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Publisher's Summary

Maggie Hartley is one of the UK's most prolific foster mothers. This inspiring collection includes three heartbreaking, true short stories about the children who have passed through Maggie's care. 

'Too Scared to Cry'
When Ben and Damien arrive on Maggie's doorstep, the two toddlers are too scared to speak. More disturbingly still, their baby half-brother Noah is completely unresponsive - he doesn't smile or play or crawl. The three siblings have been conditioned to be seen and not heard, and it's up to Maggie to unpick what has caused this terrible void.  

'The Girl No One Wanted'
Eleven-year-old Leanne is out of control. With over 40 placements in her short life, no local foster carers are willing to take in this angry and damaged little girl. Maggie is Leanne's only hope, and her last chance. If this placement fails, Leanne will be put in a secure unit. Where most others would simply walk away, Maggie refuses to give up on the little girl who's never known love. 

'A Family for Christmas'
A tragic accident leaves the life of toddler Edward changed forever and his family wracked with guilt. Maggie must help this family grieve for the son they've lost and learn to love the little boy he is now. But will Edward have a family to go home to at Christmas? 

These heartwarming and inspiring short stories show the power of a foster mother's love, and her determination to help the children who come into her care. 

©2018 Maggie Hartley (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Catherine
  • 07-07-2020

As Good as Her Single-Placement Memoirs

I was a little worried that this collection of 3 shorts would be less satisfying than her full-length narratives, but I really enjoyed it. A bit less day-to-day life information for each placement, so I didn't feel like I knew each child quite as well, but there was still plenty of engaging detail and I'm glad I got to read about these shorter-term placements. The reader, Penny MacDonald, was great as always.

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  • OneShoppingMom
  • 26-08-2020

Brings you into the midst of the story!

As a foster parent, these stories are so encouraging and helpful. The author truly brings you right into the midst of the story; feeling every emotion, hoping for the best for each child. ❤❤❤

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-2020

Must Read

It's such a wonderful book. I loved every minute of it. I would most certainly recommend this book to friends and family.

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  • Amber
  • 31-12-2021

A great look into foster care

A great book for anyone interested in foster care. I really enjoyed hearing different stories about different situations a child might go through as it gives a great prospective on how things are and can be in a foster care situation.

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  • 17-05-2021

3 stories works out well, narrator great

I thought I wouldn’t care for short stories as opposed to one long one, but I really did enjoy these. They felt uplifting and like quick happy snacks.

I really like this narrator. She is calm and makes me feel the way I think I’d feel if Maggie was reading the stories.

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  • Linda jauncey
  • 27-06-2020

Loved it!

I didn't want this book to end Great stories and Maggie making such a difference in the children's lives. But the title saying that she is the nation's favourite foster carer seems unfair to Cathy Glass, who also writes wonderful foster care stories.

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  • Miss A A Bowers
  • 05-03-2021

3 Different Memoirs

This was enjoyably different to the usual 1 memoir with 3 different children, as usually all well told with the usual fond memories from Maggie despite all the challenges she faced!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-2021

not as good as some of the others

didn't like this one as much as it was 3 short stories. I refer the longer ones.

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  • Ann
  • 20-02-2021

Too scared to cry.

Another great book from Maggie Hartley.
A very good listen .
The voice over really pulls you in. looking forward for my next read by you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-2020

What an inspiration

Remarkable stories of one woman who wouldn’t give up on the most broken and vulnerable children.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-2020

Fab story’s again!!

I’ve read all Maggie Hartleys books and usually manage to listen in one sitting!
Always easy to listen too and keep you engaged look forward to more

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