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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Hi Cathy, I’ve just finished reading your book ‘The Child Bride’, absolutely loved it! What an amazing person Zeena is & doing so well. I’ve read lots of ‘cultural’ books of this nature & find the stories very sad but fascinating, I wish Zeena a life time of best wishes & happiness, she’s deserves it! Being a counselling myself I love to hear of peoples strength & positive futures after such tragedies, many of my clients find this during their counselling, fantastic & helps for a strong, positive future in their own lives & situations. I’m ready to start your next book now. Thank you for your excellent books & your work is pronominal. Well done to you. Kind regards
Hi Cathy, I do hope you are keeping well. I simply love reading your books. I read “The Child Bride” last month and I am currently three quarters of the way through “Saving Danny”. I have diarised the date of your next release so I don’t miss it. I have read all your books and I have to say, although I do believe I have said it before… you are one truly amazing woman! I have recently read your updates too. Although I am 48 years of age, it’s only since reading your books that I am aware I had an amazing childhood / upbringing with two amazing parents and younger brother. I often think about this when reading what the children you foster have been through. I am, without a doubt, very privileged. You have so much love for children who are not your children – that takes someone very special and goodness knows where we’d be if we didn’t have people like you in this world, it doesn’t bear thinking about! I work in the area of mental health, safeguarding both children and adults so I see and read reports, first hand; there are some horrific instances and some horrible people in this world. YOU MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE! I hope Adrian, Paula and Lucy are all well. I feel like I know them personally, having read all your books and your updates!! Have a wonderful weekend and take care of yourself Please continue with your writing – I am one very appreciative reader! Very best wishes
Sue, UK, 06/11/2015
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to say I’ve been reading your books for years and you truly are amazing. I’ve wanted to be a foster parent since I was a teenager and your books inspire me every time I read them! I have not done so yet- but one day I hope I will. I work with young adults with learning disabilities at the moment and I feel I can relate to your caring nature. Please keep writing and being amazing! Thank you.
Hello Cathy, I have just finished Girl Alone and can honestly say, I have read all your books and love them, in fact, they have helped me. After my daughter was born and my son, I was in a bad relationship, and my children were with an amazing foster career. A lot of people were angry, and I said it isn’t their fault, I was the one that done wrong. I got praised for that. So thank you for giving me an insight to foster caring. I’m not going to lie, I can not stand social services, though there is some good ones, but I will always back up foster careers. Thank you for being an inspiration 🙂 Kind regards and love to you and kids
Dear Cathy, Another great read. You certainly have something, as all your foster children eventually open up to you. You are a very caring person, if only more people were more like you, it would be a better place to live.
Jeanette, UK, 04/11/2015
I have just finished reading your book Girl Alone. Brilliant book and the 1st book I have read by you. Shall be reading all your books. A very good read. Regards
Dear Cathy Glass, You are one of my biggest inspirations in life. I have read all of your books and have laminated all the covers of the books to prevent them from becoming dirty or creased. I truly admire you see you. I now want to become a foster carer in future and I hope to become like you one day. Words cannot express how much I admire you and how much you have influenced me. Your books are truly remarkable and once I begin to read them I cannot put them down until I have finished them. The passion you have for your job is astonishing and it really makes me think that there should be more people like you out there. You are an angel and you deserve to be treated like a queen because you are one. I hope you and your family stay blessed. Lots of love
Hi Cathy, Just read Girl Alone, and like all your books l could not put this one down either. Poor Josh, she had to deal with three awful situations all before she was 15, but as normal with your help and support she managed it. Cannot wait for the next book in Feb 2016. Keep writing
Karen, UK, 30/10/2015
Dear Cathy, Thank you for writing your book “About Writing and How to Publish” it is very helpful indeed and I keep referring to it. I think it is very kind of you to help and give advice to other aspiring writers. I admire the way you have written so many bestselling books, each story is so much different from the other. I know that writing is a craft and have to say that you are a master of that craft, exceedingly skilled and your books remain at the top of the bestseller list for ages. You are an inspiration to us all as a kind and caring mother, foster carer and person. Thank you once again, your help and advice has meant a lot to me and is very much appreciated. Best Wishes
Dear Cathy, I just finished reading your book Girl Alone and I really loved it. As soon as I started reading it I was very interested in it and I didn’t want to put the book down. What I really love is how you tried to protect Joss from the danger that she’d put herself in and I agreed with everything you’ve said. I was also glad to see how she changed near the end of the book which made me so happy and made me want to hug her. You remind me of a teacher who is caring and understanding just like you. She has been there for me through the toughest times. I am hoping to read more of your books soon since I loved Girl Alone. Thank you for writing this book and thank you for making reading one of my favourite hobbies. Love from
Alex, 15, 28/10/2015
Hi Cathy, I love all your books. I’m very interested in foster care. I love your latest book Girl Alone. I’m glad everything worked out. I think your do an awesome job looking after children who need it. I look forward to reading more of your books I also enjoy hearing about your children.
