Another Place At The Table

Another Place to The Table

By Kathy Harrison

Genre: Memoir, Autobiography, Parenting, Foster Care, Adoption

5 out of 5 stars!

This was a great book. I read it quickly in one day. Kathy shares her life as a foster parent. We really just see a small snippet of her many experiences with the system. She talks about overworked social workers, lack of money and resources, and many overstretched foster homes. These children need beds and so foster parents say “yes,” even when maybe they shouldn’t.

Kathy admits her own mistakes. One of them is not saying “no.” The fact that she is just one person caring for something like 6 foster children at a time on top of her biological and adopted children leads to a lack of supervision which causes the kids more trauma. That just broke my heart. She is trying to do the right thing by all of them, but her limits are tested. I had to laugh at the “plastic crown” story. Kathy shows us that foster parents aren’t saints and aren’t above petty feelings at times. They’re human, too!

We also hear a few of her children’s horrible stories and have to acknowledge that many times the people who victimized them were once themselves victims. The picture Kathy paints isn’t sunshine and roses, but neither is it doom and gloom. She has to believe that what she is doing is making some sort of difference.

I especially enjoyed the question and answer part at the end of my book. I felt like it gave me a better picture of who Kathy was and why she fostered. There was also information about how to help support foster kids even if you don’t become a foster parent. I would love to read more from Kathy. I like her relatable style and she seems to have a lot of interesting material she could draw from.

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The Saddest Girl In The World Book Review

The Saddest Girl in The World

By Cathy Glass

Genre: Memoir, Autobiography, Fostering

4 out of 5 stars! I really enjoyed this book. It gave a really early look at Cathy’s fostering before she was such an experienced carer. It also showed how fostering affected her children a lot more than other books did.

The story of Donna was absolutely heartbreaking. She had been raised in such a sick and twisted way. It was interesting to get to read about her two brothers, who were also in foster care, and her older sister, who refused to go into foster care. We really got to know the whole family in this story. I’m also so glad that the book includes a number of updates on Donna. Another fascinating read from Cathy Glass!

 

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Outward Blonde Waiting on Wednesday

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Outward Blonde

By Trish Cook

Genre: Young Adult

Today, we are excited to feature a young adult book with a hilarious premise! We can’t wait for it to come out on October 18. Check it out!

Book Summary

Teen socialite Lizzie Finklestein has all the qualities of a trainwreck in the making.  With a physically absent father, an emotionally absent mother, and an addiction to shopping and hard partying she can’t seem to shake, Lizzie is on a certain path to destruction.  Rock bottom finally comes when one of her public drunken escapades gets caught on camera and shared with gossip sites.

Lizzie’s parents decide it’s time for a change of scenery.  They have her whisked away from her Manhattan penthouse apartment in the middle of the night and dropped at Camp Smiley, a gritty wilderness survival program for troubled teens deep in the Rocky Mountains.  Surrounded by a motley crew of campers all facing their own demons, she’s convinced she has nothing in common with these misfits.

Lizzie must learn to survive in the harsh conditions of the outdoors, including how to dig her own toilet and build a fire by rubbing two sticks together.  Lizzie feels that she’s only left with two options: get with the program, or get out of there.

 

PUB. DATE: October 18, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-945293-04-7

Barnes & Noble LINK: HERE

*Content and cover photo provided to us by the publicist*

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Exclusive Sample Book of Love is a Four-Legged Word

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Love is a Four-Legged Word

We are so excited to share an exclusive sneak peek of Michele Gorman’s newest book to our readers! I have already read three of Michele Gorman’s sweet and sassy chick lit books- Match Me If You CanThe Curvy Girls Club, and The Curvy Girls Baby Club. They were all full of characters you want to root for, hilarious situations, romance, and friendship! Michele’s newest book should be just as fun! Make sure to scroll down to read the exclusive and free book sample!

The Blurb

Best friends Scarlett and Shannon spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur, running their dog business together. Scarlett’s intensive training course, Ruff Love, fixes owners as much as their pets, while Shannon spends her days walking spoiled pooches.

They share more than their business though: they also share Scarlett’s husband, Rufus, who’s been Shannon’s best friend since childhood. It’s a cosy setup. Unless one of them has a secret…

When Scarlett and Rufus’s baby plans are decimated by a surprise turn of events, their marriage hits the rocks and they both turn to Shannon. All three relationships are pushed to breaking point, but when loyalties become divided, how do you decide who’s most important?

Author Bio

Michele writes books with heart and humour, full of best friends, girl power and, of course, love and romance. Call them beach books or summer reads, chick lit or romcom… readers and reviewers call them “feel good”, “relatable” and “thought-provoking”.

She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films but objects to spiders and the word “portion”.

Instagram: @michelegormanuk
Twitter:@MicheleGormanUK
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MicheleGormanBooks
Blog: www.michelegormanwriter.blogspot.com
Website: www.michelegorman.co.uk

Sneak Peek!

Click below to get the first five chapters of Love is a Four-Legged Word for free! Then, click the download button and save the file to your computer before transferring it to your reading device.

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PDF: http://bit.ly/PDF-LIAFLW-sample-book

*Sample book, links, content, and pictures provided to me by Notting Hill Press*

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Crying for Help Review

Crying for Help

By Casey Watson

Genre: Memoir, Autobiographical

I loved this book! Casey decides to temporarily take on a foster child so her regular carer can recover her health. When Casey first meets Sophia, she is shocked by her “little madam” attitude. She orders the adults on her team around and they all walk on eggshells around her. Casey quickly realizes there is more to Sophia than meets the eye. On top of that, she must learn how to care for Sophia’s Addison disorder and taking Sophia to visit her comatose mother in the hospital.

Sophia was probably the scariest child I have ever read about in one of my foster care stories. I don’t want to go into details, but when you read the book, you’ll discover why. It was heartbreaking to see how she needed so much more specialized help than Casey could provide and just wasn’t getting it. I was amazed at how the Watson family continued to provide support despite of the difficulty. I have mentioned before that Casey Watson feels like more of a real person than Cathy Glass. Cathy seems to do everything perfectly, while Casey often admits she messes things up and makes mistakes. I like seeing that Casey still makes a difference even though she and her family aren’t perfect. She is extremely relatable.

My criticism is that every chapter ends with a similar line like, “If only we had known what was to come” or “Things were about to get harder.” It’s just really repetitive. Also, the front cover had a very young girl on it, but Sophia was 12 and fully developed in the book. It didn’t match at all. Regardless, this is a great read for those who work with teens, especially ones from difficult circumstances. I definitely want to read another Casey Watson story ASAP.

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