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The Night the Angels Came [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Glass
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A new memoir from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Cathy Glass.

When Cathy receives a call about a terminally ill widower terrified of leaving his son all alone in the world, she is wracked with sadness and indecision. Can she risk exposing her own young children to a little boy on the brink of bereavement?

Eight year old Michael is part of a family of two, but with his beloved father given only months to live and his mother having died when he was a toddler, he could soon become an orphan. Will Cathy’s own young family be able to handle a child in mourning? To Cathy’s surprise, her children insist that this boy deserves to be as happy as they are, prompting Cathy to welcome Michael into her home.

A cheerful and carefree new member of the family, Michael devotedly prays every night, believing that when the time is right, angels will come and take his Daddy to be with his Mummy in heaven. However, incredibly, in the weeks that pass, the bond between Cathy’s family, Michael and his kind and loving father Patrick grows. Even more promising, Patrick is looking healthier than he’s done in weeks.

But just as they are settling into a routine of blissful normality, an unexpected and disastrous event shatters the happy group, shaking Cathy to the core. Cathy can only hope that her family and Michael’s admirable faith will keep him strong enough to rebuild his life.

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‘A moving read that Cathy Glass fans will devour.’ The Sun


‘Cannot fail to move those who read it.’ Adoption-net

‘Heartbreaking.’ The Mirror

‘A truly harrowing read that made me cry.’ The 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

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.

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More About the Author

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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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving beyond words 14 Sept. 2011
This is one of the most moving but beautiful books that I have ever read. It tells of the true story of a fathers unconditional love for his son and the very emotional journey they make into Cathy's life and family.
It was personally very uplifting to read of a parents unconditional love for their child instead of the usual neglect and abuse inflicted on children prior to coming into the Care System.
I am a huge fan of Cathy's and read and loved all her books but i think this is by far her best book and highly recommend it!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Inspirational book from Cathy Glass 10 Sept. 2011
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Have just finished reading the night the Angels came it arrived at 3pm this afternoon and I had read it by 6pm, Could not put it down it was so moving and had me in tears, but in the way that you had met some one who had faith and how inspirational and thought provoking it was, I laughed and cried at the same time.Would recommend this book most highly, Cathy has surpassed even her high standards.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read 17 Sept. 2011
Just finished reading The Night the Angels Came and yet again it is another great read by Cathy Glass. Couldn't put the book down and my heart goes out to Michael, noone should have to suffer the losses he has in such a short time. I would recommend the book for anyone who loves to read. Keep up the good work Cathy your an inspiration xx
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So moving 7 Nov. 2011
I have read several Cathy Glass books but this was the first to move me to tears. Actual heart breaking sobs in fact! Cathy's books show what a fantastic and sometimes testing job foster carers and their families do. I take my hat off to Cathy and her children who sound just as lovely as they should with her as a mother! Fantastic writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Night the Angels Came - A must read 20 Sept. 2011
By shazbo
started reading this book on Saturday and finished it on Sunday. I was already in tears in the first chapter and more so by the and. A fantastic story, heartwrenching at times but so warm and loving.

As with all of Cathys books you get to know the characters and feel so invloved. It was a pleasure to read of a wonderful boy like Michael and his thoughtful loving father Patrick. I am so glad that Cathy and her family got to know and love them and in turn that they did the same. A truly wonderful book.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this and ALL of the books written by Cathy Glass and cannot wait for the next one to be released.

Well done Cathy and thank you to you and your children. x
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Night the Angels came 6 Oct. 2011
By loulou
An absolute brilliant read. I have read a lot of books but this one is by far the best. I would reccommend this book to everyone. It is easy reading but heart felt. I love the way the author Cathy describes situations and i feel so involved whilst reading the book i have to remind myself that im not. I feel after reading all of Cathy Glass books that i know her a bit and understand her life a bit more. This book is moving, it shows how religion can help you over come death. It moved me to tears. I couldnt put this book down. All of the authors book are extremely well written. I cant wait for her next book to be published, Hurry up Cathy xxxx
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The night the angels came 23 Sept. 2011
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I am an avid fan of cathy glass, i have all her books to date and this one is one of the best books she has written to date. This book delivers abit of everything, it has bits that are emotional, i couldnt put the book down i just wanted to keep reading on and on. Cathy makes fostering really fun and shows you can get attached to families and watch the family grow. The night the angels came like the rest has happy endings but it shows you have to take the rough with the smooth. I really recommend this book and all cathy's books, brilliant reads and touches your heart immensely. looking forward to the next book! carry on the good work. Chris shaw.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars emotional x 1 Nov. 2011
By kimble
This book is a sad storey of a young boy who goes through so much at a young age,, as all Cathy Glass books they are based on true events and always brilliantly written,, highly recomeneded x
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