All entries are from emails sent to Cathy, however she cannot be held liable for the validity of the claims made, some of which are very disturbing. Cathy reads and replies to as many emails as she can.
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Hello Cathy, I just wanted to say how moving your book was – “Mummy Told Me Not To Tell.” I came across this book while clearing out a crack den one weekend as part of a community project. I started to read your story regarding Reece being placed into your care. You are one remarkable woman who has helped so many unfortunate children in the system rebuild their trust. You should be so proud of what you have achieved. I will be purchasing more of your books. Regards.
Sharon, UK, 18/10/2018
Hi Cathy, I am halfway through reading “I Miss Mummy”. This book jumped out at me whilst in a book shop probably because we are experiencing something similar. Your books are very political. Why aren’t the powers to be taking on points you raise? The mental health of the future generations should be paramount. Due to draconian laws decisions are made that are not humane. Thank you for recording practices that need to be revised.
Hi Cathy, I’ve just finished reading Where Has Mummy Gone? And my god, there were a few parts within the book that I started to choke up a bit. Especially with past experiences of how quickly a loved one can go downhill when they are ill. Thank you for writing such lovely books. Am looking forward to the next one. Best wishes
Just finished Where Has Mummy Gone? What a sad and happy book, had lots of emotions reading this. So glad that Melody found happiness in the end, for she had gone through a lot in her young life. Keep up the writing Cathy, really enjoy your books. Kind regards
Hi Cathy, I love your books and your hard work! And for me you are the best writer! I have read your books twice, each book took me one evening. I just could not break away from them! l saw that you have more books, but in Poland is only 15. So when will there will be more of your books available in Poland? Best regards
Ewelina, Poland, 12/10/2018
Hi Cathy, I recently moved to the USA from Ireland and I was in Walmart last week. I sometimes pick up books if I am in the mood to read. Your book popped out at me. Where Has Mummy Gone. I picked this book up and from just looking at the front cover I knew it was the book for me. I read it in 2 days around my busy work schedule. Half way through the book I knew I needed to buy another, so I went straight to Amazon and ordered ‘Cut’. Half way through this book I just can’t put them down. I just ordered ‘Mummy Told Me Mot To Tell’. I am currently now a new and big fan of your books and thank you for writing them.
Ciara, USA, 07/10/2018
Hi Cathy, I have gotten behind on my reading as a lot is always going on. I just finished reading Where Has Mummy Gone, a very good book! You’re a great writer! Your friend
Cathy, just finished your latest book, Where Has Mommy Gone? It made me cry at the end. I also just read all the updates on all your books. I have purchased and read all your books, although in reading the updates, I noticed a book that I haven’t read – can’t believe I missed one – “A Long Way From Home”. I am going out first thing tomorrow morning and buying it. Thank you so much for all your books. I really admire you. Also I have read your first Lisa Stone book, and tomorrow will also buy the second one Stalker. Can’t wait for your next book. Most sincerely
Trudy, USA, 04/10/2018
I have read all of your books, each one makes me cry. Thank you so much for the lovely books. All my love and appreciation.
I’ve just finished reading the book Girl Alone’ and I loved it so much. I can relate to stuff that happened. ’m going to buy more of your books ! Thank you.
Just read Where Has Mummy Gone. I know how the little girl feels a family member had dementia, and plus I work in a care home. The book was excellent. I couldn’t stop crying. Can’t wait for the next book. Sarah, 27/09/2018
Cathy I’m on holiday in Greece. Just read your book, A Long Way From Home and wanted to say what an amazing lady you are . And a caring person to all your foster children. Your book was brilliant. I couldn’t put it down. Going to start on Where Has Mummy Gone.
Sarah, Greece, 27/09/2018
Hi Cathy, I started reading your books back at the beginning of September when I saw the book I Miss Mommy in my local shop and decided to give it a go. I’m hooked and have read 9 more of your books since then. You are such an inspirational lady who’s given so much and helped so many children. Thanks for sharing your stories with the world.
