Today I am the last stop of this blog tour. I was so excited when Don of PanMacmillan offered the book for me to read and invited me to be a part of the blog tour. Never have I been so excited to be a part of a blog tour.
The book is a true story written by author Angela Hart, a foster parent, about Lucy, a child who came to her to stay for a few days but ended up staying for a few years.
It took me a few days and lots of tears to get over this book. A beautiful read!!
Omg! Omg! I couldn’t breathe, my heart felt as if it would shatter under this pain. Pain not for me but for Lucy, an innocent child trying to come to terms with her family scenario…
A beautiful story of heartbreak and rejection. A story of patience and gentleness. A story of foster parents and their immense love and understanding for the children.
This is one book I couldn’t put down, I was reading it till 2am. I had to cry the tears, I had to see my heart wrenching when the child is rejected again and again. I had to know the end.
The author Angela Hart has done a fabulous job in writing this true story of Lucy. A child in foster care because of her disruptive behavior and rejected by family and her aunts, who just wants to go back home and live with her family.
This book shows how Angela slowly draws Lucy out by the love in her heart. It is not easy being foster parents, but Angela and her husband Jonathan do it beautifully. I loved the flow of prose, the honesty of words and the pain which seeps through when Angela describes Lucy’s life and how it was pulled apart by her stepmother and stepsister. (The father was pretty spineless in the entire book, though the author has been kind enough to call him a gentle soul, I wouldn’t!!)
Lucy’s love for her father is resalient and never–ending but sadly nobody but Angela could see what the child went through on every visit. Nobody but Angela could see that the child was acting out in pain. Nobody but Angela could see Lucy’s hopes crashing again and again!!
Angela has also brought home a fact that – it just takes a small sliver of love from the parent for the child to blossoms. Sadly enough none of the adults in Lucy’s family could see that.
I was literally breaking into pieces reading this story, yet each piece of me just wanted to know one thing — What happens to Lucy? Does she make it? Does she go back to her family?
Read the book, peruse every line, feel every word. Life is enriched when this story touches the heart!!
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bluebird, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 5 stars
About the Author
Angela Hart, who writes under a pseudonym, is a specialist foster carer for children with complex needs. Angela has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she and her husband, Jonathan, have looked after more than fifty children. Her books Terrified and The Girl Who Just Wanted To Be Loved were top ten Sunday Times bestsellers
Lucy is eight years old and ends up in foster care after being abandoned by her mum and kicked out by her new stepmother. Two aunties and then her elderly grandmother take her in but it seems nobody can cope with Lucy’s disruptive behaviour. Social Services hope a stay with experienced foster carer Angela will help Lucy settle down. She misses her dad and three siblings and is desperate for a fresh start back home, but will Lucy ever be able to live in harmony with her stepmother and her stepsister – a girl who was once her best friend at school?
The Girl Who Wanted to Belong is the fifth book from well-loved foster carer and Sunday Times bestselling author Angela Hart. A true story that shares the tale of one of the many children she has fostered over the years. Angela’s stories show the difference that quiet care, a watchful eye and sympathetic ear can make to those children whose upbringing has been less fortunate than others.
Publication date : 23rd August 2018
Publisher : PanMacmillan Bluebird
Amazing, heartbreaking read