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Dear Cathy, I just finish reading The Child Bride. What touched me the most was how brave Zeena was and what happened to her at such a young age. It was even worse for me as I am from that culture and therefore saw my people in a new light. I am Bengali and was shocked to know that there were people like that in the world. My family are not at all like that but I know the reality of child marriage in Bangladesh. It’s truly sad, particularly for me who is from Bangladesh. I felt for Zeena but I was so glad that she had someone like you. Also I’m glad you enjoyed some of the Bengali food that she made for you, I’m sure you will agree it is wonderful. Thank You.. For giving her hope and giving her strength. Thank you for sharing her story with us. And thank you for although you heard all these horrible things about my culture for ultimately showing respect. Thank you your new fan
Hi Cathy, I can imagine you receive hundreds, thousands of e-mails a day about all of your books but I hope you will see mine, read it and reply. My fiancé grew up in and out of foster homes and doesn’t really talk much about how it may have affected him. We have spoken about fostering one day ourselves too when my daughter is older. The Child Bride was the first of your books I have read and I literally read it in a day and a half. I am definitely reading others. I am so touched by Zeena’s story that I was hoping you could pass on a message next time you talk to her. She is strong, courageous, inspirational and brave. She will go far in life and should be proud of herself. I hope her mum and friend are both stronger and have found strength too. Thank you for writing your books, it opens my eyes to the foster system from both the carer and the child perspective. Thank you again.
Cathy Glass, I wanted to say thank you for being a fantastic writer. I found your book Damaged by pure chance. It touched a cord within me. For years I hid the memories of my own abuse, physical, sexual and verbal. It’s taken the care of friends, not my family, for me to realize a lot of things. I’ve always wanted to foster children, as I’ve never wanted any of my own (I am transgender). Thank you for being a light in the darkness, and for accepting so many children into your home. I only wish that I could change someone’s life like you have. I have now finished all of your books, and find all of them touching, sad and eye openers.
A Canadian Reader, 16/10/2014
Hi Cathy, I hope you and your wonderful family are well. I have emailed you a few times on how remarkable you are with regards to your fostering and your books. I have just finished reading The Child Bride and again I couldn’t put the book down until the end. You are an amazing carer and your wonderful family are a credit to you. Looking forward to March and reading the next book. Bless you. Take care
Trisha, UK, 14/10/2014
Hi Cathy hope you are well. Just finished your latest book The Child Bride. I don’t think I’ve cried so much before. I hope Zeena is well and living a fantastic life she deserves. I hate it when your books come to an end I feel lost!! Take care
Hi Cathy, I found your book, Damaged, in a second hand bazaar on a Greek island, and have just finished reading it. I am at a loss for words, what an amazing human being you are. It came to me just at the right time, as I am struggling with a difficult relationship so it felt like a real gift, although I found parts of it gruelling reading – and hard not to get very angry. Keep up the marvellous work, you have inspired me, and for sure many others. Keep the flame of unconditional love alight…………it’s so easy to forget this level of love. Thanks Cathy
Hello Cathy, I am 17 years old and have a 5 month old daughter. I have been reading your books since I was 12 years old. My favourite book is Hidden due to the beautiful ending. I’m currently reading Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. I have read some books 2-3 times. You are an amazing inspiration. Kids my age don’t read but I can’t put your books down. I could read them very single minute of every day. I love the story about Reece so far. I can not stand the way his mother is. You are truly incredible dealing with this. I hope to be a foster carer one day. So thank you Cathy for your amazing books they have opened my eyes to a whole different horrible world. It makes me realise how lucky I am to have the support of my family to help me raise my baby girl. You are amazing Cathy I hope to hear from you! I would love to meet you one day. As would my mother. Kind regards and best wishes
Jess, Australia, 14/10/2014
Hi Cathy I started to read your book The Child Bride yesterday and couldn’t put it down. I finished it today and I must say Zeena is a very strong person for what she has been through. The book made me have so many different emotions and made me cry in places. No child should go through that xx
Hi Cathy, you’re such a good author! I think you deserve a medal x I’m reading Child Bride and the story about Aimee (Another Forgotten Child) you’re amazing.
Thank you for another brilliant book. The Child Bride really opened by my eyes. I am thrilled that Zeena is 22 and has a successful career. I am so glad you and the family are well. What an amazing inspiration you are to me. It helps me so much to cope with my job working with the elderly which I have done since I was 23 (I am 64 now). Oh dear what on earth do I read now. With my very best wishes and thank you
Hi Cathy I’ve just finished your latest book The Child Bride. Zeena went through things a child shouldn’t go through. She is one brave and inspiring young lady. I’m so glad that she had someone like you to help her. I hope one day that her father and uncle are brought to justice. I hope her friend Tracy Ann is going well. Best wishes and regards.
I just finished reading The Child Bride, I simply couldn’t put it down! I only bought the e-book 3 days ago. I work in the child care sector and I’m thinking about fostering in the future. You’re books are inspiring. Thank you for such an amazing read.