Amber, USA, 27/09/2018
Hi Cathy I’ve just finished reading my first book of yours, Saving Danny, which was bought for me as a present. I can’t wait to go out and buy more of your books which I’m sure I will enjoy just as much. I couldn’t put it down. How lucky Danny, Riva and Richard must of felt to have you been part of their lives. You did a great job as I’m sure you have with all the other children you cared for. My grandson is also on the autistic spectrum and I’m defiantly going to try some of your techniques. I wish you all the best. You’re an inspirational lady. Love
Hi, I have just finished reading Where Has Mommy Gone. I enjoyed the book and it made me cry in parts.
Barb, Canada, 25/09/2018
Dear Cathy, I have just finished reading Cruel To Be Kind. Like so many of your readers I couldn’t book this book down until the very last page, some with tears falling down my face. There are quite a few of your books I have read and have enjoyed reading all of them with sadness in my heart for all those children you have taken great care in looking after.
Dorothy, UK, 22/09/2018
Hi Cathy, I have just finished your book Cut. Wow I loved it. I read it in two days, I couldn’t put it down. My life has been similar to Dawn’s. I grew up in care as my mother couldn’t handle me and have struggled with mental illness and trauma. It was so touching to realise that there are people in the world who have similar experiences to me. I would have loved to have someone like you in my life. I’m still trying to get my life together. If Dawn managed it then so can I. I have often wanted to write books about my life, I love reading, it’s like an escape for me. I have been in a dark place with losing my gran. Your book gave me hope. Thank you for that Cathy. Thanks for restoring my faith.
Hello there, Cathy. I started reading your books last year. I didn’t really have a love for reading but I realised I was spending too much time on social media and looked for a hobby that would distract me from social media for a while. The first book I read was Another Forgotten Child and I absolutely loved it, I found out that I actually did love reading. As heart-breaking as the stories are the books are truly amazing, easy to read and are written so well. My auntie fosters. The children are truly amazing and I have so much love for them. Your books really do inspire me. Many thanks
Hi Cathy, firstly, thank you so much for Where Has Mummy Gone. You may remember me, as a blind reader, wanting your books in audio. While I have some catching up to do with your work the audio books are a fantastic read. You should listen to them, they are so emotional!
Just finished Where Has Mummy Gone? Excellent book, love them all!
Hi Cathy, I have read 18 of your books and I’m on my 19th. Once I start reading one of your books I cannot put it down. I’m known to finish your books in one day, they just capture me and help take my mind off my anxiety and depression. I’ve just opened The Girl in The Mirror. I would love for you to reply. Thank you for your time. Regards
Jade, Australia, 17/09/2018
Have just read your new book Where has mummy gone? Another beautifully written book/story. You are such a talented lady who helps children in such desperate need of help. Carry on the good work and keep the books coming.
Julie, England, 17/09/2018
Hi Cathy, I really love reading your books and look forward to when you bring a new one out. I am currently reading Where Has Mummy Gone.
Dearest Cathy, I have read most all your books I have cried through many of them. I too was a foster child and have been adopted. I am very fortunate to have been adopted by wonderful parents although I am a grown woman with grown children of my own. Your stories have touched my heart very deeply because I can relate to something in all of them. Please continue telling these stories as they make me remember my past and they make me ever so grateful for the life I now lead. The U.S. laws are slightly different than your country’s but they still have the same effect on the children. I am very grateful but saddened to know that the problems children face is a universal one. I praise you and all foster carers for all you do for without people many children in this world, including myself, would never know happiness and true unrestricted love. Always grateful
Betty, USA, 14/09/2018
Hi Cathy, I’m 20 years old. I’ve been reading your books since I was about 15 and have read each one multiple times. I’ve just finished Where Has Mummy Gone? and just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. It was extremely emotional and I couldn’t help but compare Melody to Michael, from The Night The Angels Came. I will be leaving a review on Amazon shortly but just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the book and I’m really looking forward to your next one. Many thanks
Hi Cathy I just read the story of your daughter Lucy (Will You Love Me?) and just wanted to say I love reading your books. They are told in a really straightforward non sensationalist way. I believe they give the reader a glimpse into you and your families lives as well as giving lots of practical insight and wisdom. I look forward to reading more. I am currently on Saving Danny.
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading Melody’s story and it has really touched me.
