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From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes a harrowing and moving memoir about two innocent and frightened ‘unfosterable’ children who do not know what it means to be loved. This is the third book in the series. The shock that strikes Casey and her family when Ashton and Olivia arrive is immeasurable. Two dirty, frightened little waifs stand before them, huge eyes staring around their new surroundings. Ashton – 9, Olivia – 6, have the same urchin look; hair running wild with head lice, filthy nails and skin covered in scabs. And the smell is horrific. The eldest two children of a group of five siblings, Casey had only been told they were coming two days earlier. But it was an emergency, temporary placement, and they were only due to stay a couple of weeks… Casey is desperate to help these poor, lost children, who have been taken away from their family because they were considered at risk, but before she can even start to understand the horrific things that have happened in the past, she has to teach them the most basic of behaviours. Ashton and Olivia have no barriers and no sense of what’s right and wrong – her challenges begin with the toilet and eating habits. The weeks roll into months and the months roll on, but bit by bit the children are starting to feel like they truly belong to a family, for the first time. With this new found security and love, gradually they start to reveal what really happened to them and their siblings at home, and slowly Casey can help them start to rebuild their young lives. Includes a sample chapter of Too Hurt To Stay.

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    For a couple of weeks now that I have not stop reading Casey's books. I love them all. This, particularly touched me in every way. I can't stop crying, for Ashton and Olivia. Casey's expression in relaying her stories is simply exceptional. It's simple, passionate and inspiring. God bless you and your family Casey

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    Heart beaking

    Casey Watson really hits the nail on the head with her writing about the fostering and social services system.my mother is a foster carer as I hope to be when my own children are grown Ashton and olivias story made me laugh and cry at times they were so badly let down by the system x

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    I love this book but tend to like all her books. It was very tragic for those two wee ones and so glad they are doing well even though being separated from each other but at least they see each other and now get a chance for a decent chance to grow up

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    Great read

    Very sad but a great read thanks

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    Enjoyed the book

    While Casey's stories are sometimes very difficult to read, they are without doubt very motivatonal. This story is no exception.

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