Hi Cathy Just finish reading Will You Love Me. Just want to say it was amazing to read Lucy’s story. It was an emotional ending. I’m so happy that you gave Lucy the family she always wanted. While reading it you can feel the pain and how upset Lucy was. It made me tear up at the end when I found out you adopted Lucy. Well done for all your work. Keep it up.
Hi Mrs. Cathy, I really love your books because they are true stories which give me a life about children’s. They really move me and uplift but one of the book I love is Damaged, it make me cry like I feel the pain, sadness, suffer and darkness of a child. I salute foster carers like you, who always find a way to unlock and your unconditional love. You let Jodie feel safe and gave her the warmest love of a mother. You are so blessed to have children like Adrian , Paula and Lucy. You’re my author and I’m one of the people who idolize you. God bless you, Cathy.
Hi your books are brilliant, my mum loves them too x
Hello Cathy I have just read The Child Bride. it was superb. I recently read the one about Rotherham abuse which is shocking Your book is one I will read again I hope Zeena made it. You should be proud it was part down to you .I worked in AE in Rotherham and on many occasions Asian girls would come in self harming and drinking bleach. How I wish I had more time to talk to the girls, may be the Rotherham abuse would have been identified earlier. You are a very special lady. Warmest regards
Glynis, UK, 25/10/2015
Dear Cathy, I just wanted to tell you what a remarkable lady you are. All the love and care you have given to children all those years is unbelievable. I have read all your books! Everyone has made me cry! You certainly have made such a big big difference to a lot of sad children. Your own children sound lovely, including Toshca! At the moment I am reading girl alone. I wish you a long and happy life. Congratulations on your new book and future ones. All the best to you, and your lovely family. Kind regards
Dear Cathy, I just bought your book Saving Danny and I love it. I need to tell you I had a child that was taken away from me at six weeks old and was placed in foster care. The end result was that family adopting her and me still seeing her but your book has touched my heart and reminded me of my story. I am almost done with the book and wanted to thank you for the good you have done. God bless you.
Dearest Cathy, You have truly touched me, you are so inspiring and a wonderful strong role model. Foster care in one thing I defiantly want to do in my life, reading your books makes me want to foster all that much more! I am not sure what I am going to do when I have finished all your books I have currently read approximately 11 of your life stories, your caring nature and your children’s support is overwhelming! Thank you so much for sharing.
Kirsty, Australia, 20/10/2015
Hi Cathy, I have started to read some of your books and they are amazing and if anyone asked me what book to read I would say Cathy Glass without a doubt. Thank you
Hi Cathy, I am on the last 20 pages of girl alone at the moment and I just can’t put it down. I can’t imagine how worried, stressed and lots of other emotions you were feeling. This is the first book of yours that I have read and I am sure it won’t be the last. I have just started to read books like this and it has been a great influence, next I am going to read Will You Love Me? I am reading Girl Alone for a project in school but I am definitely going to read others, they are so gripping and you feel connected to the characters. Thank you
Hey Cathy, I’m a foster child as well, and recently I’ve been introduced to your books by my carer. So far, I’ve read ‘Damaged’ and I’m currently reading ‘Will You Love Me?’. I just wanted to say your books are amazing and the fact how I can relate to the foster children are even better. Can you please tell Lucy I said hi? I really got she felt when she first arrived at your place. Thank you so much for releasing the truth and making so many people aware of what fostering is really like. I appreciate it so much along with your books. Thank you! I hope you get this email soon. From,
Hi Cathy, I have just spent the past few days reading 2 of your books, they are so gripping and it’s amazing to read about the lives of the children you have cared for, how is all of the torture they endure so unknown to the outside world? I feel like I know you and your family so well, it’s a comfort to me to read about your family. I instantly fell in love with your style of writing. I know you’re very busy, but I hope you will have the time to read my email. Thank you, Kindest regards and warm hugs,
Jessie, Hong Kong, 16/10/2015
Hi. I have just finished reading Girl Alone so decided to look on your updates. I thought I had read all your real life stories until I notice The Girl in the Mirror. Within 5 minutes it was ordered. I love your stories you and your family are amazing. It’s sad that they don’t all keep in touch but like you say some like to leave that part of their life behind them. Keep up the good work. All my love…take care
Ali, UK, 15/10/2015
Hi Cathy, I have read Will You Love Me? I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic job you have done on caring for Lucy and fighting to keep her with you. I’m in the process of starting Run, mummy, run and will be getting the rest of your books. Keep doing the amazing job you are doing. I look forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards
Stephanie, UK, 15/10/2015
Hi Cathy!! I was just recently on vacation and my mom Erin was reading your book” Will You Love Me”. I think she liked it but she did not get the chance to finish it, because I took it to read for school. I loved your book so much. Lucy’s story reminds me so much of my story. You see when I was 10 I was placed in foster care for the first time. I had one brother and two sisters who also where put in care. We did not move around as much as your daughter Lucy but we had? Like I said I am 17, I have two amazing parents finally. It has been awhile since I have had such a great home. They adopted my little brother who is 14 and my little sister who is 11. My other sister is 16 but she did not want to live with us because at our last foster home they where so mean to her. She found a great family that adopted her too so it is okay. I just want you to know that I want to be a social worker because in care I felt like the workers do not care what the kids want just what they want. I read in your story that Lucy had a worker just like that too. Wow we have a lot in common. But I think that the system needs better workers who care what the child wants and I hope that I can do that one day. Thank you so much for your books they are so great!!!! Can’t wait to read more of yours. And btw I was thinking about writing my own book. If you have any suggestions on how I should start that would be great. I know you might not read this or even get it but it would be so great if you did.