Hello Cathy, I have just recently read your latest book, ‘Where Has Mummy Gone?’ Thank you for your books they have helped me read. I’m dyslexic and have always struggled reading. Your books are easy to read and understand (even if some tears are shed). All my love
I recently read some of your books, and nearly cried in the emotional points. The way you put them into words was so real. I am amazed at how wonderful a person you are by helping the children and young people with love and support. Thanks a lot
Hi Cathy, I’ve just finished reading Where Has Mummy Gone? It has helped me come to terms with things. I was really moved and touched by your wording, comments in respect of care assistants, the care home and the treatment, Amanda received. I am a care assistant and I work closely with those with dementia and terminal conditions. It was nice to hear your words of comfort to Melody. I truly thank you for releasing this book. Kind regards
Dear Cathy I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your latest book and in fact all your books, I read over at least twice! Your books give me such a sense of order peace and calm as I tackle my own household as a single mum to two teenagers who have autism and accompanying learning difficulties. I would love to foster. I used to be a teacher but it wasn’t possible to continue with my boys’ needs. I just wanted to say you’re inspirational and your books are honestly like therapy to me.
I just read your latest book. I think that I have read most all your books. I love them. Once I start, they are difficult to put down. I admire you for what you’ve done with your life, and the great difference you have made in so many children’s lives. God bless you. June, 07/09/2018
Omg. Cathy. Your latest book is amazing. The original fostering author and still the best xxx
Carol, USA, 07/09/2018
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading Damaged for the second time, it is an amazing and heart wrenching book. My dream is to become a social worker, to help young children just like Jodie. It was sad to hear how much Jodie was not supported by her social worker the way she should have been. But she was very lucky to have you in her life. I hope to hear from you soon. Many thanks
Hi! I absolutely love all of your fostering books. The first one I read was Damaged and I loved it so much. Now I have listened to all of them. You sound like a fantastic mother and foster carer! Love
Daniela, Sweden, 04/09/2018
Hi Cathy, Just finished reading A Long Way From Home. You are my best author so far. I have a biggest problem with your books, just cannot put them down. I have read all your true stories and just ordered Where Has Mummy Gone at 1am. I am taking a lot from your books, trying to understand and be patient with my own kids who are teens. Thank you so much, may you and your family be blessed with good health, peace and happiness always and inspire us with more of your rewarding experiences.
Deepa, Australia. 01/09/2018
Dear Cathy, My name is Zahra (pronounced Zara for non Arabic speakers) Like many people I am very fond and if I put it right, addicted to your books and the lovely stories in them. 90% of my kindle’s contents are your books. If there was an exam for anyone to qualify and work in the social services of the UK I think I’d pass from first attempt lol. I have 3 children and from the constant reading of your books I have adopted many of your techniques with my kids. Stay blessed
Zahra, Oman, 01/09/2018
Cathy I discovered your books in the library and since then have read 3 and want to continue till I’ve read them all. Your books are so good and from start to finish are a great read. I have always worked with children my whole life and am now working with 3 to 6 year olds. I get many tips from your books on how to deal with the children. Keep writing as you are an inspiration to many!
Helen, Canada, 26/08/2018
Dear Cathy, my wife is a journalist and recently she bought you book, Damaged a Sinhala translate copy. She was amazed and shocked and ultimately became a huge fan of yours within few days. Since she is not much fluent in English she asked me to write to you. May god bless you with strength to write more stories as they make people more sensitive. Thank you very much.
Pasan, Sri Lanka, 16/08/2018
Hello Cathy, I have been reading your books and can’t seem to put them down. Your experiences have gave me a lot of confidence as I was in care from 13 after my father passed away. My mum wasn’t great and I didn’t know her until just before my father passed. I was moved a lot in foster care and found my happiness once I moved into my children’s home where my key work was like a second father. Your stories have brought a lot home for me and at 22 I am now starting therapy to deal with issues from my past. I just want to thank you for your writing and say you’re an incredible women and should be so proud of yourself. Yours sincerely
Dear Cathy, I would just like to thank you for writing the books about the children and young people you have fostered. I am making my way through all of them and have enjoyed every single one! I am dyslexic and until finding your books I had never found the joy of reading and could count the amount of books I had read on one hand. I work in a special needs school so have the summer holidays off and have currently read my way through 4 of your books which is a record for me! Thank you again for sharing your stories. I have learnt so much from your books, and they have inspired me to become a foster career in the future. Kind Regards
Dear Cathy, Thank you for writing your books. They provide very valuable learning and are also easy and enjoyable to read. I found Daddy’s Little Princess really interesting, especially the diagnosis the father received, raising awareness which I believe is important. Best Wishes
Hi Cathy, I enjoy reading your books. They have touched me so much I feel your pain and happiness. I wish you and your family happiness and luck with the future.
