Too Scared To Cry: And other true stories from the nation's favourite foster carer

Too Scared To Cry: And other true stories from the nation's favourite foster carer

by Maggie Hartley


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A heartbreaking and inspiring collection of true fostering stories perfect for fans of Cathy Glass and Rosie Lewis. Contains previously published stories Too Scared To Cry, The Girl No One Wanted and A Family For Christmas - brought together in this heartwarming and inspiring collection for the first time.


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.

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.

Eleven-year-old Leanne is out of control. With over forty 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 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.

Note: These stories have previously been published as individual ebooks.

True stories of foster care and adoption and one foster mother's attempts to help the children in her care heal from abuse, neglect and trauma.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409179818
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Series: A Maggie Hartley Foster Carer Story Series
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 812,475
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Maggie Hartley has fostered more than 300 children while being a foster carer for over twenty years. Taking on the children other carers often can't cope with, Maggie helps children that are deemed 'unadoptable' because of their behaviour or the extreme trauma that they've been through. She's looked after refugees, supported children through sexual abuse and violence court cases, cared for teenagers on remand and taught young mums how to parent their newborn babies.

Table of Contents

A Message from Maggie ix

Too Scared to Cry 1

1 The Sound of Silence 3

2 And Baby Makes Three 15

3 Waving at the Window 25

4 Breakthrough 34

5 A Cry in the Dark 42

6 New Life 50

A Family for Christmas 61

1 A Tragic Accident 63

2 Mummy's Guilt 73

3 First Visits 86

4 Truths and Triumphs 95

5 Brothers Reunited 105

6 Tinsel and Tears 118

Epilogue 132

The Girl No One Wanted 135

1 Late-Night Mission 137

2 Another Move 151

3 Lashing Out 162

4 Pushed to the Limits 174

5 Lost Little Girl 189

6 Positive Steps 202

7 Never Too Late 213

Epilogue 226

Acknowledgements 229

A Note from Maggie 230

Exclusive Sample Chapter 231

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