Hi Cathy, Just finished your new book “The Child Bride”, yet again another amazing read. I now have 16 of your books proudly displayed on my bookshelf. Awaiting “Saving Danny” can’t wait for March 2015. I have to say I normally read them in a day or 2 which has also made a huge improvement with my lack of reading skills, however, I now have a new born baby so proving a little difficult, but only took 5 days and I was finished. What a brave young girl going through that at her age. Again I have to say you are truly an inspiration to everyone. You have touched so many lives for the better and I hope you can see how much of a difference you make to all the kids you look after. I can’t say in words how great you are. Keep up with the writing and look after yourself. Kind regards
Dear Cathy, I came to London on Monday and took the opportunity to buy your latest book. What to say? I’ve been more than touched by Zeena’s story and I admire you for the wonderful job you made with her, the help and the hope you gave her. I’m very proud of what she achieved (I read the update). I love the way you write, you are able to let us understand in a very quick but accurate way the situation of your fostering children. No child is too desperate for you: it’s incredible the way you succeed to take the best out of them! I can tell that because I have read all your books (apart from Happy Kids which I’ll read when I’ll be a grand-mother ( ) By the way, my son who went to England 2 years ago to improve his English read a lot of your books which helped him improving the language ! I would tell you so much more, but it’s difficult in English! Say hello to your children, whom I came to love through your stories and take care! Love from
Albertine, Switzerland, 09/10/2014
Hello Cathy, I think my favourite book from you so far is Will You Love Me, about your daughter Lucy, I really got in it, to the point I was getting very frustrated with her social worker Stevie. All the best
Hi just wanted to say I have all your books and you are an amazing woman to deal with all the things you do while fostering. I have read every book released so far, just waiting for Saving Danny. When I read your books I feel like I’m there with you, fostering these children and going through the motions with you. I even get a little watery eyed when I read some parts, but the book that made me well up the most has to be The Night the Angels Came. I love every book and have read them more than once. I even got my sister reading your books and she has them all as well now. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us and doing all you do to help the children you foster thank you
Hi Cathy, I expect that you are really busy and must get a lot of e-mails from people who have enjoyed your books. The first book of yours that I read was ‘Damaged’ and I found it so interesting that it was quickly followed by “Hidden”. I qualified as a social worker in 2013 and I only hope that I can be as much use to the families and other professionals that I work with as the social worker in “Hidden”. I also am considering becoming a foster carer. It was really refreshing to hear about your experiences and the trials and tribulations that you have faced. Thank you so much for a brilliant read! Kind regards
Kerry, UK, 08/10/2014
Hi, I’m a huge fan of your books! I also wanted to say, I think you’re an incredible person to take in all those kids! They’re lucky to have had you as their foster mom! I wish our social services here were as good as yours are! I recently read Please Don’t Take My Baby, I wish they evaluated all teen moms here like they do there! And I wish they had places like Grasslands for teen mothers too. I hope some day to become a foster carer or a social worker. Keep writing those books. I promise I’ll read every single one of them! You guys are WAY ahead with your system than we are!
Sarah, 24, Detroit, US, 07/10/2014
Hi Cathy, I was so pleased to read your book The Child Bride, I didn’t realise it was out until I received an email from the library informing me it was in. I was over the moon. I don’t know how you manage it but you have done wonders for all those children. I have no kids of my own but I have learnt a lot from your books. Keep it up. Love from
Jessica, Australia, 07/10/2014
Hi I have just read Cut and I found it a very moving book. I very sad and happy, had tears at the end, first time reading one of your books am looking forward to reading more as have some on order. Best wishes
Hi Cathy, I just want to say that I am enjoying your books so much that I have reread them at least twice. I always cry at reading Damaged. Jodie’s story is so heartfelt and sad. I have just finished reading Hidden again it made me cry. I have also just ordered your new book from Amazon The Child Bride. Please keep writing, one of my favourites had to Will You Love Me the story of Lucy your adoptive daughter. Many Thanks
Hi Cathy, just finished reading Cut, you had such a tough job with hardly any support from Ruth. Shame Dawns not kept in touch, will keep checking your updates, and always give a good review on Amazon. On my ninth book next. Best wishes to you and your family.
Hi Cathy, I think you are an incredible woman and what you do is amazing. You have changed so many lives and really are an inspiration. I can never put your books down! Your children and of course all the ones you have fostered are so lucky to have you. You have inspired my husband and I to look into fostering ourselves which is something I never thought I would have considered. Already looking forward to the next book. Keep going with them!