Emma, 17, USA, 15/10/2015
Hi Cathy, Just wanted to email you to say thank you for the books. I am a third year social work student and I have learnt some key terms and information from your books in terms of child protection. I first found your books around a year ago and continue to tick them off once I have read them. I am hooked and love how honest they are, the way you write is so easy to read, although I do find some chapters hard when reading about what has happened to some children. However they have opened my eyes in terms of what goes on in the world and feel it has prepared me better for my practice as a future social worker. Many thanks again and for the incredible work you have done over the years! Kind Regards and Best Wishes,
Chelsea, UK, 14/10/2015
Hi Cathy, Have just finished reading about Joss. What a massive change in her from when she came to you till she left. Once again you excel. You should have an obe or mbe for what you d. I have put a review on Amazon. Take care
Julie, UK, 13/10/2015
Hi. I have the exact same story as Jodie in Damaged. However, I was never really rescued. Although Social Services was involved at times everything was ignored or looked over. I finally left home when I was 15. Lived on the streets for a while, then married a man like my father. Left him and was alone for a while. There is much more to my story; however, the ring of paedophiles, pictures, videos etc. still haunt me. To this day I do not allow my picture to be taken. I have had many hospitalizations, therapy and bad times. But I move on thanks to my wonderful husband and children. The story you wrote was touching. I am glad that she had you. So many of us didn’t. I continue to read your stories and am amazed at how courageous you and your children are. Thank you!
Virginia, Canada, 12/10/2015
Hello Ms.Glass, I am pleased to say you are now my most favourite author in the entire world. I’ve never had a favourite author, just favourite books. I read any chance I get. When I read, I’m in another world. I’m safe with my books. Even if they’re on my phone, as all of yours are. As soon as I get enough money I will surely be buying a paperback copy of every book you have out. In the last 8 days, I have read 7 of your books. One right after the other. I keep asking my mom to get me money to buy them. The stories of these children are very moving and being a committed babysitter since I was 10, I relate greatly. I just finished “Please Don’t Take My Baby”. I really enjoy reading the books out of order. Hearing about Adrian and Lucy and Paula at different ages each time is so exciting. I just wanted to say hello and if you replied to this email, I would forever be grateful. You are a hero, my hero. Thank you for your time.
Carly, 17, USA, 12/10/2015
Dear Cathy, I have just read “Girl Alone” and had to write and say how much I admire your tenacity and devotion to helping your foster children. As I have said before you are a very special person and have made such a difference to so many lives. I admire you and the work you do and know that I could never do what you do. Your book, like all previous ones, is very readable and I could not put it down. Keep up your good work. Best wishes
I’ve read Girl Alone and so has my mum and we had difficulty putting it down. Loved the book. Poor Joss. The things she went through but because of you she came out the other side. I’m glad she got justice in the end. Keep up the good work Cathy.
Hi Cathy, I am half way through your book about Joss and felt like I should share some of my experiences with you. I was abused as a child by a neighbour for many years and finally blurted it out to my mum when I was 13 after he had moved out. Naturally my parents blamed themselves but I never did. Somehow, when I left his company I forced myself to act normal and became very adept at maintaining a happy and normal appearance. Abusers are cunning and able to find a chink in their victim’s armour. I am in my 30s now and have finally overcome my mental health condition and am at peace and living a fantastic life. Although I never got justice in the legal sense I know the shame is on my abuser. The abuse was horrific but I’ve met some amazing people and become a more compassionate person because of it. Sometimes you have to live through the dark to appreciate the light. My warmest wishes to you. You are changing the world although you may not realise it!
