her father that she has bought with her to Cathy's house, are not the usual family photos what one would expect to see of a young child. The clothes that Beth wears when not at school are also not age appropriate and she insists on picking an outfit every time she has telephone contact with her dad.

The story tells of Cathy's unease about this father/daughter relationship, of her conversations with Beth's school teacher and with Jessie the Social Worker assigned to Beth. As the story goes on, it is clear that Cathy's intuition is correct and that all is not well. When she reports her feelings to Jessie, she is made to feel stupid, but she is vindicated.

To tell you how the story of Beth goes on would be to spoil your read of this well written book. It does deal with a very difficult subject in respect of child abuse and one that is very difficult to prove. It also touches on a personal shock for Cathy and her children Paula and Adrian.

As with the other Cathy Glass memoirs I can absolutely recommend this one - it is brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2014
cathy glass is a brilliant author i have read all her books so hard to put the book down once you start reading it and it makes you realise there are some wonderful foster carers out there who take on some very difficult children and make them feel loved again
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2014
Read this book in one day. Absolutely brilliant account of Beth's foster placement. Another fabulous book by Cathy. I've read all her books now and I can't wait for future releases. Keep writing Cathy xx
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on 28 June 2014
This is a book I found extremely interesting to read - if a little uncomfortable. I'd heard of incest, just not emotional incest. Beth is put into Cathys care and throughout the book, listening to phone conversations between Beth and her dad, Derek, you assume he has abused her. She slept in his bed at home with him, she woild get very upset and jealous of any other woman being in his company. Likewise, he would constantly br asking what shes wearing (she would put on a dress, makeup and heels just fr the phone contact yo describe it to him) and he treat her more like a partner than a daughter. Derek has some serious depression and once these allegations are out he reacts badly. With a lot of support and professional help both Derek and Beth are able to come to terms with their emotional incest and learn how to form a proper father/daughter relationship. I found this an interesting read because it makes you think how easily relationships can be distorted and turned into something rather uncomfortable.
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I am a big fan of Cathy Glass and have read all her books now. This one was pre-ordered for my Kindle and as usual, did not disappoint. It tells the story of Beth, who was fostered some years ago by Cathy. I had never heard of the term 'emotional incest' and it was fascinating to learn about it, as the book progressed. Also, it was very hard to read about the breakdown of Cathy's marriage, which happened at around the same time a Beth was being cared for. I knew that Cathy and her husband were no longer together, from her later books, but it was as hard to read about the breakdown as it must have been for her to write about it. Truly an incredible and inspirational lady. I can highly recommend this book and would give it more than 5 stars, if that was possible. Don't miss it. You will not be disappointed.
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on 8 July 2015
I live cathys books and have read all her books since i saw the first one on the shelves,i cant wait for her books to come out now i have to pre order,inly trouble is i read to quick as once you start you cant put it down and then im trying find another to fill my time for her next to to cone out,shes a legend and amazing woman and foster carers dont get enough credit,these kids have gone frm bad places (some) to a great home where for some can relax and be a child for the first time ever and see what love is,some books iv laughed at,some iv cried but ive loved every one ive read,please read u wont regret it,if u like true life books and read casey watsons then cathy glass books will blow u away!!
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I've read all of Cathy's books and although some people may feel they're all the same, I think it's nice to get an insight into foster carers/social workers.

In this book we meet Beth whose stay with Cathy is because her father has had a nervous breakdown, but things are not what they seem and it comes to light that Beth and her father have an 'emotional incest' relationship (II'd not come across this before).

Because this story goes back to when Cathy's children were younger, we also find out why Cathy was divorced from her husband. Although the divorce is mentioned in other books, this time we find out the reason why.

A not put-down-able read.
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on 31 March 2014
I only discovered Cathy Glass books when up doing night feeds with my third child and on the look out for something heart warming to read. I have now read them all in a matter of months and I am so fond of Cathy and her family I worry a bit. This latest book plugs in to our desire to know what got Cathy where she is today. Poor Beth is a fascinating character and I vet jars grown to a feisty young lady. Thanks for another fantastic book Cathy. I loved it. But Christ your ex husband is a c0©k

Cathy rocks.

Ps - 2 year old Paula is my favourite
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on 16 April 2014
Having enjoyed previous books by Cathy Glass, I didn't hesitate to buy this one to add to my collection. And, as usual, it did not disappoint.
She recalls the case of a young foster child coming into her care while her father was in hospital. The book recalls the relationship between parent and child and Cathy's part in saving a family which might otherwise have been torn apart.
Cathy's books are sensitively written, thought provoking and draw the reader into the story, making for compelling reading.
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