Mel, UK, 12/08/2018
Hi Cathy, your book Damaged is incredible. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. How sad, sick and disgusting to know that there are such horrible people out there! I am totally overwhelmed by your care and love, especially for your patience. If it wasn’t for you, I don’t think Jodie would have made it. You risked your family and nice life for Jodie. I do understand why she went through so many carers and that is what makes you her hero. You are one in a million!!!! I loved your story, now looking for the next one to read. I also want to say what lovely children you have, Paula, Lucy and Adrian have hearts of gold. All the best
Charmaine, Gibraltar, 11/08/2018
Your books were recommended to me by a very close friend and the first one I borrowed from her was Run, Mummy, Run. I just wanted to say that you have such a beautiful way with words yet you still capture the raw feeling of the characters. I related strongly to Aisha and the way you presented her was beautiful. I cried at points throughout the book but at the end you made me, through Aisha, feel stronger about myself. I just wanted to thank you. So many authors portray abuse survivors incorrectly or in this fantasy way and you captured it so well. Thanks to your book I went out and finally sought some help years after because you made me realise I could. I look forward to reading the rest of your books. I admire you for your way with words, and as a child in the care system I admire you for your work as a foster carer. Once again thank you.
To Cathy, I just finished you book Girl Alone and I thought it was great. I was inspired by Joss’s story and of course you. I think it’s great that you write books about the foster children you take care of.
Paris, 12, Australia, 05/08/2018
Dear Cathy, I am from Sri Lanka, a little island far from your country. It is the first time I read a book by you, about, Zeena. (The Child Bride). I was shocked. You are a great mother, great counsellor, great friend, great woman. I haven’t words to express. I have a lovely mother and family but according to your books I would also be like your daughter. God Bless you, I so much love you…..your loving
Nisa, Sri Lanka, 04/08/2018
I have read several of your books, and have loved every single one. I really can’t get enough of them. Your warm hearted personality shines through all your fostering experiences. You have helped so many young people find happiness, you truly are an inspiration. Each time I go to the library I head straight to the shelves containing your books, hoping there is one I haven’t read.
Dear Cathy, I discovered your memoirs last year, when I was working as a TA for a looked-after child and looking for any guidance to help me understand her emotional turmoil. I read every single one of your memoirs last year and this year have read them all for the second time. The insight you bring to the struggles of these children is so touching, and also truly helpful to me as an educator. They should be compulsory reading for everyone working in education! I wish you all the best, and look forward to the publishing of ‘Where Has Mummy Gone?’ in September! Best wishes
Sam, UK, 27/07/2018
Hello, I’m 25 and dyslexic, always struggled in school, college and work life. Thankfully as I’ve got older I’ve become more focused and am much better with reading, writing, spelling and hardly ever struggle now. Because of this I’ve never taken an interest in reading, but my mum borrowed your book A Baby’s Cry. Something about it caught my eye and I picked it up and I couldn’t put it down! Read the full book within a few days, and also Can I let you go? I’ve absolutely enjoyed reading these books! And it’s made me want to become a foster carer in the future. Thank you so much.
Tamsin, UK, 25/07/2018
Hi Cathy, I have been reading your books for a few years now. I used to read them on my break when I worked nights as a nurse. I have recently found your books as audible and they have been amazing. To listen to them is like you are there. I suffer from anxiety but have found I relax if I listen to your books. You are such an amazing lady and your children are so good. It’s also very good to be able to see the updates. Well I just want to say thank you for sharing all these stories. Take care. Regards
Hi Cathy, I have graduated from university and want to become a social worker. From a very young age I have been reading your books. I too was fostered at the age of 6/7 so I don’t recall much. Returning to my family and having to re-adjust back to what was no longer normal for me was difficult. I have always had an interest in helping and protecting vulnerable people, especially young people who have been exposed to abuse. I know this is my calling. It will be challenging but this is the only thing I’m passionate about. I believe my purpose is to help people. I’m a huge fan of yours! Your books are amazing. I hope you are well. Take care. Kind regards
Terry-Ann, 22, UK. 18/07/2018
Hi Cathy! I’m 18 years old and from Sri Lanka. I just read the book The Child Bride. I was quite fazed after reading it. I just can’t believe a 14 year old girl faced something like that. But I feel so proud of Zeena. She is such a brave and a very intelligent girl! A good example to all of us girls. Thank you.