Hi, Cathy. I have read almost all of your books, and absolutely love all of them. I can relate to them so well as I’m also a foster mother here in the USA. I’ve fostered 12 children long term for more than 20 years, as well as working full time, and adopting 3 children with special needs. It’s been an eye opener reading all the differences between our countries. Your books are so well written and totally absorbing, I can’t put them down!!! I’ve never written to anyone before, and type with one finger!!! Looking forward to reading your latest book when it comes out in Feb here. Take care Cathy, and keep writing. Sincerely
Diana, USA, 08/10/2015
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading Girl Alone and I wanted to say thank you so much for believing Joss and helping her talk to the police. I was sexually abused by my father for years. My mother knew but did nothing to stop it. She used to say it must have been my fault. I’m so glad that Joss had you to tell. I am sure you have changed the course of her and her brother’s life, so thank you again 🙂
This is just a quick email to let you know how much of an inspiration you are! You’re an amazing mother and an exceptional foster carer! I have recently purchased and read all of your books and I am completely in love with each and every one of them! They are all so sad, but you always seem to be the light at the end of the tunnel for most of not all of the children that you foster! Good on you! And good on your children too! They sound (from the books) like amazing children! You are all so lucky to have each other! Kind regards,
Rosie, UK, 07/10/2015
Oh Cathy, I just read your update on Ryan , My Dad’s a Policeman how very sad for the boys. The poor woman, I’m happy she beat it for her children. God bless the boys and I hope their mum who did obviously love and care for them is happy and watching over them and the success they are xxxx
Hello, I started reading your books a few years ago, and may I say how amazingly outstanding they are! I’ve never been able to put a single one of your books down since the day I picked it up. You’re such an inspirational woman and you’re my inspiration to try and help children. I’m 17 years old and working full time in a nursery that I love. Children are my passion and I wish one day to become someone so wonderful like you! Thank you so much! Kind Regards,
Rachel, UK, 06/10/2015
Cathy, have just posted my Amazon review on your new book Girl Alone. I know I have said this to you before and I bet all your fans think they are your biggest fan but I actually am. I admire the way you are with the children that you foster. I hope someday to be a foster carer and I hope I can be intuitive of the child’s feelings. Your ability to create a safe place for all these children is amazing. Your children are so accepting and supportive of each child despite their behaviour towards you although I was pleased to see Lucy put Joss in her place when the language used towards you was awful. Through reading your books we have watched Lucy grow into an amazing young lady. She can relate to the children perhaps in a way that an adult can’t yet she is your biggest supporter. Adrian and Paula have always been so accepting and so brilliant it comes over in your writing but you are very obviously proud of your three children and with good reason. I hope this email finds you well. I hope that you continue to let us in and tell these children’s stories. I have no doubt that by doing so you educate so many people and perhaps make a foster carer a better and more supportive one through your words. I look forward to reading your next book. Love to all your family from a Mum who hopes to be a better person from the examples you all set.
Hi Cathy, I hope you and your family are all keeping well. I have just finished your latest book (Girl Alone) and in my opinion, it has been your best book yet! I have read all your books and this one was so gripping. You worked your wonderful magic yet again and made Joss a reformed character! All the very best.
I’ve read a few of your books you’re a good writer. You gave me a way to teach the times table if I ever have kids of my own. Well I’d just thought I’d email you hope you have a chance to reply soon.
Dear Cathy, I have just read two of your books Hidden & I Miss Mummy. First may I compliment you and your team on two fantastic books that both broke my heard but for nice reasons. You made me cry openly. I will read a third book Damaged as friends have told me how good it is. So from the bottom of my heart thank you for some great reading.
Carol, UK, 05/10/2015
Hi Cathy!! How are you? I hope you are fine. When I read the book Cut (which I finished it 2 days ago) Adrian was a very little baby. I could imagine him. Anyways… I TOTALY LOVE YOUR BOOKS!! I can’t wait to get another book by you! I just finished reading ‘Cut’ and I cried my eyes out! I hope dawn is okay now that she got all the help she needed. I’m planning to become an author, and you are my BIGGEST inspiration. You are also my all-time favourite author!! I wish you all the best x with love
Just finished this brilliant book (Damaged). I hope that she makes contact one day and what an inspiration you are. Regards
Jane, UK, 04/10/2015
Hi Cathy, I hope you don’t mind the random e-mail. I have just finished reading your “Please Don’t Take My Baby” and I had to tell you that I thought it was so beautifully written as are all of your books. Such a moving and heart warming story. Thank you. Kind regards,
Again I read another your story book called ‘The Child Bride’. I’m so sad about Zeena. But she is very strong minded child. I’m so happy she was in University student. Actually ”Every Cloud Had A Silver Lining”. I love all your books keep up the good work both with your writing and fostering, I wish you all well. Thank You. Very Best Wishes
Hi Cathy, I have completed the book Girl Alone and found it amazing what that poor girl went through. Your books have made me realise what some children actually go through in there life, and makes me great full for everything my mum did for me. Keep up the good work and look forward to your next book. Thanks
Hi Cathy How are you? I think you are fine. I finished reading Will You Love Me. It is very sensitive. Lucy is very lucky. She has a good family because you are very good. I think she is fine. By the way this weekend I spent with my parents and brothers. I am a University student so I can’t go home every day because I am in hostel. So Cathy I like email to you because you are one of my favourite author. I think it is not trouble to you. I haven’t good English knowledge. Sorry for that. I read your books in Sinhalese. It is my mother language. I try to improve my English knowledge because I want to express my ideas and comment about your books.
