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The true story of two-year-old Anna, abandoned by her natural parents, left alone in a neglected orphanage.

Elaine and Ian had travelled halfway round the world to adopt little Anna. She couldn't have been more wanted, loved and cherished. So why was she now in foster care and living with me? It didn't make sense.

Until I learned what had happened...

Dressed only in nappies and ragged T-shirts, the children were incarcerated in their cots. Their large eyes stared out blankly from emaciated faces. Some were obviously disabled, others not, but all were badly undernourished. Flies circled around the broken ceiling fans and buzzed against the grids covering the windows. The only toys were a few balls and a handful of building bricks, but no child played with them. The silence was deafening and unnatural. Not one of the 30 or so infants cried, let alone spoke.

©2018 Cathy Glass (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Cathy=amazing; book lacks emotional depth of novel

This is the first Cathy Glass book i've read so wasn't sure what to expect. i enjoyed her description of fostering, of which she is an impressive practitioner. There's undoubtedly lots to learn about parenting here. The first part of the book is not a first-person 'memoir' as such. Cathy is for the most part reconstructing an account of parents adopting a child who later comes to her for foster care. The case study itself is very interesting but described in factual terms with a little too much focus on banal actions (for example, the trip from a Romanian [?] orphanage to the UK consists of endless detail of moving through the airport at the level of placing bags in the overhead locker etc). There is none of the emotional depth that one would expect from a novel (or even a more subjective first-person memoir). The effect of this pared down narrative is that the adoptive parents, idealistically bumbling into acquiring an abandoned orphan, come across as naive idiots. In one sense, this is exactly what they are--but a richer description of their emotional lives would've allowed a more nuanced portrayal. Cathy isn't a novelist, so it's unfair to expect this. She is much more compelling when describing her own experience and the immense skill she brings to foster care.

I did find the premise of overseas adoption of great interest. The lack of support for orphans with understandable attachment issues is staggering -- not only in their country of origin but in the familial and institutional contexts of the new country. Clueless parents are allowed to adopt with no guidance or oversight, making catastrophic mistakes. A GP advises that all will be fine -- then eventually it is determined that the adopted orphan has "reactive attachment disorder". Really? A "disorder"? Commonsense might tell us that someone who has never learned trust and attachment would struggle in relationships -- and the fact that professionals have such scant understanding of trauma is an indictment of their professions. Thank goodness for Cathy's commonsense and capacity for genuine care! This is worth reading for many reasons.

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Relieved at the ending

Wow! So much trauma for Anna and at such a young age. The details of the orphanage were absolutely gut wrentching. My heart broke for Elaine and Ian they both had such good intentions and to adopt a child is an incredible thing to do, but they did not get the support that they needed as new parents let alone new parents to a child who would have huge challenges. Thank God for Cathy!

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  • SushisArmy
  • 04-08-2018

confused all around

at first I kept wondering if I was listening to a Cathy glass novel. But Denica kept me in. it all became clear as I followed poor Ana along her journey. I'm so happy she reconnected and was able to begin moving past her demons. once again, Cathy is amazing.

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  • annnamarie bailey
  • 11-03-2018

great book!

This was yet another great book by Cathy Glass. I highly recommend this author to anyone who enjoys true stories.

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  • Joy
  • 08-03-2018

Good read

Can't go wrong reading one of Cathy's books. Heartbreaking at times yet with her help , love and kindness she can it seems turn each child around and help them with a brighter future & a lot of times the parents as well. I have read all of her books and will continue as long as she writes them.

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  • Karen Moses
  • 26-03-2021

short story

as all the other cathy glass books i have read, this one was ni e but the part about the actual fostering was overshadowed by the adoption. pity

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  • Peaches
  • 26-05-2019

Too pedantic for me

this was very disappointing. First off, the narrator was terrible, in my opinion. Very little inflection and a somewhat monotone voice. Next the story needed better editing to make it more interesting and concise. Too much boring and irrelevant detail at times.

