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Will You Love Me?: The story of my adopted daughter Lucy Kindle Edition

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REVIEWS FOR DAMAGED:

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

‘Heartbreaking.'
Mirror

‘A truly harrowing read that made me cry.’
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 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 17 books, including bestselling memoirs Cut, Hidden and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2136 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C8Y3AG2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 446 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,540 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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I am so pleased that Cathy and Lucy decided to publish there very moving and personal story , as a book on its own merit is a fantastic read and very well written but those of us that are fans of this very special writer it's an amazing privilege to share this magical story , thank you to you both for sharing this beautiful book x
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this book was good it brought tears to my eyes , cant belive lucy went through so much in the beginning of her little life . im so glad she has a better life now with cathy & her family , cant wait for cathy next book to come out .
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This story is about Cathy's daughter Lucy and I know myself and many others have wondered about her story & this book shares it. Thank to Lucy for allowing Cathy to do so. Yet another amazing book by Cathy and I look forward to more even though they always make me cry and then happy towards the end. I am obsessed and have all the stories :D
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Lucy is the daughter of Bonnie and Vince who is of Thai extraction. Vince leaves Bonnie who spirals downwards into rough living taking Lucy with her. After a succession of Step-dads, uncles and aunts, the abused Lucy is passed pillar to post by a well-meaning social services department. Lucy is left damaged, mentally and physically. She has no stability in her life, is distrustful and has an eating disorder. Her only friend is Sammy, an observant schoolboy, who sees the predicament Lucy is in and tells the teacher, Mrs Bridges about his concerns to little avail.

Enter Cathy Glass. Her social worker Julie asks Cathy to take Lucy in. Her response is as usual 'yes'. Lucy understandably is reticent about her new surroundings and wonders where she will be sent next. Cathy and her children Adrian and Paula are pillars of understanding and help. Gradually, Lucy, not without difficulty, realises love and genuine affection surround her. She feels part of a family. What happens next is up to the authorities and a bureaucratic tug-of-war to reach the common-sense and obvious solution to Lucy's long-term care.

Cathy Glass has written another winner. There are differences from recent books in that the fringe elements concerning care and depth intelligence are more emphasised, not surprising in view of recent media events. At the centre of all this is the carer, Cathy, who remains passionate about the children in her charge. Heart-rending and written by an expert; engaging, 'unputdownable' and excellent.
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I chose this rating as I found it a very compelling read that I could not put down and did not want to finish
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ANOTHER GREAT BOOK FROM A GREAT AUTHOR AND FOSTER MUM ANYONE WHO HAS EVER BEEN IN FOSTER CARE PLEASE READ HER BOOKS YOU WILL DEFINITELY NOT BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN
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I have currently read all the books by Cathy Glass except "Happy Adults/Happy Kids/ & Happy Mealtimes", and found her to be an excellent author, recounting the stories of children she has fostered.

"Will you love me?" is that bit different, because Cathy not only fosters Lucy, but in the end adopts her. I think out of all the books, this is the one I have most enjoyed.

Cathy is an exceptional person, as it takes someone very, very special to take on fostering children who have been so let down in life by their blood family. Lucy is one such little girl and Cathy is the very special person to love and care for her and to welcome her permanently into her family.

The story starts with Bonnie, Lucy's birth mother, working in a launderette. Not a good well paid job, anything but, however to Bonnie the job was important because it provided her somewhere to live with her baby. Somewhere to live is an overstatement because i would not even want my dogs living there, but being there, means that Bonnie and baby Lucy are not sleeping rough or squatting.

Bonnie has not been a loved or cherished young person but in her own way she does love baby Lucy, and although the 'care' she gives to her baby is not really care, it is the best that Bonnie can do. Even though thinks are far from good, this night they get worse. Bonnie has to up sticks with her baby and leave. She is now running scared and is really, really desperate but she is not able to trust anyone so she just has to rely on her own wits.

I am not going to tell you all about the story because it really does spoil it for the reader it the plot and content are all written here in a review.
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Cathy never fails to makes me feel like I am there with her. I was there when she dealt with Jodie's behaviour, I was there as she comforted Alice, I was there as she felt Tayo's excitement at living with his dad.
In every book I have read by Cathy, I have felt completely sucked in and by the time I put down the book, if I can manage that at all, hours have passed.
Lucy's story is no exception.
I loved the fact that it started from the very beginning of Lucy's life, you understand all of what happened to her. Something we've never been able to have from one of Cathy's books before.
Despite already knowing the ending, obviously Lucy is mentioned in other books, the book still had me captivated and i still laughed and cried with it.
I adored this book, as I adore all of Cathy's books, and I can't wait to read it again!
I'd definitely suggest this to everyone!
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