Rachel & Ian, England, 06/10/2014
I am 16 years old yet I have been reading your books since I was about 14. I am absolutely in love with your books and how you try and succeed in helping the children you foster. I want to be a social worker when I’m older and reading your books gave me even more reason to become one. I know you are not a social worker but you do give some insight to what they do. I’m looking for colleges at the moment. I really hope you see this email just so you know that even from a young age I have loved your writing. I brought your new book The Child Bride yesterday and I have already finished it. You’re an inspiration. I thank you for writing these books as you gave me the confidence to want to become a social worker
Hi Cathy, Hope you are all well. I finished The Child Bride today. Again you excel in they way you dealt with Zeena and her needs. Again another book that made me cry. I have written a review on Amazon and read the update about Zeena. Kind regards
Julie, UK, 05/10/2014
Hello, Cathy, Few days ago I’ve read your book about Jodie. Your book is great and very interesting, but it’s very frightening to read this story. I am going to take a child from children’s home into my care and your book is very important for me. I must be ready to meet many problems with child’s behaviour. Thank you for your book!
Nina, Russia, 04/10/2014
Hi Cathy, I have wanted to tell you for many years now what an inspiration you are. I have a copy of every book you have released and not one has failed to bring me to tears, happy or sad! You are a special person to care for these children as if they were your own. If only the world had more like you. I want to thank you and also wish you and your family all the health, happiness and good luck in the world. Keep doing what you do.
Hi Cathy, I would like to start by saying I am a huge fan of your books. You are such an inspiration to me. I work with adults with learning difficulties and mental health. When I was younger my mum fostered boys who had been abused. It brings hope to me and many others that there are people like you who care so much. My plan is to foster myself but currently unable due to my age. I hope when the day comes I am half the foster mum you are. You should be very proud of yourself and all your children. All the best
Thank you Cathy I really can’t put your books down. I have read 11 of your books. I have just finished Another Forgotten Child and just started Daddy’s Little Princess.
Kayleigh, UK, 04/10/2014
Hi Cathy and the family I have read the Childs bride in a day. I couldn’t put the book down. I was abused as a child and it still haunts me today. I have had suicidal thoughts have harmed myself in many ways. I read your books for comfort just to know that u and your family are all angels sent from heaven. You were born to do this job. I am so happy that I started reading your books coz they have helped me a lot. My family have been there for me and they have helped me enormously to get where I am today, but your books have also done this, so I would like to say a massive THANK YOU xx
Hi Cathy I read The Child Bride in 2days, Loved it, it was amazing!! I don’t know what I’m going read now as I’ve read them all. Hurry up and write another pls!! You’re amazing and you do an amazing job with fostering never give up!! Kind regards to you
Hi Cathy, Just emailing you as I think you are such a great person for what you do for all the children you foster and I am a big fan. I have all your books and have the new release The Child Bride which I thought was very sad for Zeena. Are u bringing anymore books out after Danny’s story next year.
Katie, UK, 03/10/2014
CG: Hi Katie, thank you. Yes, there will be more books to follow.
Hi Cathy, Hope your well. I have just finished reading Please Don’t Take My Baby and I am half way through Daddy’s Little Princess. I have every one of your books now as you are the only author whose books I cannot put down. I still have Will You Love Me and The Child Bride on my bookshelf ready to read. I hope you and your family are well and thank you for sharing your experiences in your books. You truly are an amazing woman! Thank you
Hello, I received your e-mail about your new release and bought it straight away…..I want to say I cried with happiness for Zeena. A beautiful young lady with more courage then most of the world! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for sharing your story and I think you’re a hero!!!! I must admit I did smile when you explained about Adrian’s girlfriends name lol. Felt lovely. Such an amazing lady Cathy. I admire you still. You must be very proud of your entire family. My best wishes for each day. Yours sincerely
Dearest Cathy, What an amazing dedication you’ve shown through the years. I’m a licensed mental health clinician in the USA and I suppose I’ve read your books more like case studies or case histories with a practiced and educated eye. What strikes me the most is the sad indictment against a system of social services that while at times gets it right, in your books more often than not was an obstacle to overcome. That the children were not offered counseling till after permanency was personally appalling to me with the current recognition and specialization in early intervention and indeed immediate intervention, especially when trauma is involved. I don’t see kids myself, though do practice psychotherapy privately and focus on adult survivors of trauma and abuse. How I wish too their lives could have been spared the pains and tortures! And have had loving, nurturing foster carers such as yourself. You actually reveal quite a lot about yourself in your books, your ever-present optimism being the most apparent of your positive personality traits. That and tapping your tea cup, love of spag bol, and terrific organizational skills! I personally liked hearing of Toscha and realized after the divorce the cat flap must have been re-Cut into your new door! Since your first fostering experience too, you’ve grown into quite the Advocate for your (LAC) children and are not so shy to speak your mind as you first were. Wonderful. I’m privileged that you shared that journey with public.
Dr K, USA, 02/10/2014
Just love your books, they are so inspirational and they are the only books I read.
