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The Child Bride [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Glass
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Cathy Glass, international bestselling author, tells the shocking story of Zeena, a young Asian girl desperate to escape from her family.

When 14 -year-old Zeena begs to be taken into care with a non-Asian family, she is clearly petrified. But of what?

Placed in the home of experienced foster carer Cathy and her family, Zeena gradually settles into her new life, but misses her little brothers and sisters terribly. Prevented from having any contact with them by her family who insist she has brought shame and dishonour on the whole community, Zeena tries to see them at school. But when her father and uncle find out, they bundle her into a car and threaten to set fire to her if she makes anymore trouble. Zeena is too frightened to press charges against them despite being offered police protection in a safe house.

Eventually, Cathy discovers the devastating truth from Zeena, and with devastation she believes there is little she can do to help her.

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'Cannot fail to move those who read it.'


‘A truly harrowing read that made me cry.’

'A true tale of hope. ****.'

‘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 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 100 children, of all ages and backgrounds. 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.

Cathy has written 16 books, including bestselling memoirs Cut, Hidden and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2857 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,463 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-Rending 26 Sept. 2014
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Zeena is a 14 year old girl from Bangladesh. She has volunteered to go into social care through her social worker, Tara, into the capable hands of Cathy Glass. This is a tale of a traumatic early experience that becomes involved with the Asian community. Cathy and Zeena form a relationship that have uncomfortable moments that they face head on. They tell a story that is both absorbing and topical. Another Cathy Glass classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Oaktree
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I enjoyed the book, and really feel for the other poor children in a similar situation who aren't able to find an escape from their abusers.
I did however feel the title gave away too much to the reader and it possibly prepared the reader for what would have been the shock, horror & other feelings that Cathy had when she discovered the truth behind Zena's previous life.
Whilst reading the book I felt I already knew what was coming before Cathy did and it did soften the feeling of absolute disgust that we, the reader, should have shared together for the first time when the truth finally came out. Having read a few of Cathy's other books I know that she normally gets the reader to understand & share the journey of discovery WITH Cathy rather than in advance. Overall a very good read but the title was a bit of a spoiler for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read in 2 days 1 Oct. 2014
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Cathy Glass is one of my best authors. And this story had me so engrossed with a mixture of feelings that I just had to keep reading. I had read all of Cathy Glass books and this is one of the best ones. Learning about a child bride and different cultures.
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This was a sad story that wasn't particularly unusual. It did hold my interest from the outset although I have to say that I had guessed quite early on that Zeena had more problems than being a child bride. Once her foster mother found out what her medical problem was she surely should have been able to work out quite quickly that something more was amiss, given the date of the marriage and the fact that the husband was still in Pakistan. Also the security thing seemed a bit unlikely - after all, if the family were determined to find her, all they needed to do was to follow her home from school.

The style of the writing made me feel as though I was reading a report with every action being recorded rather than a dramatized account. There were a lot of unnecessary details - for instance, why did we need to know about Billy, another child being looked after by someone else? I found myself skimming over some of it in order to get to the bits I wanted to know about. But overall it was an interesting story, and I hope that Zeena and her family have been able to rebuild their lives and move on.
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By Karin
Yet another amazing read and a real eye opener to some of the horrific things that unfortunately are happening today. It is truly remarkable how Zeena found the strength to get through her horrific ordeal, all with the help of Cathy. A wonderfully compassionate and caring lady, whom I admire greatly. Although the "subject matter" with Zeena was horrendous, I absolutely loved this book, as I do all Cathy's books. It's a pity there aren't more people like Cathy in this world. Thank you for sharing yet another of your stories with us, I can't wait for your next one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!...engaged from cover to cover! 11 Jan. 2015
Absolutely LOVE anything by Cathy Glass!! Everyone of her books keeps you engaged from start to finish. Everyone of her stories is heartbreaking and I have cried at the majority but I believe everyone of these children has a right for their stories to be told regardless of whether it's the same as somebody else's. I myself have been in foster care and on the future would like to be a foster carer myself and reading these books has only made me realise hoe important a role a foster carer plays. I would recommend this book to anyone! All praise Cathy glass!! :)
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This is a very touching and in places sad book about a young girl who was saved from a forced marriage. Zeena has been through so much before she was taken into care by her own wish. Cathy Glass writes great books but what she has done to help kids is the best. Zeena took ages to open up through fear but thank goodness she did in the end.
Not only was she forced into marriage at 13 by an older man she was also raped by a cousin a few years before this and then blamed for it by her family.
I wish her all the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The harsh reality again brought to light. 30 Oct. 2014
By Louise
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It is a very moving book that brings up the reality that a lot of young children and teens are forced to live and face everyday. It's a harsh reality brought to light. Very well written and brings out a lot of different emotions for the one reading it. Cathy never fail to deliver to her readers. She is a great author, and her sense of detail is near perfection. Hopefully this book will help more youngster to get the help they need to have their situation changed.
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