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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N3528YM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The characters in this book are so human, you can totally believe in, and empathise with, them all. Sophie is left with grief and guilt as a result of sending her daughter to live away from home. We’re taken through her own feelings and thought processes. It’s very interesting to see her beginning to live her own life again, though she can’t shake the guilt that she shouldn’t be. It’s a lovely, sad, gripping but eventually life-affirming story. Highly recommended.
The book opens with an arresting first section imagined from the point of view of Rosie. From that point on, the story is told mainly from the point of view of Rosie’s mother, Sophie. The author creates a realistic picture of what it must be like living with and caring for a child with extreme autism. This is a form of autism very different from the common perception of autism gained from movies like Rain Man or books such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, manifesting itself in very challenging, sometimes violent, behaviour. The constant strain of never knowing how her younger daughter will react, when the next ‘meltdown’ will occur and Sophie’s fears for the future is convincingly communicated:
“The worry of it all never left her. From the moment she woke, to the time she fell into a weary sleep, the uncertainties whirled around, burrowing deep into her brain.”
After a particularly disturbing incident, Sophie is forced to confront the heart-breaking possibility that Rosie’s condition is such that, for her own safety and for the safety of others, she can no longer be cared for at home. The emotional toll of Sophie’s decision is convincingly portrayed. Similar to the feelings encountered following bereavement, Sophie experiences guilt, regret and even anger born of frustration that Rosie’s condition can never be cured and that the pain Sophie feels cannot be understood by anyone else, even by the most well-meaning of her family and friends.
‘Nothing anyone said or did could take this huge ache away from her. It wasn’t just the sadness, it was this vast ball of anger that seemed to be knotted up inside her...She couldn’t help it, she felt angry with everyone. And tired of it all.Read more ›
Single mum Sophie had been coping pretty well with her youngest daughter’s condition. However, as Rosie was now 12 she was no longer the little girl that Sophie could protect when she was having a bad day. Rosie was now quite a big girl and her ever increasing bad days were resulting in violent outbursts as Rosie struggled to contain her frustration with the world around her. Sadly, Rosie lashed out with the people around her which were her loved ones resulting in many painful physical and emotional scars. Life was getting tougher and tougher for Sophie when she knew her eldest daughter, her own mother and herself were at risk of injury around young Rosie. Sophie had to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life, to find a more suitable place for Rosie to live that was safe and more catered for her growing needs.
We follow Sophie’s journey of making the right choice for her daughter Rosie. The struggles with her own conscience and the emotional turmoil for the whole family. There was a point in the story that I felt myself breathe a sigh of relief as I myself felt like some clarity had been made for all members of the family. It was quite a humbling part in the storyline.Read more ›
A well written, easy to read, hard to forget book. Buy it, and hopefully feel differently next time you see an out of control child in a public place. Try to support a fellow human being rather than judging them without knowing all the facts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sophie is a single mother of two daughters Chloe and Rosie. Rosie is severely autistic and has meltdowns at home and in public. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jaqui P
All I can say is wow! I read this book in an afternoon - I just couldn't put it down. If I could have given it more stars I would have in a heartbeat. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Maddy
This is a very well written and thought provoking book telling the story of a mum torn in two when she has to make a decision no mother would ever want to make. Read morePublished 4 days ago by kate
A beautifully and sensitively written book that will hit every emotion and make you think too! I loved the storyline - read it ! You won't be disappointed.Published 1 month ago by nanamep
Very inspiring book well written enjoyed it and I went through many emotions. Good incite of autism and how extreme it can be. Read morePublished 1 month ago
This heartfelt and moving story is beautifully written, and it shows the amazing impact of living with an
autistic child! Read more
A very eye opening story. I feel as though everybody should read this book, especially those that do not have experience or understanding of the difficulties that Autistic children... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
What a beautifully written book once again by Kate. I so quickly became captivated by the story, trying to find time so I could keep reading, making me smile and close to tears in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Denise
Really enjoyed this book, Home gives an insight into what it is like to live with an Autistic child, and the tough but necessary hard decisions that come with it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Josie Gill