Torn by Rosie Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
No matter what, I am always pulled to stories such as this.
One of my aunties used to Foster, her home was always packed not only with her own children but children that needed to be cared for until things were either sorted with the children's family and Social services worked out what was best for the children or maybe even at 3am be fetching down cots from the loft because of an urgent placement.
So maybe this is why I read such stories.
Its also for the huge resilience of children.
Its not until you get older and a Mother of grown children yourself you can understand that parental actions affect your kids. They do. Your actions as well as your decisions. Treatment of them, how you speak, what kind of speech you use. There is an awful lot into parenting your child to grow up the type of person you want them to be in society and life.
This is more so when you are a foster parent. More often than not a child or children come to you from backgrounds that you need to have special qualifications for to deal with the child and steer it in the correct path.
Then there is the loyalty they will have with their own Parents no matter how much they were treated badly.
Children love, children forgive.
But, children are not immune.
We can see this when Rosie takes in a brother and sister, Taylor and Reece. Reece is the younger brother and we experience the upsetting behavior of Taylor and how Rosie feels out of her depth at times. I remember my auntie feeling the same way. And as mentioned in here, its the ones that do worry about "doing the right thing" that do well, because they are aware of the children and their needs.
As we read, we learn more and more about the way the Mother has to live and the way they're father is with them, especially Taylor.
Taylor is 10 years old going on 18 which is a worrying issue.
Bailey their younger sibling needs to arrive later in the story which bounces off more issues we get to see and understand.
Rosie Lewis the author writes a brilliant story allowing us the insight into the Foster mother and her own children. And your integrity for the children she takes under her wing. The feelings towards staff of the Social services and how a relationship needs to be formed for the sake of the children. Her own set of rules also.
Its written very much in the style of Cathy Glass, so if you are a fan of hers you will love this one too.
* I would like to thank HarperCollins UK, Nonfiction and Net Galley for my copy*
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