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Will You Love Me?: The story of my adopted daughter Lucy: Part 1 of 3

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      Will You Love Me?: The story of my adopted daughter Lucy: Part 1 of 3
Cathy Glass

Will You Love Me can either be read as a full-length eBook or in 3 serialised eBook-only parts.This is PART 1 of 3 (Chapters 1-9 of 27).You can read Part 1 two weeks ahead of release of the full-length eBook and paperback.The eleventh memoir and latest title from the internationally bestselling 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 eleven 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 Withdrawn, refusing to eat and three years behind in her schooling, it is thought that the damage Lucy has suffered is irreversible.But Cathy and her two children bond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.

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Also by Cathy Glass

Damaged

Hidden

Cut

The Saddest Girl in the World

Happy Kids

The Girl in the Mirror

I Miss Mummy

Mummy Told Me Not to Tell

My Dad’s a Policeman (a Quick Reads novel)

Run, Mummy, Run

The Night the Angels Came

Happy Adults

A Baby’s Cry

Happy Mealtimes For Kids

Another Forgotten Child

Please Don’t Take My Baby

Contents

Cover (#ufcfa1ccd-04d5-5979-8ccb-479d2c2e58fd)

Title Page (#ulink_d9d9c7f5-3211-53b0-b2b4-33cc7814a027)

Also by Cathy Glass (#ulink_b550fd4d-b099-5994-82e1-c956947e505f)

Acknowledgements (#ulink_5b795ab5-aa45-5758-883c-257e5d5f9ace)

Epigraph (#ulink_a324eac8-eeff-5e23-a55c-5f8555fb1405)

Prologue (#ulink_4667a462-f33c-5191-bc92-593708271f64)

1 Desperate (#ulink_48ce4c6a-6c7c-5762-854f-d347f917b53d)

2 Escape (#ulink_01735b10-2544-5e40-82a6-5931f1dfaa84)

3 Concerned (#ulink_44649250-e555-5c60-9faa-8caa61661d73)

4 Too Late to Help (#litres_trial_promo)

5 Family (#litres_trial_promo)

6 Neglect (#litres_trial_promo)

7 No Chance to Say Goodbye (#litres_trial_promo)

8 A Good Friend (#litres_trial_promo)

9 ‘I Hate You All!’ (#litres_trial_promo)

Exclusive sample chapter (#litres_trial_promo)

Cathy Glass

Copyright (#litres_trial_promo)

About the Publisher (#litres_trial_promo)

Acknowledgements (#u4a9bcb6f-61f2-58a4-b012-c341e5edc251)

A big thank-you to my editor, Holly; my literary agent Andrew; and Carole, Vicky, Laura and all the team at HarperCollins.

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‘Every time I hear a newborn baby cry …

Then I know why,

I believe.’

‘I Believe’ by Ervin Drake

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I heard Pat, Lucy’s carer, knock on Lucy’s bedroom door, and then a slight creak as the door opened, followed by: ‘Your new carer, Cathy, is on the phone for you. Can you come and talk to her?’

There was silence and then I heard the bedroom door close. A few moments later Pat’s voice came on the phone again. ‘I told her, but she’s still refusing to even look at me. She’s just sitting there on the bed staring into space.’

My worries for Lucy rose.

‘What should I do now?’ Pat asked, anxiously. ‘Shall I ask my husband to talk to her?’

‘Does Lucy have a better relationship with him?’ I asked.

‘No, not really,’ Pat said. ‘She won’t speak to him, either. We might have to leave her here until Monday, when her social worker is back at work.’

‘Then Lucy will have the whole weekend to brood over this,’ I said. ‘It will be worse. Let’s try again to get her to the phone. I’m sure it will help if she hears I’m not an ogre.’

Pat gave a little snort of laughter. ‘Jill said you were very good with older children,’ referring to my support social worker.

‘That was sweet of her,’ I said. ‘Now, is your phone fixed or cordless?’

‘Cordless.’

‘Excellent. Take the handset up with you, knock on Lucy’s bedroom door, go in and tell her again I would like to talk to her, please. But this time, leave the phone on her bed facing up, so she can hear me, and then come out. I might end up talking to myself, but I’m used to that.’
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