Rameehsa, Sri Lanka, 30/09/2015
Dear and beloved Cathy, I’ve just finished reading Damaged. It’s horrendous and shocking. Your patience, tolerance, determination, hope and love are “inhuman”, so to speak. You claim “I am no psychologist” as if you wished you had been. Thank God you are not. At best, you would have achieved nothing. At worst, you would have added insult to injury. I could tell you stories about first hand experiences of psychologists and therapists. Much love and respect,
Dear Cathy. I am a music teacher and have worked closely with a child who is in foster care. He has come such a huge way since I first met him. He was a very angry young man and previously couldn’t connect with teachers-particularly female-down to his lack of trust in women and sadness in his early childhood. Music has become a big part of his life and has shaped and guided him into a fantastic young man. He meant a great deal to me and inspired me to read your stories. Over the summer holidays I wanted to find some real life reading about children in foster care and came across your books. I want to say thank you for all your stories which have moved me to tears on numerous occasions. They also highlight many issues that social care and education face on a daily basis, stressing the important influence foster carers, social workers and teachers have on young people today. I read your entire collection over the summer and have just completed ‘Girl Alone’ – all of which are not just beautifully written, but inspirational. Thank you for giving me your insight into fostering and I am already eagerly waiting your next book! Kind regards
Hi! I am a reader of your Saving Danny book! I love your book. I typed this email….to wish you a good luck! for your future writings. Hope you will be able to help many more children!!!!!! Loving reader.
Have just this minute finished your latest book, Girl Alone. Another fantastically written book. Your books were the talk of my Macmillan Coffee morning which I held last week. What a shame that such things still happen to children, but they are lucky to have people like you to help them through their problems. Keep up the good work and carry on with your writing. I will be watching for your next book arriving on the shops shelves.
Julie, UK, 27/09/2015
I read all of your books and cry at the same time! Your books affect me so much and make me understand the real world. Your inspired me in so many ways….. May god bless you.
Hi Cathy, Greetings and best wishes to you and yours. Just finished reading Joss’s story…gosh what a brave girl she was and also how brave Kevin was too. It’s awful that some children have to go through so much….at least it was another person who had you to help guide and help her to work through things. Congrats on another fantastic read. Regards
Hayley, UK, 25/09/2015
Dear Cathy, after waiting patiently for months I’ve finally read ‘Girl alone’ and it was definitely worth the wait. As with every other book of yours I have read I couldn’t put it down! A few of my work colleagues read your books also. Can’t wait until the next one is out! I know the next one is out next year , and I hope you will write many more!
Kirsty, UK, 25/09/2015
Hi Cathy, It’s Janet (Nanny iPad). Hope you are well. I have just read Girl Alone and must say it’s a very good read. I had to finish it so it took me two days. Hence no housework done. I also spotted another one of your books Please Don’t Take My Baby, so I will make a start on that one tonight and I look forward to getting the other books you have written. My best wishes.
Nanny iPad, 25/09/2015
Hiya Cathy Glass, I am in a mental health unit on a section. I have read all of your books now and can’t wait to read more. I thought I may even find it triggering, I attempted to end my life on a lots of time from the aged of 16/ 17 suicide. But now I’m doing loads much better here. They are helping me to cope with my flashback and learn be better way to cope. I just wanted to say thank you. You are an amazing person and I look forward to reading many more of your books. I wish each and every one of your foster children a life full of love and peace and I hope they all find it. I think u and ur family r amazing. I am also been writing poem since I was thirteen.
Leanne, 27, UK, 24/09/2015
Hello Cathy! I bought one of your books over the Internet because in Brazil no other copies beyond the book with the story of Jodie. So, I just got my driving lesson and my mother tells me that a book came to me! When I opened the package, it was your book! I’m so happy to have arrived at my house!!! When I finish reading the book that arrived today, I’ll buy all your other books on Amazon because I know now that it is a secure site and that the order arrives it. I’m so happy and as I have told you about it, you’re my favourite writer! You are an incredible human being! I love you Cathy. With love from your fan and Brazilian reader.
Larissa, Brazil, 24/09/2015
Hi Cath, I started to read your latest book tonight and haven’t been able to put it down. I’m sure you hear it all the time but from reading your books you have helped me parent my children better by your different approaches to challenging behaviour. Where my children are just been children with my history it sometimes is hard to deal with, but using some of the techniques you describe in your books it work and we have more positive outcomes and a happier mum and happier children. I still struggle around giving my children the maternal love that a mum should give. I feel this is because I never had it so I have had to learn to be able to give that love. Abuse is a horrible thing for anyone however I know myself sexual abuse is horrible and even more so when you know the person an they are meant to protect you. I feel very much that from reading your books it has also give me personally some coping strategies to deal with my past. Thank you so much and I look forward to your next book.
