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Cut: The true story of an abandoned, abused little girl who was desperate to be part of a family by [Glass, Cathy]
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Reviews for ‘Damaged’:

'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

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Desperate to start a family, Cathy and her husband John volunteer as foster parents, and so begins their relationship with Dawn, a shy and polite thirteen-year-old whom Cathy treats as a daughter.

When Cathy discovers she is pregnant with a baby of her own, their lives seems to be complete, but it soon becomes obvious that Dawn is going to be much harder to help than they had first imagined.

Cathy awakes in the middle of the night to find Sawn standing over her baby's cot, and a nightmare begins. When Cathy asks Dawn about the scars covering her arms, Dawn insists there is nothing to tell.

Cathy slowly discovers the terrible childhood Dawn has had, rejected by her parents, left to fend for herself, then subjected to violent treatment by her relatives. But Cathy soon realizes that Dawn's worst enemy is herself.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11249 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (19 Jan. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007280971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007280971
  • ASIN: B002RI91EO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 288 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Another moving story from Cathy Glass. Once started I found it difficult to put the book down and was soon gripped by the story. As in her other two excellent books, the authors warmth and affection to her foster children comes through in her style of writing and makes her books very moving and also very readable. I found I just had to finish the book as soon as possible to find out how the story unfolds. The book is not just an eye opener on what terrible things can happen to innocent children and the struggles and difficulties they face as a result, but also shows how a truly caring person can help them and can make a real difference in their lives. Well done Cathy for another inspiring book.
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Format: Paperback
Apparently I'm the only one on Amazon who didn't like this book.

There's nothing much wrong with the writing, though I did get irritated with the dialogue after a while because the author constantly calls everyone "love". What I didn't like was the exploitative nature of this book, and from looking at Glass's other publications it seems all her books are on the same theme. These are not her stories to tell. It makes me extremely uncomfortable that she is making money and gaining fame from writing about the abuse of children, children who aren't hers. Looking after them for a few months doesn't give her the right to write books about them, that is up to the survivors themselves. We do hear about the effects on Cathy and, to a lesser extent, her family (I wonder if her husband wanted to be distanced from these books as he is certainly a background character) it is really all about Dawn, and Dawn is certainly not receiving any of the profits from the book sales.

I also did not like the self-congratulatory feel of the book. Although Glass often talks about how she felt people would blame her for the suffering of the children in her care, it is clear that she always felt this would be unjust and that she was the only one doing the right thing for the child and it was everyone else's fault that it didn't work. Even more often it is mentioned how great a parent she is, often from the mouth of Dawn. Her website has the same tone.
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I am in awe of Cathy glass she is a truly exceptional foster parent of a truly awesome nature I look forward to reading more of her work. It was with great difficulty to put the book down in all honesty my husband cooked Sunday dinner so I could read the book. It is now 4am in the morning and now I have finished the book I am going to bed. I look forward to reading the other books by Cathy Glass.
Pauline Goulding
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Cathy Glass is the best author ever. It is a shame she does not write a lot more books. Have read all hers and once you open the first page you cannot put it down until the end.
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Format: Hardcover
A third amazing book from Cathy Glass that gives a complete insight into fostering, it's pitfalls and rewards. This book is well written and very moving. It highlights a system now improved thankfully and shows how much love and patience foster kids need to thrive. Well done Cathy for being there and a huge thanks for sharing your experiences. Can't wait for the next one, am stocking up on tissues.....
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Format: Paperback
just start to read this book and you won't be able to stop. one of the best books I have ever read!!!
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Format: Hardcover
the third book by Cathy Glass is as moving as the last two volumes. Cathy writes well without being over the top as so many of the "misery memoirs" can be. Cathy paints a picture of her very ordinary family (and I mean that as a compliment, not an insult) trying their best to give Dawn the best life they can. It is to be hoped that the social services do a better job now than they did 25 years ago. Without wishing to spoil the story for others their deliberate withholding of the facts about Dawn's upbringing could have been extremely damaging to the Glass family. The only thing that didn't ring true in fact was Cathys ( and also her husbands) reaction to those revelations........... I would have made an official complaint at least but I suppose that it would have stopped them fostering any more children.

It is also very interesting to learn about Cathys own life - maybe the next book will reveal more about her childrens early life.
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Format: Hardcover
Kathy Glass has a wonderful style of writing that is simple, straight forward and tells the story how it is with facts and without gore, horror stories. This fact makes the impact of each story she writes far more dramatic.

This was a story about the first child she fostered and how it affected both her and her family. The fact that she endured what she did for Dawn given her own difficulties with a new baby of her own to care for, just re-iterates to me what an extraordinary person she is.

I could not put this book down, a sign of a brilliant book, I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next.

I found it sad that Dawn didn't keep in touch with Kathy but as Kathy said, maybe as she had moved on with her life, she found it difficult to look back at that year spent with her.

Great writing, great book.
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