Hi Cathy, Have just finished reading The Child Bride and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I cannot wait for your next book. Have read all your books and can honestly say I have enjoyed them all. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
Marayna, England, 01/10/2014
Hi Cathy, just finished reading my 7th book of yours, The night the Angels came, such a sad story, still drying my eyes, but glad Michael has lots of loving family and friends. Waiting for my next 3 books from Amazon. Best Wishes,
Hi Cathy, I wrote to you some years ago now, telling you how much I thoroughly enjoy reading your books. Well The Child Bride arrived on Tuesday morning and I have just finished it now. You have such a way with writing that I literally can not put the book down. Hence taking me just over 24hrs to read this one. It is so very sad the stories you write about with these poor children going through things no child should ever have to go through. It is comforting to know that thankfully we have people in this world like you who never give up on the children you look after and without you may have had very different outcomes to their lives. I thank you for being the person you are and commend your 3 wonderful children for their compassion and understanding towards the children you foster. Once again reading your book I cried with sadness about what this poor girl went through and also of happiness to see where she is now. Thank you for sharing these stories. I love every single one. You are one very special lady! With fondest wishes
Hi. Really enjoyed The Child Bride, rated five stars on my kindle. Look forward to reading your next book..
Please Don’t Take My Baby is an amazing story, and what an amazing ending. Good on you Cathy, I’m sure that without your help they could not of done this. Congratulations Jade and Tyler.
Hi, Yet again you have nailed it with The Child Bride but I was horrified at the story. Saw from your website that Zeena is doing really well. I will be reviewing the book on Amazon. Best wishes to you and your family
Hi Cathy, We just finished our first few fostering placements! Lots of training and assessment before we could get started. Our first placement was respite care for a boy with ADHD. He was lovely and it was a very busy hectic weekend. Our second placement finished today. A tiny wee boy arrived at our house only a few hours old. Mum had concealed her pregnancy and decided to place him for adoption. Hard work, but oh so worth it! And such a happy outcome for the little one, as his mummy couldn’t do it and took him home. I must admit to having a little cry when he had gone, it’s amazing how quickly you get attached to these little people. But it’s nice to be able to give my own children a little bit more attention, and we spent a happy afternoon watching tinkerbell and the pirate fairy and eating chocolate! Thank you again for writing your books, I don’t think we would have gone down this road were it not for me reading them and I am so glad we have. Now I finally have time to start my nice new kindle edition of The Child Bride 🙂 Take care Love
Just finished The Child Bride today loved it from first page. Thanks you for sharing this story.
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading your latest book The Child Bride. Yet again I couldn’t put the book down. I have loved each and every book you have written and I will probably love the next one. Thank you for the update on Zeena. I’m proud of her yet I don’t know her. She has done well to carry on with her life, and her love for her siblings was unconditional. Please carry on writing. I truly do love reading your books and I have every single one. Thanks so much.Your loving fan
Angela, UK, 29/09/2014
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading ‘The Child Bride’ which I only bought yesterday afternoon. It’s the 3rd of your books and all three I found impossible to put down. Zeena’s story touched me so much, I read, as I did with the other books’ with tears streaming down my face. I have two daughters and I can’t imagine how anyone could hurt a child. One thing I take from your books more than any other thing is that I will always do my best to ensure my girls know that they can tell me anything. The stories you tell show just how important it is to have great communication with your children, so they know I will always listen and trust what they tell me. Thank you for sharing your family’s stories with the world, the children you write of are amazing and you and your family are heroes. Truly inspirational.
Once again Cathy another brilliant book that I read The Child Bride in 2 days. Keep them coming. It is unbelievable that so much goes on behind closed doors etc. Many thanks
Julie, UK, 29/09/2014
Good morning Cathy, I stumbled across the fact that you had a new book coming out so I pre-ordered it and downloaded it on September 25. I was finished it by the next day. I love your books and how compelling they are to read although I’m always sorry I read them so quickly. I think I’m going to have to start rereading all of your books. Just wanted to tell you that it was another awesome book!! What a story this one was. My god, poor Zeena. I don’t understand how people can be so heartless and cruel. Luckily there are people like you who help to balance out the evil in the world. Another part of your books that I always really enjoy is hearing more about your own kids, how they have grown up and how well they are doing. I saw the update on them on your website’s update on Zeena. You must be a very proud Mummy…they are all doing so well!! Your books bring out all kinds of emotions in me and you are my most favorite author. I hope you will continue to write more books about your fostering experiences and I will purchase each and every one. I know I’ve told you this before but I will say it again (and again and again and again), Cathy you are an angel here on earth. Bless you and the work that you do.
Hi Cathy, I hope you’re having a good Sunday. I’m writing to say I’m in the middle of listening to The Saddest Girl in the World and I love it. The actress does an excellent job with all the voices, particularly showing the transformation of Donna from beginning to end. Will listen to The Child Bride soon and I’d love to hear Another Forgotten Child. I have read that on kindle with voice over but it would be nice to hear it narrated by that extremely talented lady! Thanks.