Shimain, Sri Lanka, 17/07/2018
Hi Cathy, I hope you are well and enjoying our sunshine. I enjoy reading your books so much that sometimes they only take me 24 hours to read. The last one I read was My Dad’s A Policeman and it took me an hour and a half. I really enjoy all of them but one sticks in my in mind and is Damaged. That poor girl I really don’t know how you stuck by her. It took strength for you to carry on. That’s why I admire you so very much. You never give up. Adrian, Paula and Lucy are brilliant too. They just accept any child you have and help in anyway. I look forward to hearing from you soon, and hope I can have more to read. Best wishes.
Heidi, UK, 16/07/2018
I have just finished your Lisa Stone novel, Stalker. I must say it kept me enthralled, it was hard to put it down. When is next one that involves Beth and Matt? Let’s hope it isn’t too long.
Trevor, UK, 15/07/2018
Hi I’ve just finished reading your book Cruel To Be Kind and really enjoyed it. I could not put it down. I really felt like I was there in your book. I can’t even describe how I felt while reading it but my heart goes out to you and your family and to Max and his family. I’ve been through bad times myself so I can truly understand.
Kayleigh, UK, 15/07/2018
Dear Cathy (Lisa) Stalker is amazing. How did you learn so much about computers? Did Adrian teach you!!!!
I am in the process of reading Stalker. I must say how enjoyable it is. You go into the most minute detail. I will be sorry to finish it. I have read Peter James books and you are on par with him. Regards
Trevor, UK, 11/07/2018
I live in Sweden and we only have “Damaged” and soon “Mommy Told Me Not To Tell”. I really want to read all of your books so would you have them translated to Swedish? I know a lot of people who would buy them. Love
Michaela, Sweden, 10/07/2018
Wow! I just read Damaged and I couldn’t put it down. I am a social worker in the United States and reading this really helped me experience what foster parents endure. I also agree that the child welfare system is not perfect. I know that one part I took from your book is that I will do my best to make sure I spend quality time with my foster parents. I have been guilty a time or two of doing short visits with foster parents if I know the children are in a safe place and doing well. Sometimes with high caseloads we have to prioritize. That being said, with a case like Jodies, I would have known it inside and out as well as spent significant time on it. It would have been a high priority for sure. I don’t know the differences between child welfare system where you are from the U.S. but it seems to be similar experiences. All child welfare workers need more resources and recognition for work being done. Thank you for shedding light on this! I have recommended all my social worker peers read this book. God bless you!
Carlina, USA, 07/07/2018
Hi Cathy, I have now read ‘Daddy’s Little Princess’, ‘Nobody’s Son’, ‘A Long Way from Home’ and ‘Cut’. I’m addicted!! I have also ‘liked’ your Facebook page so that I can indulge in any updates you might have. My partner has ordered me eleven more books! So excited to get my teeth into them. I would like to say a huge thank you again for sharing your outstanding achievements with the young people. I can’t wait to start reading your articles on your website and ordering ‘Happy Kids’.
Deon, UK, 03/07/2018
Dear Cathy, I am currently reading one of your heart-warming books ‘The Silent Cry’. I have to say, I am totally moved by it. The way you describe your experiences within mental health really emphasises how difficult and traumatic it is, not only for the person going through said illness, but also for those surrounding them. It gives a real insight into how you felt whilst going through these particular experiences, and it makes me feel connected, in a way, as if I’m there with you, and going through the tough times alongside you and your two children. I just wanted to praise you in your amazing work as a foster carer, mother, neighbour (as seen in the book) and as an author.
Hi Cathy, I have just read Stalker and loved it.
Pauline, UK, 01/07/2018