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The Night the Angels Came

Narrated by: Denica Fairman
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
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A new memoir from Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author Cathy Glass.

When Cathy receives a call about a terminally ill widower terrified of leaving his son all alone in the world, she is wracked with sadness and indecision. Can she risk exposing her own young children to a little boy on the brink of bereavement?

Eight-year-old Michael is part of a family of two, but with his beloved father given only months to live and his mother having died when he was a toddler, he could soon become an orphan. Will Cathy's own young family be able to handle a child in mourning?

To Cathy's surprise, her children insist that this boy deserves to be as happy as they are, prompting Cathy to welcome Michael into her home. A cheerful and carefree new member of the family, Michael devotedly prays every night, believing that when the time is right, angels will come and take his Daddy to be with his Mummy in heaven.

However, incredibly, in the weeks that pass, the bond between Cathy's family, Michael and his kind and loving father, Patrick, grows. Even more promising, Patrick is looking healthier than he's done in weeks.

But just as they are settling into a routine of blissful normality, an unexpected and disastrous event shatters the happy group, shaking Cathy to the core. Cathy can only hope that her family and Michael's admirable faith will keep him strong enough to rebuild his life.

©2015 Cathy Glass (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A moving read that Cathy Glass fans will devour." ( The Sun)
"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!)
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Cathy Glass rules!

Denica Fairman has an angelic voice that I will never tire of. Nor will I ever tire of Cathy Glass' books. She is one hell of an author!!

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Very Emotionally Touching

This book had me openly weeping. So touching and heart wrenching. Definitely one I recommend.

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  • SushisArmy
  • 30-07-2018

made me cry

Michael's story made me cry. I knew his father was going to pass and when it finally happened, I bawled just as they did. once again, Cathy and Denica are amazing storytellers. I needed a break for the abuse stories and this was perfect. Cathy, your words of encouragement and love always shine through. fantastic work.

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  • Grandma Di
  • 14-12-2017

Very Good Read

Loved it! Was a very heart touching story of a woman with a compassionate heart.

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  • Judy Ann Bertoson
  • 03-04-2016

Excellent!!

This is my second book of Cathy Glass that I have read, like the first one I couldn't put it down. Cathy pulls you in so that you become part of the story, I felt every emotion, sad, happy. I was so happy that this story about fostering was not because, of physical or mental abuse and had a happy ending. Would I recommend this book? I just did.

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  • Gloria Burkhart
  • 13-02-2016

Touches Your Heart and Soul

As usual Cathy Glass' book is one that reaches out to you. Only this one is a bit different than her other books I read, as most readers have probably lost someone to cancer or known someone who has. The fallout of these losses is never easy only there is a young boy who is about to lose his parent. Both Cathy and her family are impacted by the loss as well.

I'm a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer who works with children in foster care or transitioning back home after foster care. I would suggest all CASA's read this book as it brings up things I've not thought of if I ever get a child in the same situation.

As an American, I've had to get used to some different vocabulary words and generally look up between 5 to 10 words that I can guess the meaning from context but I just wanted to make sure I was correct. I listen to many of the books and the person reading them does and excellent job! In listening to them it also brings a bit of England into my home.

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  • Lauraji
  • 16-07-2015

Wonderful book.

Another great book. I have now read all of Cathy Glass' books and am looking forward to the one coming out in September. This story is slightly different from the others in that the little boy she fosters doesn't have the many emotional and behavior issues but this story is equally moving and touching.b I typically read he Audible versions so that I can clean and now and drive while listening.

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  • Sawdustninja
  • 14-07-2015

Good listen

Wonderful book! So heartbreaking for Michael. I love all of Cathy's books and the person she choose to read them makes them that much better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-2015

Smashing,

Beautiful, it takes quite a lot to make a grown man cry. This did do!

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  • Sue Reid
  • 15-10-2015

Good read

Not good with words so do not write reviews five stars is worth a read

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  • Lynda Kingston
  • 27-06-2020

Another wonderful human story.

This was a great book. Different to the way Kathy normally writes and very sad as well as explosive in parts. Narration was great as always.

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  • Miss, paula wilkinson
  • 08-05-2020

a must have

very sad but real story . mad me cry a few times. well worth a listen

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  • Mrs. A. S. Simpson-lowe
  • 05-05-2020

sad but brilliant

this is one epic story, fantastic and addictive as all cathy class are. this is definitely worth a read.

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  • Yorkshire 25
  • 03-03-2020

Yet another excellent story

Even though this is a true and very sad story it’s lovely to listen to Cathy glass story’s life can be so cruel good work Cathy

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  • helen tyacke
  • 07-11-2019

Brilliant !!!

Often very sad in places but a lovely account of a boy and his father and a wonderful kind foster carer and her children.

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  • ajb
  • 21-09-2019

Joyful yet also sad.

This book had joyous and heart warming moments., yet towards the end i found myself crying with sadness.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-01-2019

excellent

love this book really good read I love the author Cathy Glass read a lot of her books all really good

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  • mandy
  • 13-11-2018

must read

another great read, i found it a little slow at the start but then i couldn't leave the book alone, its great to have the same person reading cathy's books, but the will send you on a roller coaster of emotions, from laughting to sadness to tears, but just a beautiful story of a little boy called micheal