Nine-year-old Archie and his five-year-old sister, Bobbi, are taken into emergency police protective custody after an incident of domestic violence at their family home.
Rosie collects the children from their out-of-hours foster carer on New Year’s Day and instantly recognises Archie from a domestic violence workshop she helped with. Rosie remembers that when asked what he enjoyed most about the course, Archie said: ‘the biscuits’.
Social workers are concerned that Archie and Bobbi have been neglected. As Rosie gets to know the children, she begins to suspect that something far more disturbing lies in their past.
Archie, jovial and polite, bats away Rosie’s attempts to talk to him about anything serious with witty one-liners and sophisticated distractions. Bobbi reacts violently, lashing out and throwing herself around. Rosie has never seen a child as young a Bobbi behaving so viciously, but it is Archie she is most concerned about as the weeks go by.
After a worrying incident at school, Archie tearfully discloses the truth – a shocking secret that has left him and his sister traumatised. Horrified at what she learns, Rosie is determined to help the young siblings find a forever-home that will provide them with the love and care they deserve.
I have read quite a few of these books over the years, I have to admit as much as I enjoy reading them, they can be heartbreaking. I kind of feel I shouldn't actually like them because of the subject matters, yet i'm drawn to them on regular occasions as I occasionally like to read something other than the crime thrillers I normally read.
In this outing the story of Nine-year-old Archie and his five-year-old sister, Bobbi, are taken into emergency police protective custody after an incident of domestic violence at their family home. They are then taken into the home of Rosie, a foster carer. Both children have their own issues, this story is told brilliantly its a riveting read, I found once I started it, I wanted and needed to carry on to see what sort, if any, changes are made to these two little ones.
Secrets are revealed and its found these two little ones certainly haven't had a great start to life.
If you enjoy reading these type of books then this one is a must. Rosie is certainly one of kind, and an amazing foster carer, any child placed into Rosies custody will certainly get the best she can offer. Interesting, educating and heartbreaking.
Torn: A terrified girl. A shocking secret. A terrible choice. 4/5
I thought I'd start the year off with something a little different. And I have to say I really did enjoy this book.
Rosie Lewis is a foster carer, I have read a few of Rosie's books, and enjoyed them all. I think they are brilliantly written. Covering some very difficult subjects and situations.
I think being a foster carer is an amazing thing anyone can do. I dread to think what could happen to some of these kids if it wasn't for people like Rosie.
Rosie really has her hands full with this placement, A sister and a brother, along with her own two children, Rosie's patience really is tested.
I'm worried about going into any details as I think it would give too much away, but what I will say is if this is they type of read you enjoy or if you have enjoyed previous books by Rosie Lewis, Cathy Glass etc., then you will thoroughly enjoy this.
I read this book in 3 parts. part one is available now, or the full book is available for kindle 14th January 2016 (click above image to pre-order)
Foster carer Rosie Lewis faces a battle to uncover the dark family secret that is tearing a family apart.
Experienced foster carer, Rosie Lewis, is used to looking after children from difficult home situations, but she finds herself struggling when she agrees to take in Taylor and her younger brother, Reece, for a short while. Taylor tries desperately not to fit in, to be the tough young teen that she has had to become, making it clear that she cares about nothing and no-one, while Reece is just desperate for someone to love him. Rosie finds herself battling an unknown monster in their past, as social media and the Internet become a means to control and manipulate the siblings while in her care. And then a more sinister turn of events causes Rosie to dig into their past, desperate to discover the truth before her time with them is over and they must be returned to their family.
Title - Unexpected
Author - Rosie Lewis
Format - ebook
Source - Review copy via Netgalley
A dramatic and heartwarming story from foster carer, Rosie Lewis.
Ellen, a 28-year-old office worker is so shocked by the sudden birth of her baby that she abandons the newborn in hospital. Foster carer Rosie Lewis begins visiting baby Hope in hospital, then a week later she is released into her care.
At first Rosie struggles to understand how any mother could abandon a small baby, but when Ellen begins daily visits with Hope, Rosie sees a young woman traumatised by a dark secret. Rosie wants to help the young woman and the baby in her care and must fight to bring them together.
It's difficult not to say too much in a review when the book you have just read was a short story.
But I had a spare hour, while the house was empty so I put my feet up and got stuck into this.
It is only around 43 pages long, or should that say short, but It is a good story.
A sad story but good if that makes any sense.
I think knowing it was true story makes it a little harder to read as it was quite sad, But still it was interest and kept me reading. The only thing stopped me going the whole hog and giving it a full 5 starts was it was too short, I know it's a short story, but this seemed a very short story.
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