Hi Cathy, I would just like to say I have now read most of your books. find them revealing, at times emotional, informative & very “readable” I have to say this latest—-Child Bride, for me, has probably provided the most compulsive reading to date of all your books & it is gratifying to see that Zeena is doing so well. She must surely be an inspiration to many young people who are caught up in their cultural conflicts vie a vie modern Western society. I have the utmost regard for the work you do & I must say your family deserves praise as well for their understanding, support & compassion. Keep up the good work & please produce another book ASAP! Yours Sincerely
Beryl, UK, 28/09/2014
I bought your new book The Child Bride and half way through it. I am very much enjoying it. Can’t wait for your next book. They can’t come out quick enough. I think you’re a fantastic author.
Hi Cathy spent all day reading The Child Bride. Just finished. Went on your website to read update. I love your books, have read them all. Keep them coming xxx
Hi Cathy! I just finished reading your newest book. It was awesome just like all the others! I’ve always been curious as to what you look like. I’m sure you are as beautiful as your loving heart is kind. You are truly a wonderful woman and an inspiration to many! Keep up the good work, Cathy! Sincerely,
Rita, Texas, USA, 27/09/2014
Hi Cathy, Just had to let you know how much I enjoyed The Child Bride. I could not put it down as usual, and also nice to read of supportive teams makes such a difference to the fostering experience. We have now left that area of work with regret but also knowing we have made a difference. Keep going and keep writing. Best wishes to you all.
Nicky, UK, 26/09/2014
Hello Cathy, I have recently begun my journey to become a social worker, your books have truly inspired me. Thank you so much I hope you and your family are well xxx Kindest Regards
Charlotte, UK, 26/09/2014
Hi Cathy you truly are an inspirational and wonderful human being. I have read all of your books (which all have a special place on my “Cathy Glass only!” Shelf haha) and having purchased “The Child Bride” yesterday I have to say it was shocking! But really opened my eyes to something I knew nothing about. I can’t wait to read “Saving Danny”. Keep up the good work Cathy you’re an amazing foster carer and mother.
Sarah, UK, 26/09/2014
Dear Cathy, I just wanted to let you know how much I still enjoy your books. The last time I emailed you was a few years back, when I was creating a project for school about foster care after being inspired by your book Hidden (which I must’ve read over a hundred times by now). I’m planning on buying The Child Bride today and expect to finish it rather quickly, like the rest, as I can never put your books down. You’re a brilliant writer and have inspired me to think about becoming a foster carer when I’m older, with someone who would like to experience it with me. I wish you all the best in the future and hope Adrian, Lucy and Paula are well too. Thank you,
Hi I just want to say I have all your books and think you are amazing. I actually feel part of your family when I am reading you books. You seem a lovely person. I have even read all your books over and over again and won’t part with them. Well done in everything you have done. You are one special lady
Your books are amazing, I have read a few and can’t wait to buy your new book The Child Bride. I was a girl in foster care. Love your books and what you do. Keep it up xx
Charlie, UK, 25/09/2014
Hey Cathy, I love reading your books. You’re a brilliant author and a brilliant foster carer! I’ve been fostered for nearly 12 years. Some of your books brought back a lot of memories, and got me thinking at how social services can be very deceiving. I really rate you for what you have done and are continuing too do. I’ve got a brilliant foster mum who is just like you. She got a reward from our local Mayor for been a brilliant foster carer which I’m very great-full for. I I hope you bring out some more books as I love reading them! Thank you for taking your time too read my email, hope too hear from you soon! Xx
Catherine, UK, 25/09/2014
Hello Cathy I’ve emailed u before on a previous book, just finished the e-book of The Child Bride. I loved it, very upsetting but so moving. You’re a wonderful author and person. I’ve read all ur books and can’t wait for more. God bless u and ur family.
Hi, I am in 8th grade and I just turned 14. I haven’t read all of your books, but from the ones I’ve read I had to tell you that I was so inspired. I’ve decided that when I get older I would like to foster or adopt. I also want to be an author. The concept of my book is a little similar to yours, but mine isn’t true. It’s about a girl in an orphanage, and later on she goes to a rehabilitation center after an injury to her back. I would love for you to read it. Anyway, thank you so much for reading this, and say hello to Paula, Lucy, and Adrian for me!
Talia, US, 19/09/2014
Hi Cathy, Just to say I really do like your books, and they really do bring me some sort of comfort when I read them. I am 18 years old, but have been in foster care from the age of 2. I love to write and I have written my own book, but I’ve never got it published. I have written many short stories/books over the years and in a way it’s a comfort thing to do. I have just read your book about Jade and thought it was excellent. You really are my role model. Love
Gem, UK, 19/09/2014
Just finished reading The Child Bride. Really struck a chord with me. I am a British woman but my step-dad converted to Islam and forced me to marry at 15 in an illegal Islamic ceremony in the UK. Thankfully my ‘husband’ was westernised and therefore didn’t try and harm me but he was ten years older than me. He went on to divorce me just months later thankfully. Zeena’s story has encouraged me to speak out (anonymously albeit) about the reality of forced underage marriage. No girl should ever have to go through what she did. I love your work. I plan to be a social worker one day and change lives. I hope I get to work with people as wonderful as you who really care about the children they welcome into their homes. I am in the process of dealing with the ‘abuse’ I suffered and hope one day I can make the call that gets it all out in the open for good.
