Synopsis from Amazon.co.uk
Desperate to start a family, Cathy and her husband John volunteer as foster parents, and so begins their relationship with Dawn, a shy and polite thirteen-year-old whom Cathy treats as a daughter. When Cathy discovers she is pregnant with a baby of her own, their lives seems to be complete, but it soon becomes obvious that Dawn is going to be much harder to help than they had first imagined. Cathy awakes in the middle of the night to find Dawn standing over her baby’s cot, and a nightmare begins. When Cathy asks Dawn about the scars covering her arms, Dawn insists there is nothing to tell. Cathy slowly discovers the terrible childhood Dawn has had, rejected by her parents, left to fend for herself, then subjected to violent treatment by her relatives. But Cathy soon realizes that Dawn’s worst enemy is herself.
This is Cathy’s third book, but it’s set before the other two, back when they first started fostering whilst trying to start a family of their own. Dawn was their second foster child, and she really opened their eyes to how some children have suffered, and the kind of trouble they get in to trying to relieve what they feel about themselves. I read this in one sitting because the writing style is just so easy and flows through so well, you almost don’t realise so much time has passed because you get so engrossed in the book. The story is very sad and you feel for Dawn, but you can’t help but admire Cathy and her husband John, because they went through a lot of worry and stress when caring for Dawn, but never gave up on her because they wanted her to be happy. Yet another well written book by Cathy Glass, and I will definitely continue to buy her future releases.