Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Girl Who Wanted to Belong by Angela Hart. Before I share my review here’s what the book is all about:
“Lucy is eight years old and ends up in foster care after being abandoned by her mum and kicked out by her new stepmother. Two aunties and then her elderly grandmother take her in but it seems nobody can cope with Lucy’s disruptive behaviour. Social Services hope a stay with experienced foster carer Angela will help Lucy settle down. She misses her dad and three siblings and is desperate for a fresh start back home, but will Lucy ever be able to live in harmony with her stepmother and her stepsister – a girl who was once her best friend at school?
The Girl Who Wanted to Belong is the fifth book from well-loved foster carer and Sunday Times bestselling author Angela Hart. A true story that shares the tale of one of the many children she has fostered over the years. Angela’s stories show the difference that quiet care, a watchful eye and sympathetic ear can make to those children whose upbringing has been less fortunate than others.”
Angela Hart, who writes under a pseudonym, is a specialist foster carer for children with complex needs. Angela has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she and her husband, Jonathan, have looked after more than fifty children. Her books Terrified and The Girl Who Just Wanted To Be Loved were top ten Sunday Times bestsellers.
Angela Hart tells this true story in such a gentle way that it captivated me right from the first page. I loved her conversational style and felt like I was having a coffee and a catch up with her each time I picked up the book. Although Lucy’s story was sad it wasn’t a depressing read in any way, rather it made me feel so frustrated for her in the way she was treated by her family. Fortunately Lucy had Angela and her husband fighting for her. They didn’t have an easy time with Lucy because she could be very disruptive, but they knew how to help her and gave her a loving home to stay in.
Angela and her husband Jonathan sound like a very patient and a very caring couple, the perfect people to be foster carers. I would be too impatient and angry to have to deal with all the bureaucracy they met with whilst fostering Lucy.
This book confirmed to me what special people foster carers are, and that they definitely deserve all the support they can get.
I’m so glad I read this book and I will definitely be reading Angela’s other books.
Thanks so much to Don Shanahan at Bluebird Pan Macmillan for inviting me on to the blog tour and for my digital copy via NetGalley.
Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour