Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sweet Read: To Hurt To Stay

Today I am excited to share another special book with you.
"Too Hurt To Stay"
is written by a Foster Parent who lives in the UK.
Her pen name is  Casey Watson.
Casey Watson is a specialist Foster Carer
(in the US we refer to them as Foster Parent or Resource Parent/Family)
Casey has been working in this field for six years after giving up her position as a behavior manager for a local school.   Casey has cared for 14 difficult to place children. As a specialist foster carer she works with children with who face difficult challenges.   Casey is married with two grown children and three grandchildren.

Casey and her husband, Mike, welcome eight year old Spencer into their home.  They are taken back by his polite and thoughtful ways.  They wonder why on earth this child's biological parents would refer to him as "wild" and "feral".
Once Spencer adjust to his foster home he begins to show Casey and Mike behaviors that surprise them. Behaviors that get him into alot of trouble.
As the story unfolds the truth of what Spencer has had to live through his entire life comes to light.  Through his mothers courageous act to change her life and the lives of her children and through Spencer's desire to be loved and to love his family Spencer finally learns just how important he is to his Mother.
I love this reminds me things are not always as they seem.  It also reminds me how important it is to take time, be patient and give love even when it is hard to love.
Two things stood out to me in this book.
Casey Watson does a great job of sharing her feelings towards caring for children.  As a Foster Mother myself I  really related to her desire to help the wounded child.   Her excitement and nervousness she feels as she waits for the day Spencer comes to their home brought back memories of my own experiences.   Casey writes in chapter 2:  "...before going to bed that night, I popped in to open Spencer's bedroom window and fluff up the pillows on the bed I had already made up.  Love and boundaries.  We could certainly give him that while we had him."
I also enjoyed how Casey shared her husbands role in Spencer's care.  He helped with the hard stuff but also joked around and worked along side Spencer.
I really enjoyed this book because it reminds the reader how people (adults and children) can change for the better and when it is an adult that does the changing it has a positive ripple effect that extends to the children.  This book also reminds the reader children in foster care are not wicked...they are in need of something and it takes a caring and patient heart to help realize what that "something" really is.

This is an inspiring read!
You can learn more about this book and about the author
Casey Watson
by visiting her
Website, on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow this Book Tour
Wednesday, May 1st: Another Small Adventure
Thursday, May 2nd: Heart Cries
Thursday, May 9th: Last Mom
Friday, May 10th: Stellar Parenting 101
Sunday, May 12th: Adoption Creates Families
Monday, May 13th: Xavier and Alice Anne
Tuesday, May 14th: Thrifty Mommas Brain Food
Wednesday, May 15th: Adoption and Foster Care
Wednesday, May 15th: They’re All My Own
Friday, May 17th: Always and Forever Family
Monday, May 20th: All About Elizabeth
Monday, May 20th: My Three Sons
Wednesday, May 22nd: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books
Wednesday, May 22nd: Some Difference

Special thanks to TLC Book Tours and Harper Collins for inviting me to read this book and join the tour!

*Disclosure:  The book "Too Hurt To Stay" was sent to me by the publisher.  My thoughts and opinions are all my own.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Inspiring sounds like the right word for this story!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.