Hi Cathy it took me one day to read Girl Alone, I was very nearly late for work that night I was so engrossed in it. I think you had great patience with Joss. Another great book from you. I look forward to your next book. Yours
Hi Cathy, Girl Alone was another insight in the way young people respond to abuse and emotional neglect, and how so often this response can be taken as poor and deviant behaviour. Your patience and faith in Joss, and ability to listen to her, along with your family’s willingness to see the child in her rather than angry teenager she was portraying eventually allowed Joss to open up about what had happened to her. I work as a custody sergeant, each of my working shifts being 12 hours in police custody, and have gained insights from all of your books about the importance of listening to young people, and looking beyond the behaviour they are immediately displaying and trying to establish some of the causes behind it. Joss was incredibly brave to give evidence against her abusers and her strength in doing this protected other young girls from similar crimes against them. Thank you for such an emotive and informative read.
Chris, UK, 23/09/2015
Cathy I have just finished your latest book (Girl Alone) and I just couldn’t put it down. I have read all your books and they draw me into your world ( I live the story with you and your family). I can’t wait for your next book. Keep up the good work. God bless.
Jan, UK, 22/09/2015
Hi Cathy I cant even describe how much I love and adore you and your books. You’re an amazing woman and I would love to be like you. I’m 17 and I admire you so much. You are my role model in life. You’re so inspirational and your books are so moving. I read Girl Alone in 5 hours. I just couldn’t stop reading. Send my love to you and your family. I can’t wait for you’re next book. Thanks
Dear Cathy, I’m 17 years old and I live in a care home. Two days ago, I bought Girl Alone and already I have almost finished it. It is the first book of yours I have read but it won’t be the last! I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy it when I first read it, and thought I may even find it triggering, however I immediately became immersed in the world of Joss and her bravery throughout what must have been a devastating time for her. I felt my heart ache as she revealed more and more of her story to you, but with each page, I related to her more. I was sexually abuse and then became involved in an abusive relationship, and continued on a spiral of depression and self destruction. At 15, I attempted suicide twice before being admitted to a psych unit. I’m doing so much better here. They are helping me to work through my trauma. For the first time in 7 years, I have a burning determination to survive. Your books show the other side of the care system; the carers, and you write with such empathy and compassion that it’s clear you care very much for those you foster. Often, I find it difficult to understand how my carers could possibly enjoy what they do, and sometimes I doubt that they really care at all but it’s clear from your writing that it is entirely possible. They’re not my parents, or even my family at all, but maybe they do care. Joss sounded like such a courageous girl, and so very strong. She used so many self destructive methods as a coping mechanism, but her determination (however subtle it appeared) clearly drove her to change her life around for the better. She’s an inspiration, and I hope wherever she is, she’s leading the life she really does deserve. Thank you for reading this, and I’m so sorry it’s so long.
Abi, 17, UK, 21/09/2015
Hello Cathy, I received Girl Alone in the mail today, and finished reading it less than half an hour ago. It was a wonderful read – definitely worth the wait – but it was incredibly difficult for me to read, as I have been through frighteningly similar situations. Joss’s strength has encouraged me to start studying again. I have my end of school exams starting in three weeks, and I was very lax about it – not studying at all pretty much. But I read Joss’s story and thought ‘If Joss can do it, why can’t I?’ I’m hoping to start University in 2016, and obviously need good marks for it. This book renewed my energy to study. and I have vowed to do my absolute best, and study every day, which is new for me. Thank you so much for writing the book that would change my perspective on school. Thank you Cathy. Much love,
Dear Cathy, Thank you so much for all your wonderful books, I so enjoy them. You write so well l can’t put them down when l get them. l then pass them on to my daughter in law who in turn loves them. I feel l know your family and home so well without meeting you. Thank you so much. Regards to you and your family
Hi I recently started reading your books after just buying them on a whim, your books have changed my opinion on the social services quite rapidly and even helped me get over personal issues. It’s encouraged me to take a future path in social work, so thanks!
Angel, UK, 20/09/2015
Hi, I read all of your books and love them all. Girl Alone is really gripping and hard to put down. I can’t wait to be able to pre order your next book. One of your big fans
Hi Cathy, still loving the books, just read my fourth one now…Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. Glad Reece ended up in a loving home. You did so well with him and helped him. It’s great that you give updates on the children. Keep bringing on the books, can’t get enough of them.
Linda, UK, 20/09/2015
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to say thank you, the children you have helped to work through their abuse, their nightmares, and you never give up on them. I have read every one of your beautifully written books, and have sat and read with emotions ranging from revulsion to absolute inspiration. You are a breath of fresh air, the way you explain why you ask or don’t ask questions, how you draw a child to open up themselves and let you in so you can help them is nothing short of amazing. You are an amazing person and I look forward to reading about many more children you have helped. I wish each and every one of your foster children a life full of love and peace and I hope they all find it. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us the readers,
Nicci, UK, 20/09/2015
Hey Cathy, Got Girl Alone the other day, and read it as soon as I got home. I couldn’t put it down at all. Keep up with the good books.
