11 Weeks in the Top Ten!


Fostering 6 year old Max got off to a bad start when his mother telephoned me with threats and complaints even before he’d moved in. I hoped our relationship would improve with time. She was in hospital recovering from having two toes amputated.

Yet, while I’d heard plenty from Max’s mother and his social worker I had very few details about Max, so when he arrived I had a big shock which I struggled to hide. Clearly looking after Max was going to be a completely new challenge but I would do all I could to help him. A kind, gentle and studious child he struggled to fit in and wanted more than anything  to be like other children and make friends.

Reviews of Cruel to be Kind:

A must buy, must read… Ireadnovels Goodreads 5 * review

Truly inspirational…

A story about love, loss, hope and tragedy… Lau Goodreads 5* review.

A must read…Waterstones 5* review

Brilliant story line. This story captured my heart as all of Cathy’s books do… Julie Blackman Goodreads 5 * review.

Love it. Couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended…. Christine 5* Kobo review. 

Truly awesome… PR Brown Goodreads 5* review

Thought provoking and insightful… K. Hector 5* Kobo review

Another fantastic book… Clare Burnett Goodreads 5* review

An emotional story… I couldn’t put it down…personally recommend this book… Kim LidgardGoodreads 5* review

Brilliant book but what do you expect from a brilliant author… S Jewell Amazon 5* review

Wonderful. A fantastic story…excellent narration…. Mrs Brown 5* Audible review

Such a brilliant read, my heart broke for max and his family Kerry Amazon 5* review 

Had to read it all in one sitting… Erica M Amazon 5* review

Another excellent read I couldn’t put down… Rad 5* Audible review

Brilliantly written… Moira Atkinson Amazon 5* review.

Cathy does it again! Wonderful book which I couldn’t put down and read in one sitting… Amazon 5* review

Lovely book to read…  Gillian Phelan Amazon 5* review