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  • gina
  • 27-02-2018

what a turn of events

the book was amazing could not put it down from the moment I got it Reddit within 2 days

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  • LeAnn
  • 17-09-2021

Heart wrenching

Rollercoaster of emotions , I truly cried at the end!!
You'll never find tomorrow reaching back for yesterday. While it's OK to visit the past ,with in reason .You can't stay.!!!

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  • daniel gentry
  • 11-07-2020

Favorite

love these foster stories. Makes for passing time on my long runs, something to look forward to.

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  • CindyLou
  • 11-03-2020

Cathy Glass

I love everything Cathy Glass writes! I love true stories, especially about children. so heartbreaking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-2020

keep the faith

great story I love cathy glass she is an outstanding author her stories are so heart felt A Long Way from Home started out kinda frustrating for the couple who adopted Ann kept their faith and love for that little girl and didn't give up on her and it paid off in the end for everyone . it's a must read great book

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  • Jenny Davies
  • 16-05-2018

Loved it all over again x

Loved reading it and loved listening to it!! Fantastic story... can’t wait for the next one

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  • Louise
  • 02-03-2018

Fantastic

Really enjoyed this book. Would highly recommend. Different than her other books but informative, emotional and a real page turner.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-2020

Behind every person there is a story

I love how she started with the story of the child, one would had judged Ana much more harshly had one not known her story. I found the book very educational, both regarding adoption and in raising a troubled child.

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  • Jackie T
  • 10-06-2019

Another Informative and good telling of Cathy's experience of Foster Caring and the Children She cares for

I particularly like this book because the story starts with the child and her background, Also the story of her Adoptive parents, including issues leading up to and during their wait to become her new parents,before being placed with Foster Carer Cathy and her family. I found it very informative highlighting situations that I knew only a little about.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-10-2021

Another enjoyable book by Cathy Gĺass


Always enjoy the tales that this author relays and sometimes rhey can be quite heartbreaking.





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  • Ms. Lily McConnell
  • 31-05-2021

Fantastic!

I’ve listened to many of Cathy Glass’ audio books now and Denica narrates them extremely well - it could even be Cathy herself!!

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  • Kayleigh lumsden
  • 02-03-2021

another amazing listen xx

amazing . slightly different start to the other books but just as good as the rest xx

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  • JM Smith
  • 01-03-2021

Good, but very short

This is the forth Cathy Glass book I've listened to, it's also the only one which had a fair amount of negative reviews due to story padding which now I listened to it I can partially agree with. The story was nice and well written, but it felt as though she was with Cathy for such a short time that she felt the need to pad out the beginning rather than learning when the child is in care as she usually does. I still enjoyed the book and I think it was well worth my monthly credit. The narrator, Denica Fairman, was great as usual, I like that she gives the characters all distinct voices which she keeps consistent throughout the books. She gives it good energy and is generally nice to listen to for hours on end, I would love to hear more books narrated by her. I also wonder what the real reason for Anna's parents not being able to adopt in the UK was as in the book it says they were too old in their 30's, but there is no such law. Going by the state of the orphanages, the doctors name, the birth mothers religion and the way she was adopted I'm assuming she was from Romania at some point between the late 90's - 2002 (The orphanage was shut down 2 years later and international adoption from Romania was banned in 2004), during which time there was only a lower age limit (21, it's now 18). I wonder if maybe there was a reason they couldn't say for confidentiality reasons or if the agencies they went to just had such long lists of people waiting for babies that they couldn't get one for years.

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  • Joan gillAmazon Customer
  • 18-02-2021

A long way from home

I didn’t dislike it . It was sad at the beginning. But had a very happy ending . My friends would ent it .

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  • Lauren Dillon
  • 11-01-2021

Very Enjoyable

I have been making my way through all of Cathy's books and this one was another excellent read. It had a bit of a different feel to it with the whole backstory in the beginning but I really loved that about it. I wish it was a bit more detailed about Anna's stay with Cathy, as that part was short and repeated a lot of the story we already knew, but regardless it was still a very enjoyable listen.

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