S, UK, 18/09/2014
Hi! I read your book Damaged a few years ago and keep checking your site for updates about Jodie. That book was amazing! I can’t believe what people put children through! I won’t write much, I was just very curious about her and if you had any updates. Thanks and bless you for your kindness!
Lisa, Georgia, US, 18/09/2014
Hi I’m a very big fan and have read all of your books. I am really exited about The Child Bride. It is great work you are doing and very proud to say I would like to follow in your foot steps. You sound like one of the most caring people there is. My in-laws are foster carers and got me into your books with Happy Mealtimes. This book really helped me out and for that thank you sooo much.. xx
Hello, I feel privileged to be able to write to you. I’m only 16 and have read five of your books. I remember being eight and asking my mum if I could buy one of your books but mum told me I would have to wait until I’m older and to “read something more appropriate for your age”. So until the age of fifteen when I first got hold of one of your book, “Damaged”, I had not ever finished a full book. I would try, I would read all these love stories that are meant to appeal to my age group but I would just get bored and never finish a book. But then after Damaged I was fixed on these true life books, and I won’t read anything else! After reading your books I am set on being a foster carer when I’m older. I want to be able to help Damaged children. So want to say thank you for inspiring me.
Charlie, Gibraltar, 15/09/2014
Hi Cathy, I bought your book About Writing and read it cover to cover. I finished my book and I followed the advice in your book and I got a proposal and everything ready. I put the book on Authonomy and almost every review was positive. This gave me courage to self publish it on Amazon Create Space for Kindle. I have just sold my 100th copy. As a first time author I am thrilled with this result. I wanted to thank you, not only your reply to my original email but for your book with its down to earth advice and style of writing. Best regards
I’m currently reading Damaged whilst waiting on our next foster placement. Your books are truly amazing. I haven’t had much time for reading recently, but I’m trying to catch up.
Sarah, UK, 14/09/2014
I have just read your book Will You Love Me? which was loaned to me by a friend. Now this is not my sort of book, I am more of a thriller reader but, I was fascinated as soon as I started reading it. I wonder how these children who are abused that you read about in the newspapers manage to get through the rigmarole which you describe in this book. I was appalled at the attitude of the first social worker who hindered you and Lucy right from the start. We hear so much about ethnic origins and as you so rightly point out, it is important in some cases, but in the majority it is more important for a child to be loved. So pleased everything turned out well for Lucy, and I shall certainly recommend your book to friends. Thank you.
Joy, UK, 13/09/2014
I have been reading you books for 6 years now and have recently introduced them to my work friend, who is also hooked! Just a quick message to say that your books, individual stories, and heart have driven me to want to become a foster carer. Although I am only 22 years old I have thought about this for a number of years and have never wavered on my future path. This is mainly down to the inspiration your books have given me to make this world a better place. The books are brilliant and as per many of your readers, cannot put them down.
Sunny, UK, 12/09/2014
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading your book Damaged, I also have 3 more of your books on the way to me. You really are a truly amazing person. It’s so sad to read these things are happening to innocent children. Keep up your good work, Best Wishes,
Hi Cathy, I finished I Miss Mummy and loved the ending. I was struggling to read it when I last wrote because of my own personal circumstances. I am much happier now. I have taken charge of my life and have recently made some good decisions. I see my children regularly and am allowed unsupervised contact, sadly they will never live with me and remain safely in permanent foster care. It’s hard to be a mum but I have lovely children. They are supportive of my mental health problems. And are surrounded by family members as well as being embraced by the foster family. I love your books, even though I’m not the best reader. I recently read four of yours!!! I’ve just started A Baby’s Cry. You’re so talented and give a well rounded view of the situation and the people in it. Thank you. I’m really getting myself together and as well as receiving other support I am thankful for your down to earth books for improving my outlook on my life. It’s not so bad really. Kind regards
V, UK, 09/09/2014
Hi Cathy glass I love your books. I can relate to them we’ll as I was in care. I left last year a few weeks before my 18. The first book I read was Cut and that was last year when I was put in a mental health unit. It really helped me focus on getting better and going back to my flat. I think you’re amazing. You have inspired me to write my own book. I wish you was my foster mum. The children you have fostered and Lucy who is now your adopted daughter are very very lucky to have you. I’ve never had that one consistent carer. I just kept being moved from one place to another. Most of the reason I got moved was because I was so angry inside with all the sexual abuse and neglect that happened when I was younger. I found it hard to bond with another family, then when I started starving my self and self harming and overdosing it got even harder for my carers to know what to do. am still the same now don’t think I’ll ever be able to over come the past but reading your books helped.
