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Summary

The 11th memoir and latest title from the internationally best-selling author and foster carer Cathy Glass. This book tells the true story of Cathy's adopted daughter Lucy.

Lucy was born to a single mother who had been abused and neglected for most of her own childhood. Right from the beginning Lucy's mother couldn't cope, but it wasn't until Lucy reached eight years old that she was finally taken into permanent foster care. By the time Lucy is brought to live with Cathy she is 11 years old and severely distressed after being moved from one foster home to another.

Withdrawn, refusing to eat and three years behind in her schooling, it is thought that the damage Lucy has suffered is irreversible. But Cathy and her two children bond with Lucy quickly, and break through to Lucy in a way no-one else has been able to, finally showing her the loving home she never believed existed. Cathy and Lucy believe they were always destined to be mother and daughter - it just took them a little while to find each other.

©2013 Cathy Glass (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

Reviews for Damaged:
“Cannot fail to move those who read it.” ( Adoption-net)
“Heartbreaking.” ( Mirror)
“A truly harrowing read that made me cry.” ( Sun)
“A true tale of hope.” ( OK! )
“Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that.” ( First magazine)
“A hugely touching and emotional true tale.” ( Star magazine)

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I think we all loved Lucy by the end of the book

What made the experience of listening to Will You Love Me? the most enjoyable?

The truth behind the system, one I've had dealings with from many angles in my life.

What did you like best about this story?

The characterisation of each of the individuals involved in the tale, which continue throughout her books. I feel like I've seen Adrian and Paula grow up.

Have you listened to any of Denica Fairman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've only listen to Denica narrating other Cathy Glass books, but she captivates me and keeps a human element to the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, it was too painful to listen to in one go, but I finished it in a weekend.

Any additional comments?

I first read a Cathy Glass book because I had run out of Torey Hayden's works. I'm a teacher with experience in special needs, mostly thanks to Ms Hayden. I wanted something else that would catch my interest, and these certainly did. I've read four now, and I'm starting to look for someone else, these authors just don't write fast enough to keep up with me!

I've worked with adults who have 'graduated' from the care system, so I've heard some horror stories, it's been nice to hear about some of Cathy's successes.

I know these books aren't for everyone, but if you want your heart-strings tugged but know it's all going to work out in the end, then this is a lovely book to read. Although chronologically it's certainly not the first, it's probably a good first book to choose to meet Cathy's family.

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Brilliant book

I have now listened to this book 3 times and I still love the story about Lucy and how she became Cathy’s adopted daughter.
Yet another well written book by Cathy. Not a fan of the female voice on the audio book

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lovely story

loved it hope its real. hope (lucy) is well x can't get enough of these stories

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A special and amazing lady.

As with all Cathy's books I've read 3 in 4 days nearly finished the 4th book but chance came up to listen to the book about her adopted daughter the amazing bond they share is just beautiful
so I've been glued to my device listening all afternoon and evening till the end and honestly tears have been streaming as this book really does make you feel the power of the bond and love shared between Lucy, Cathy and her amazing selfless family wish u all the best for whatever the future brings but I've already read the last 3 books Cathy's written and waiting for February 2022 book to come out yo truly are an amazing and inspirational lady Cathy Glass

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Lucy's story. absolutely loved this book

really loved this book. I looked this book out after reading a few of Cathy glass books as Lucy had been mentioned and I wondered about her story. this book didn't disappoint. although very very sad like all of Cathy's books, it was lovely to hear the joy Lucy and Cathys family got in the end from Lucy finally being approved to stay with Cathy. really brilliant book and as always written and read so well. thanks for another great listen

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Easy reading heavy on the heart!

Beautifully told like all Cathy Glass experiences. The world needs a few more Cathy's!

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why is Jill's accent different in this book??

I've got most of Cathy's books as audiobooks. it's only a small thing but I found it really jarring to have a character suddenly change accent. I've gotten used Denica's style when it comes to these books and the different voices for each character is generally pretty consistent throughout the whole series....but this one suddenly one of the characters is from somewhere completely different?? 😂

like the book overall and it's an interesting difference in storytelling style from a lot of the other books.

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beautiful

beautiful story. whilst Cathy's books do follow a same/same narrative with things explained in each very similarly. This is to be expected and once you get that then the individual stories are nearly always gripping. Lucy's adoption story was particularly poignant

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touching

Touching tale of how Cathy went on to adopt Lucy.
my only criticism has to be about the narrator's ever changing accents!! Gill, Cathy's social worker for example has never sounded like that in any other books, was a touch off putting as the accents changer so much but wasn't off-putting enough not to read!

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About Lucy

What a beautiful story with a beautiful family. This is probably my favourite Cathy Glass story. It’s a MUST to read it. Xx

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  • Lauraji
  • 25-01-15

Heart warming, page turner

Cathy's books have all become big favorites of mine but I like the heart warming nature of this one especially. She goes way back to cover all of the beginning of her daughter's life and I found this thorough and enjoyable.

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  • John
  • 22-05-15

Cathy Glass' true love.

If you want to have an example of the definition of unconditional and selfless love this is perfect.

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  • grey
  • 22-04-22

More intimate than others

This was a nice revelation of her daughter’s story. I of course would have liked to hear more about her young friend, and anyone coming to punishment, but that didn’t seem to be the overall purpose of this book so I understand why there wasn’t much focus on that.

I am glad I read this out of order; that is, after other books in which the older Lucy appeared, so I was able to get to know her before hearing about her journey to adoption into their family.

I read Maggie Hartley’s books as well and—both independent by comparison—I feel quite uncomfortable about Cathy Glass’ focus on appearances and weight/food issues. In more than one of her books she makes a big deal about weight, and that feels unhealthy to me.

I am not a huge fan of this narrator for this genre, but in this book she really seemed to hit the mark of gentleness and caring. I do actually quite like her voicing of the “good” males, but kind males play a small part in most of Glass’ books, so we don’t get to hear that very often or for any length of time.

Worth a credit.

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  • Monica
  • 05-08-21

Great listen

These stories tug at your heart. Makes you wish you could do more for all these children.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-11-20

such an amazing story

amazingly heartfelt I love this story I can listen to it over and over again well worth the money I spent on it

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  • Jennifer Huffman
  • 22-04-20

Wonderful story

Cathy Glass is a wonderful author and Danica is a great narrator! I absolutely love this book series.

The main characters accents do change a little from book to book, which is funny. Jill sounds a bit more Scottish in this book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-20

Absolutely beautiful!

This book spoke to my heart on many levels. They love this family have one another is absolutely beautiful!

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  • SushisArmy
  • 14-03-19

my favorite

definitely my favorite. I couldn't stop listening! so happy for Lucy to finally find her forever home with Cathy and the kids. well done love!

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  • LAURIE
  • 01-02-19

very sad, but good ending

i loved it! its just so sad that our world has ppl like this in it that has kids and are too hurt themselfs to raise them, so inturn the kids gets hurt and the hurt and baddness just passes from one to other. thank God it stoped for her.

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  • tonya cary
  • 23-10-18

Great listen

As all of Cathy Glass audio books this was very enjoyable and recommended it highly.