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Please Don't Take My Sisters

Narrated by: Penny MacDonald
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
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Three-year-old Lexie, five-year-old Amelie and thirteen-year-old Leo come to Maggie after Leo confesses to a teacher that his mother's addiction problems and her latest violent relationship has left him as the sole carer to his younger sisters.   

Maggie welcomes the three children into her home and is touched by the gentle care Leo shows to the two little girls. It is clear that Lexie and Amelie adore their big brother and rely on him for comfort and reassurance. But Leo has experienced the neglect and abuse of his mother and her partner for far longer than his sisters and is struggling with an eating disorder and showing signs of OCD.  

When Social Services begin to look at adoptive families for the children, Maggie is horrified when Social Services suggest that the two angelic little girls will have a much better chance of being adopted without their damaged older brother. Knowing the impact that losing his sisters forever will have on vulnerable Leo, they face the ultimate dilemma. Should the children stay together and dash the hope of them ever having a forever family? Or do they sacrifice the close bond between the siblings to give the girls a chance to be adopted?

©2019 Maggie Hartley (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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one of the saddest stories, with a silver lining

I've listened to several foster caring stories and this was one of the saddest, highlighting the struggle many children face at home, and when entering the care system. The job of the foster carer and support staff to meet their needs in a traumatic situation is highly under-recognised. A great story that I couldn't stop listening to, until the end.

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  • Tammy
  • 20-10-2019

Heartfelt

Loved it. My first book by this author. Looking for more. A page turner for sure

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  • twandawanda
  • 14-10-2019

Heartbreaking story of Social Services are work

A very well told TRUE story of how Social Services work, how they don't listen to the CareGivers that know the children best! I was crying through the last few chapters!

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  • laurieforshey
  • 27-07-2020

wonderful book

sad but wonderful book. love reading these books. yes there sad but a reality they are.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-2020

Ups and downs

This book is wonderful! However was so hard on the heart to listen to. I cried lots of tears both happy and sad . I hope and pray they are all doing well now and still get to see each other.

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  • Angelina
  • 09-09-2019

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This book was amazing and gripping up until the last page. It is so sad that families have to be sometimes separated but it is also such a blessing that the children in these heart breaking stories have loving people like Maggie to help them through.

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  • Jean
  • 01-09-2019

Great Read

Eye opener as to the pain some children go through. Feel good about the ending
Thanks for writing this event of real life.

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  • Kim
  • 23-11-2019

Complementary reading to Mental Health study

This is a very emotive, thought provoking story, giving insight to the daily challenges face by children in care, and the tough and sensitive decisions which need to be made by Social Workers and Foster Carers.
It is very well written and beautifully narrated.
As a counselling student, I found this a refreshing read/listen and helped immensely to support my studies. Helping me appreciate how theory can be applied and affects real lives.
Thank you Maggie Hartley, Penny MacDonald and Orion Press for this fabulous, heart wrenching story.

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  • suzy
  • 20-11-2019

Very accurately written

I am a foster carer and feel that this book was very accurately written, it was a sad story but was easy to follow and the characters fitted well. I really enjoyed this audiobook

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  • Bernieb
  • 25-10-2019

Heartbreaking

Absolutely fantastic Audible book to listen to. It had tears rilling down my cheeks .Definitely recommend this listen

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  • JM
  • 29-09-2019

Deeply touching.

As an individual who doesn’t usually get emotional, I found this story deeply moving. I kept having to pause in the last hour of the book to allow myself to recover. A heart touching tale for those who enjoy the genre.

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  • Emily
  • 06-09-2019

Oh Maggie Lovie! Sigh!

What a horrendous representation of how the care system actually works. “I try not to judge the parents... but.....”- then huge judgement ensues. More education and training is evidently needed for foster carers if your account is anything to go by.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-2019

Please don’t take my sisters

This has got to be one of the hardest books i have ever listened too as the heartbreak is so overwhelming.
Maggie and many other foster carers go through this heartbreak and I honestly don’t know how they stay so strong! I haven’t been able to keep a dry eye for the last 2 hours. This is the brutal truth of what goes on and not every decision is the right one. Maggie please know i am sending you all the hugs i could ever give and all my love!

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  • Adele Brough
  • 19-07-2020

Heartbreaking

What a Heartbreaking book... i felt at times like Leo was being sacrificed for the happiness of his sisters... Hopefully Leo can move on and be happy x As usual Maggie is wonderful x

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-05-2020

Brilliantly Narrated Hearth Breaking Story

This is an emotional roller-coaster of a story that really grips you and pulls you in.

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  • Dean Davis
  • 30-03-2020

brillant

so sad but a very good story couldn't put it down now nto the next one

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  • Selfos
  • 19-02-2020

Please don't take my sisters

loved listening to this, sad at times,
omg, very surprising I actually cried near the end.
very much like the adoption process.