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The Child Bride

The Child Bride [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Glass
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)

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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

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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.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2856 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007590008
  • Publisher: Harper Element (25 Sep 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 (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,132 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 Sep 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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1 of 1 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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2 of 2 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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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 Another fantastic book from an amazing author 10 Oct 2014
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Another fantastic book from an amazing author, although Cathy's books are very emotional because of the subject matter they are also funny and warm a real window in to the world of fostering any one should read this book but especially if you work with Children or vunerable adults. Cathy really shows fostering and its highs and lows, and how working together as a team is the best outcome for everyone. Thank you Cathy and your whole family looking forward to the next one!!!!!!...
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars What a strong young lady 14 Oct 2014
By Lt
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I've read 85% of Cathy glasses books. All of which I've loved. I enjoyed this read and was admiring the self worth Zeena recovered and the life she's gone onto lead.
I feel a lot of repetitive text as far as each story explains the legal process and systems. If it's tour first book then you need it but for myself I skipped a few pages having already read the context in precious books.....
Saying that I love the author and will read further books....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Im glad I did wait 3 Oct 2014
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I waited til this book was available as a whole book and not in 3 parts as it was earlier . Im glad I did wait .. it would have spoilt the feel of the story if I not read it all in one go .

In this book from Cathy Glass we meet Zeena who has rather unusually asked to be placed in care. As the title suggests she was married very young and abused by members of her own family. Cathy deals with this in the only way she knows.. caring and always putting Zeena first .

II found this book hard to put down once Id started it and some of the details that are revealed are quite honestly shocking .
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
did not like at all
Published 6 hours ago by Maggie Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars sad
A harrowing insight to an all too common problem. Well written, well paced, not too over sentimental and too sad knowing it is a true story
Published 1 day ago by Sinnet W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another brilliantly written book
Published 3 days ago by Karen Faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars Another well written true life story
Thank you Cathy for the wonderful work you do and for sharing their stories with us. They are amazing. X
Published 3 days ago by Clair Illingworth
5.0 out of 5 stars ... 3 parts and could not wait for each part loved
bought this in the 3 parts and could not wait for each part loved it
Published 3 days ago by Katrina Lumsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good read, makes you understand the culture of other people
Published 4 days ago by Mrs. Valerie Swan
5.0 out of 5 stars ... all of Cathy glass books and I've never been disappointed with any...
I've read all of Cathy glass books and I've never been disappointed with any of them
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Love this book!!!!
Published 6 days ago by terrie
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit slow at first, but then the story unfolded - Enjoyed it.
Ordered this book having recently got into reading books for a long time. A bit slow at first but then the story unfolded and I enjoyed it. I'll be buying more Cathy Glass books.
Published 6 days ago by Samantha J Ramskill
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
it a good book that true story fans and fans of the author will enjoy reading which is well written
Published 7 days ago by Thomas Carbury
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