Hi I’m 19 and like many others after reading your books I’ve been inspired to become a foster carer. I now only need to collect Hidden, The Night the Angels Came, Please Don’t Take My Baby and your new one The Child Bride. I’ve always loved being around children and helping them. I’ve been going through a rough time lately and have been struggling to keep it together but I just sit and read your books, we lost our house yesterday and have got nowhere to live. When I’ve read Donnas story I’m going to have nothing to focus on but I’ll be okay.
Sam, UK, 09/09/2014
Hi Cathy I have just finished Please Don’t Take My Baby. What a great ending. I am now reading Will You Love Me. I admire your work I have now read about 7 of your books xx
Hi Cathy, I have very nearly finished your book – Run, Mummy Run, have enjoyed the book so far and cannot put the book down, waiting to get to the end. I have also read the reviews of your other books and looking forward to reading more of your books in the near future. I fostered a child over weekends but found that when I went to fetch the child again for the next time, the child was sent to another family (there was no consistency in sending the child to the same family). I eventually got frustrated and decided to adopt. I got a little boy. He was with us from two until his death aged 17. As a baby, he was loved by everyone in the family and he had a loving, caring character. However, whilst growing up, we encountered problems with him stealing, lying, aggressiveness and unfortunately, we didn’t get much help from the Social Services. They told us that my child’s problem was very minor to all the other problems which they encountered on a daily basis. He spent a weekend in police custody and a week in a home for undisciplined children. My child pleaded with me to take him back home and that he will reform which I did as I loved him unconditionally. At age 17 he ended his life. It has been a difficult time. I tried all avenues to assist him (psychologists, psychiatrists, social services, religious organizations) to no avail. Reading the synopsis of your foster care books has brought back memories for me. Well done to you for your courage and bravery in giving love and care to the foster care children. Regards,
S, South Africa, 09/09/2014
Dear Mrs Glass, I have just finished reading “The Night the Angels Came” last night. My husband and I are in the very early stages of applying to be foster carers and naturally are trying to read any piece of information relating to foster care we can get our hands on. Our social worker recommended your books, all of which my mum and cousin have read so they’ve passed them on to me. I just wanted to say I admire the way you’ve dealt with the challenges fostering has thrown at you and your family (I’m currently reading “Mummy Told Me Not To Tell”) and can see your books will be our “go to” guides for any challenges we may face once our fostering journey begins. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, I have the rest of your books on order and look forward to reading more about your fostering career. I’m particularly interested in “Please Don’t Take My Baby” as parent and child fostering interests me greatly so I’m hoping to order that next week and get started with it. I can see you becoming a role model for us as we begin our fostering journey. Yours Sincerely
Danielle, UK, 07/09/2014
Hello Cathy, my name is Asma and I’m from Saudi Arabia. I have just finished reading your book “Damaged “It is one of the best, genuine, true stories I have ever read. I’d like to thank you for all the hard work that you do. You’ve inspired me in many ways that I cant even describe. THANK YOU. Also, I thank you for what you did to Jodie, I hope that she’s doing well, as well as you and your lovely family. Please excuse my bad writing as you may already know, English is not my mother language. Lots of love
Asma, Saudi Arabia, 06/09/2014
Hello, bought my first book of yours on Saturday, ‘Please Don’t Take My Baby’. I am 100% sure I will continue to buy these books as you are an inspiration. The book really touched a part of me. I think you are wonderful. I would love to be a foster-carer. After reading your book it sounds like such a rewarding job! Please…. Keep the books coming! love
Hi Cathy I’ve just finished reading Please Don’t Take My Baby. I think you are a wonderful lady with a heart of gold. I’ve read The Night the Angels Came, Daddy’s Little Princess, The Saddest Girl in the World and A Baby’s Cry. I first heard of your books in Take a break about 3 years ago. The Night the Angels Came was the first book of yours I read. I’m looking forward to your next book. Best wishes
I have just enjoyed you book Damaged and look forward to reading the rest. I am kinder fostering and hope next year to do mainstream fostering. Hope I do a marvellous job like you
Hi Cathy, Just finished reading your book, “A Baby’s Cry” which was a true inspiration to read. I think your an absolute amazing foster carer, the story was so touching for you and Harrison’s mother. I was in tears at you and your children having to give him up. Must have been so hard. I have just read the update on Rihanna and think that’s just perfect. Thank you for sharing your stories. I must say I love every one I read. I came across A Baby’s Cry when my grandma gave it to me as she also loves to read. I couldn’t believe how young your children are in this one as I’ve read other and they’ve left home. Kind Regards
Demi, UK, 02/09/2014
Hi Cathy, I have just finished your book ‘A Baby’s Cry’ while on holiday and it was absolutely fantastic. This is the first book I have read of yours and I can’t wait to read the rest of your collection. You sound like such a wonderful, caring and inspirational lady. You and your children should be very proud of yourselves. All the best for the future,
Jade, UK, 01/09/2014
Hi, I have read 7 of your books in the last few weeks and I am going out tomorrow to buy the rest. Your books are so moving and you are an inspiration. I was just wondering if you are bringing any more books out and if you are still fostering? Best wishes
Lucy, UK, 01/09/2014
CG: Thank you, Lucy. Yes, I am still fostering and writing. My new book, The Child Bride is out 25 September.
