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Summary

Officers from the RSPCA investigate reports of animal cruelty and neglect on a farm, only to discover a 5-year-old boy curled up asleep in a dog bed, amidst filth and squalor.

He has severe physical and cognitive impairments, and no one outside the family seems to know of the existence of little Jacob.

When he arrives in the Allen household, a terrified Louise wonders how on earth she will cope looking after a child with his level of physical and emotional damage. With the support of veteran social worker, Mary, the fight begins to get Jacob the support he needs - as medical investigations begin to reveal more shocking details about Jacob’s story.

©2021 Louise Allen (P)2021 W F Howes

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very good book an eye opener to what goes on in the local authorities

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A lovely story but very sad

I have listened to all 4 of these books but although I enjoyed all 4 of them I can not understand why this one was narrated by a man because obviously it a woman who as wrote this book.

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Another well written story

Fostering stories are always a bit hard to listen to, it’s sad to hear what children have gone through. Especially little Jacob being so vulnerable with his disability. Louise show such love and compassion, Louise is very down to earth and always puts the children first. Although very engaging story, I preferred the female narrator from Louise’s previous books. The voice is Louise’s voice so spoken by a man, even though he read it well, wasn’t quite as good.

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exceptional as usual

found it hard to get into due to a man narrating a womans role. the story was as ever by louise, brilliant.

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would loved to have heard more of Jacob back story and what happened to the family.

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Shocking and heartwarming story.

Very good book. Jacob’s story was so shocking and hard to read in parts. I think Louise having grown up in care makes her a fantastic foster carer as she can understand some of the challenges the children go through. Despite not having the experience with Jacobs needs she really jumpt in and took good care of him. Having the support of Mary the social worker also helped her to support Jacob. His story could have ended far more tradgically and his disibility may not have even been properly diagnosed had he not been found by anna and then had people like Louise and Mary fighting his corner. It’s great that he ended up in the best place that could cater for his needs and continue the great work Louise started.

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The book is beautifully written and easy to follow the story line, I love that you here the story from different perspectives and not only Louise's

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  • 05-08-22

I Get it Completely

I am a retired CPS Social Worker and have advocated for abused and neglected children as well as their foster parents. As well as the parents who do deserve a second chance. Thankfully I never had a case like Jacob's but I did have cases that were horrific. I retired at 54 because of burnout. I totally relate to what Mary and Louise had to face everyday. I highly recommend this book, especially for those who haven't been in the thick of the life in the world of a social worker.

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  • Bethanne Marshall
  • 22-06-22

The children come first

As a child who grew up in “system” this book enables me to be angry at the people who deserve it and a little less at myself.
Thank you for writing this and bringing to light so many of the shortfalls of the foster care system.
I absolutely would recommend this book, and actually, I already have!

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  • Nancy
  • 22-05-22

Jacob’s Story

Melanie Crawley did an excellent job narrating Abby, Eden, & Stella’s Story in the series Thrown Away Children. Jacob’s Story was harder to listen to without having Melanie narrate the story. Stewart Crank narrated Jacob’s Story & was harder to follow.

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  • sheila benson
  • 06-05-22

Louis Allen

I love her books, her honesty & I’m learning so much from her. Such important information

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  • Heather Kapustka
  • 01-05-22

What an amazing series.

Having a different narrator for this last book was rough. The series is so amazing though, it made little impact. I love Louise Allen. I hope there are more books to come.

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  • Brian Lee
  • 09-03-22

fabulous book by Louise Allen

I just need Louise Allen to write more books I've read all of them and all of them are absolutely wonderful ..

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  • Suzanne Merrill
  • 16-01-22

Excellent male narrator

After buying this book, I was initially disappointed to discover it was narrated by a man, because it’s written by a woman and told from her perspective. I decided to give it a chance because I really wanted to hear the story, and I’m glad I did. I quickly got over my disappointment and enjoyed it very much.

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  • Jayme Paul
  • 06-12-21

Inspirational, as always!

I can't stop listening. Although these "stories" start off with the children's struggle, it always ends on a happy note. Not all of the looked after children have happy endings, but it's nice to hear a few! MORE FUNDING! MORE GIVE A DA** needed!