Hi, I have just finished reading my 4th book of yours. I have read Damaged, Cut, The Night the Angels Came and A Baby’s Cry. They have all been good. I cannot believe what these children have gone through. You do a great job. My auntie and uncle used to foster it must be hard when they leave your care. I will be reading your other books when I get them. Keep doing a great job. Regards
Tina, UK, 19/09/2015
Just finished reading Girl Alone, fantastic book! Thanks to your patience and understanding joss felt like she could trust u and open up. I’m so glad those evil men got what they deserved. U and your children really helped Joss get through a dreadful time in her life. What a wonderful caring family u are. x
Dear Cathy, Thank you for your lovely message, I actually bought the book yesterday. My husband John can’t wait to finish The Child Bride and then start on the new one. (after me sir!). When we talk about any of your books that we have read, it’s amazing that we both feel identical emotions at each step and turn of a page. Maybe because we both worked for the NHS as medics, and we both saw all aspects of life. I can only repeat ‘Thank you Cathy’. We look forward to your next book. God Bless & every good wish to you and yours. Yours Sincerely
Sylvia, UK, 18/09/2015
Just finished reading your latest book, Girl Alone, the world needs more people like you Cathy. God bless xx
Dear Cathy Glass, I read one of your books, its name called Damaged. Its very heart touching and sad story. In the world, have so many children’s whose are facing that kind of things. I am thanking you to writing true story regarding the children’s. I love all your books. Keep up the good work both with your writing and fostering. I wish you all well. Thank you. Yours Faithfully.
Nirmani, Sri Lanka, 17/09/2015
Hi Cathy, I’ve read all of your books and just finished Joss’s story, I wanted to tell you that after every book I’ve read I’ve always come away feeling inspired. My partner left us to be with a woman and I often feel ashamed and upset at the prospect of being a single mother, but seeing how well you cope with your children and how strong you are always makes me believe I can do the same. Thank you Cathy for sharing your books much love to your children and of course yourself!
Laura, UK, 17/09/2015
Just finished reading this book! (Girl Alone). Oh my, it was such an amazing book. I’ve read every single one of your books. I now have nothing to do! May have to re read some! You’re such an amazing writer. And such an amazing person for what you do for these poor children. 🙂 xx
Just finished another fantastic book of yours Cathy. (Girl Alone). Keep up the good work. Can’t wait for the next one xx.
I’m in tears after reading the update to “My Dad’s a Policeman,” which I discovered by chance in the library and read in one go this morning. I teach GCSE English and will work on this book with my students. I shall also read more of your books. What wonderful work you do, enriching so many lives.
Andrea, UK, 16/09/2015
I just now red your book Will You Love Me. It’s about Lucy. Cathy in our country so many children live without any consideration. Last Saturday a 5 year girl kidnapped from her home and killed after raped. In that situation I memorised Jodie, though she faced some difficulties she alive and she will have better future. But that girls not with us. Once again Cathy I really appreciate your great job. Wish you all the best for your all works. Thank you,
Nalisa, Sri Lanka, 16/09/2015
Welcome Cathy. A year ago at the library your book was being recommended me, from the moment of closing the book I knew that I must read every one translated to Polish. Today I finished ” Please, don’t take my baby “. I am affected by every history of your foster child as if I participated in it personally, many times getting annoyed and crying whether it out of joy or from sadness. With all my heart I am with you and I approve of the way you are helping them. I hope that more your books will be translated. Greet Paula, Adrian, Lucy, as well as Jodie if you are in contact with her. Kisses,
Kate, 21, Poland, 16/09/2015
Hi Cathy, I finished Girl Alone last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I honestly don’t know how you and your kids have coped over the years with the things you’ve seen and dealt with. You’re such an inspiration to so many people. Love
Hi Cathy, I’m 21 and I’ve read every single one of your books starting from my mid teens. The first I ever read was Damaged and since hearing of Jodie’s story I knew from then that my dream is to become a foster carer. I’ve used a lot of techniques from your book at work as, like your daughter, I went into childcare as a profession. If I ever had to name a ‘hero’ or an inspirational person, it would be you. Not only have you changed the lives of the children you foster, you’ve managed to save many others by inspiring other people to do the same. Your children are just as incredible for being as wonderful and supportive towards the fostered children as you are. So many thanks for sharing your experiences with the public, and I hope more people choose to help the children who need it the most. Sincerely,
Laura, 21, UK, 15/09/2015
Hi Cathy, I am writing this email to say how much I love ur books. I have read all of them. The stories have me hooked from start to finish. I think u and ur family r amazing. I hope there will b another book out soon! Tbh there not coming quick enough. Well thank you for reading this. Can’t wait for the next book. Keep up the good work, take care x
Lydia, UK, 15/09/2015
Hello. I have just finished reading “The Saddest Girl in the World.” I stumbled across the book at Walmart and am so happy I did after reading it. I feel compelled to tell you what an amazing person I think you are just from reading this one book. I will be reading more of your books. What an amazing story!