Hi Cathy I have just finished reading Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. I think you’re amazing. You never once gave up on Reece, not like the head teacher did at first. You helped him in as many ways as possible. I am glad to read at the end of the book he has got a family and doing so well. I can not wait to read another one of your books. I can not put them down. You’re a lovely lady and have lovely children that have supported you through fostering. I am looking forward to reading another one of your books xxx
Hi I’m a big fan of your books. I have read so far Cut, Daddy’s Little Princess, Another Forgotten Child, The Saddest Girl in the World, Run Mummy Run, A Baby’s Cry, and I’m about to read Please Don’t Take My Baby. They are fantastic stories but at the same time sad as to what these children have gone through. I’m not a big reader and your books are the first books I have ever read. I am enjoying every one of them, also when I have read one I go on to the updates to see how they have got on xx
Hello Cathy, When I was 13 I bought my first ever true story book and ever since I have not been able to read fiction stories. I stumbled across your book Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. Being 18 just out of high school I had no idea what I was going to do with myself, and reading that book has inspired me to become a foster carer. I have just bought your books, Please Don’t Take My Baby, Another Forgotten Child, Damaged and Hidden. I have just finished reading Please Don’t Take My Baby and I have come to the conclusion that you are most probably that strongest woman I have ever stumbled across. Being young and reading all the things you have helped people with have really opened my eyes. I have told a lot of people about your books and have read Mummy Told Me Not To Tell at least 5 times. You really are an amazing person. I am currently starting your book Another Forgotten Child and I have just bought all of your books that I don’t have, online, and I really am looking forward to reading them. I would like to thank you for opening my eyes and my mind. I hope one day to be just like you and help younger people. Thank you.
Ash, 19, Australia, 30/08/2014
I cannot begin to express how much I love reading your books, I am a 23yr old female with 3 young children under 6 years old and I suffer with slight anxiety. Reading your books takes my mind off of my health anxieties and makes me so happy to see how much you change children’s lives. I have only read “Please Don’t Take My Baby” & “Daddy’s Little Princess” and I intend buying all of them when I have enough money. Thank you ever so much for becoming an inspirational woman and you deserve better than John. Take Care.
Dear Cathy, I just finished reading your book, Damaged and although this is a first for me to do, wanted to write to you to offer yet another reader’s praise, not only for the book, but for what you have done and continued to do for children in need. Originally, I had purchased the book for my daughter and after reading it she passed it on to my oldest daughter and then myself. I know you have had many accolades and praise for your work and more books written, but I wanted to add my voice to say how wonderful you are and how much of a gift you are to this world. You are in a small minority of those who care and love and this is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your stories, your knowledge, patience and love with the rest of us, broken and imperfect. This world and the children you have touched are blessed to have met, known and been with you. (This note has been difficult to write without sounding trite, insincere or saccharine, but I was compelled and wanted you to know how impact your story was.) God Bless You, Cathy. Warmest regards,
Elizabeth, Canada, 29/08/2014
Hey Cathy, I have just finished your book ‘Damaged’. I really enjoyed it and I personally felt the pain and suffering of this young girl. I’m 17 and in foster care myself and I can relate to many things in this book. This book has shown me that I’m not alone and never will be, that there is always help. It is so amazing to read about other troubled children and hear their stories. I thank you for all that you did for Jodie and hope that she is going great, as well as you and your family. Lots of love and thanks,
Dear Cathy, Finished reading “Hidden” within 6 hours in between burning lunch and preparing it all over again. I now feel like Tayo is my child! You are an amazing writer. I appreciated the way you brought illegal immigration as another reason for child abuse. I would never have thought that we had child labour in the UK! Illegal immigration is something I have experienced personally and lived that way for 10 years. Your story jump started me into starting on a memoir. My focus is on the decisions I and others I know made purely because of being illegally here and the human cost. The actions we took completely smashed the principles and moral boundaries that we were so strictly raised upon back home in Africa. Am now legally here and itching to tell my tale, thanks to you. Kind regards
Ruth, UK, 22/08/2014
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading another of your books, completing the fourth one, I have found every one very moving. You are a lovely lovely lady, and without you these children may never have got through their tough lives. You are truly an inspiration. I really don’t know how you do it. It must rip at your heart strings with every child that comes through your door. Please always keep up this truly marvellous job you do. You should be very proud of yourself and your family. Love to you all X
Gillian, UK, 22/08/2014
Hi Aunt Cathy, (is this ok) I’m just 14. I’m from Sri Lanka. Last Monday I got one of your book as a gift from my mom. Actually it is a ‘sinhala’ version of Damaged. I don’t have words to express my feelings. You are great. Only that word I have to tell you. When I read the last part of ‘Damaged’ book I felt crying because of your writing style. It was so awesome.
Annieraz, Sri Lanka, 22/08/2014