Jennifer, USA, 14/09/2015
Dear Cathy, OMG I have just finished Saving Danny and I enjoyed it so much. I didn’t get emotional until right at the end. I just broke down, I thought it was brilliant, even my partner took an interest to it. The patience you had for that special little boy was amazing and I cant wait for the next book. I’ve already asked my partner for it as it’s my birthday soon lol. Kind regards your biggest fan.
Sammy, UK, 13/09/2015
Hi Cathy, I have read many of your books and I think you and your children do a wonderful job, they are a credit to you. I always wanted to foster just haven’t got round to it yet but hoping some day I will. I’ve just finished ur newest book Girl Alone and so glad Joss had happy ending. Looking forward to next book already.
Hi Cathy, Girl alone is a fantastic book. I enjoyed it as much as the rest of your books. I have said this many many times but you have inspired me in so many ways. To speak out about my abuse, to face my abusers, to be strong, confident, happy and how not to blame myself. You have given me strength to deal with my stepson who has challenging behaviour and have never failed to reply to my messages/comments when I’ve asked for your advice. Thanks to you Cathy I am now writing chapter 3 of my own life story. 🙂 thank you from the bottom of my heart. All my love and kindest regards to you and your wonderful family.
Kim, UK, 13/09/2015
I have just finished reading the hardest book I have ever read “Damaged”. Cathy I can only praise you for you & your families forgiving and loving nature. By reading the book I can tell what a wonderful job you did. I know at times you felt like you failed but without you it was possible that people what have never know the full extent of what Jodie had gone through. I only hope that somehow this year you learn of how she is doing, I will keep checking for any updates. I am going to read one of my 11 year old daughters books for a little light-hearted read and then I will chose another of your books to start. I have read 5 now and have all of them on my shelf to read. You are a wonderful person. Thank you for “saving” so many children.
Katie, UK, 12/09/2015
Bought and read already (Girl Alone). Such a bittersweet story, I’m so happy she got the justice she deserved, and I hope she and her family are doing well. Thank you for another great book! I look forward to the next one. Very best wishes to you and your family.
Hello Cathy! I have just finished listening to your latest book, Girl Alone. Your books go right into my heart! Your books make me think, cry and sometimes smile! I can’t wait to listen to the next one!
Kristina, Sweden, 11/09/2015
Cathy, I suspect you have had hundreds of emails today. Girl Alone is fantastic. I probably read the book differently to others. A painful reminder of how easy it is for things to through an understaffed system. Also thank you for highlighting grandparents. Now hurry up and finish your next book. Best wishes
Hi Cathy, I keep forgetting to write to you, I’ve read Saving Danny and it is such a beautiful and moving story. Looking forward to Girl Alone!
Marie, Singapore, 10/09/2015
Dear Cathy Glass, I would like to say how much I love and enjoy reading your books. I have read multiple of your books, for example: Cut, Please Don’t Take My Baby and I am now reading Will You Love Me? I can sit and read your books for hours, I can’t seem to put them down. When I was reading Please Don’t Take My Baby, it took me two days to finish it. It was so heart-warming and truly wonderful! I believe every child should be treasured, cared for and loved. When I am older I really want to foster children, I want to make a difference in their life and help them have a better future. You’re such an inspiration to all and I can’t wait to read more of your books. I also wanted to know if you’re planning on writing anymore books? I hope to hear back from you! 🙂 Yours sincerely,
Shannon, 17, UK, 10/09/2015
CG: Hi Shannon, thank you. Yes, I am writing more books.
Hello Ms. Glass! I discovered your books about 2 weeks ago and so far have read The Saddest Girl in the World, Mummy Told Me Not To Tell, Daddy’s Little Princess, and Damaged. All of which are now some of my favourite books. These stories were so intense and emotional that I found myself finishing them in a few hours! I just wanted to write you to say that I think you are absolutely brilliant and have become one of my favourite authors. I can’t wait to read more of your books! Sincerely,
Claire, 16, US, 09/09/2015
Hi Cathy, Just wanted to say that I love your books and I am enjoying reading your latest book. Been in foster care myself and can relate to your books. I wish I had been with a foster carer who is lovely and kind like you. I had a few foster carers who didn’t understand my diagnosis of Autism and my behaviour so I got moved around quite a bit. I try to picture what you look like in my head but have yet to see a photo of you. I have read all your books so far and really enjoy them. I hope that you and your family are well. You are an amazing author and an amazing person from what I have read about you and I hope you continue to write books for a long time. Regards
Hello Cathy I have read almost all of your books. I can’t wait for your new book to come out next week. I just want to say to you that the day you retire, (hopefully not for a long time yet) lol, will be a very sad day for children being abused. I truly think you have so much compassion in you that whilst reading, you make us your readers feel we are being nurtured by you also. I wish you lots of love & happiness in yours, Adrian’s, Paula’s & Lucy’s lives. God Bless you Cathy & keep on doing what you do.