• An Innocent Baby

  • Why would anyone abandon little Darcy-May?
  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: Denieca Fairman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (174 ratings)

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An Innocent Baby

By: Cathy Glass
Narrated by: Denieca Fairman
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When foster carer Cathy Glass is asked to foster Darcy-May, a two-day-old baby, she is very concerned.

The baby is coming to her straight from the hospital and will have no contact with her teenage mother, Haylea. Even more worrying, she will be brought to Cathy with a police escort, as it’s vital her extended family don't know where she is.

Abandoned at birth, Cathy and her family quickly bond with little Darcy-May, although they have to accept she will eventually leave them to be adopted. But fostering is rarely straight forward, and when Haylea asks to see her baby, a different story begins to emerge. It’s so alarming that even Cathy, a highly experienced foster carer, struggles.

©2021 Cathy Glass (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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C GLASS Books Still Influence in UK and Everywhere

I have read about a third of Cathy Glass’ (pseudonym) bestselling true-story books on being a foster mother or a pre-adoption carer and it is SO NOT FAIR to this author that I have only written a review for one of those books: it was early in my Audible membership and I was so worried about revealing spoilers that I wrote a very bland review which received maybe 1 thumbs up. Frankly, I feel most guilty that (owing to busy lifestyle) I never reviewed her brilliant and extremely moving account of a terminally ill father setting up his young son’s foster care before the Dad succumbed. Entitled “The Night The Angels Came” I was brought to tears now and then after completing this valiant book which included a bit of romance if I interpreted the writing correctly. So recently, I noticed Cathy’s recent book called “An Innocent Baby” and I purchased it despite one reader having mentioned that basically the book just mainly moves little Darcy-May from one room to another during the story. Hahaha! Such an honest review, of course, because the hospital had police deliver this protected baby to her at TWO days old! This is what infants happen to do—just relocate to the living room, kitchen, bedroom etc.—it’s their schedule! Lol. But this true story intrigued me as to why a newborn has a mystery attached to her file … and serious danger occurs in the ensuing revelation. It interested me a lot and I wanted very much to learn what develops in this particular foster care experience. Cathy does mention that the recent death of her own beloved mother occurred shortly before this event and I admire her for nobly working through some of her grief by pouring love into her ensuing charges—more than I child ends up in her care during this mystifying tale.

The C. Glass books are exceptionally well narrated with compassion and elegance by Denica Fairman, this was no exception: Well delivered, Ms. Fairman.

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love Cathy Glass









Alot of, and to much "filler". Alot of not so interesting pieces that dragged on and I felt like were there to fill the pages. Wasn't interested in her daughter's day at home, what she did at her son's house, wedding wedding, wedding. I had to fast forward some parts which is unusual for me when listening to Cathy Glass books.And the repeating of the same routines followed each day....feed bath sleep phone call went to other room etc. just to much filler.

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Interesting

This is an easy book to listen to. When I read the title details, it sounded like there would be suspense, with events slowly unfolding, but the author gave the meat of the book away in the first sentence. That’s my only complaint and the TBS a tiny one! I still very much enjoyed it.

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Another book nicely done!

I have been reading/listening after getting hooked to Author Cathy Glass. So happy with this new release. Nicely done. I enjoy the realistic stories that she tells of the children. One never knows of torment some of these children’s relatives out though and she makes it known to us with her books. They are all nicely done with their needs and feeling coming first and what they encounter. Way to go Cathy on this one! Thank you for all that you do!

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It was very good storytelling!

Good storytelling and a good storyline, but the lengthy and detailed descriptions was a bit boring.

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Cathy Glass .. you will learn so much from her!!!

I am a special education teacher that has learned so much from. this beautiful authors . she had taught me to stay calm and collected and many many ways to handle challenging situations. this book was wonderful as ask her books are. I also love listening to the narrator Denika Ferman.

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A tougher one to take than some of her others

This book definitely comes with a trigger warning. This is a finished tale of the two children, unlike at least one other of Glass’, so no need to carry on to the next book for more on a specific child.

Narrator remains an un-favourite of mine for this genre because she feels a bit too bright and a tiny bit baby-talking when Cathy is speaking to the children. But that is possibly just all my preference for the narrator of Maggie Hartley’s books (I believe her name is Peggy McDonald).

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auch a horrible story with a wonderful ending.

can't wait to hear more about Adrian, Paula and Lucy as well. as the other kids. Danica Ferman is a wonderful Narrator.

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just as good as all her other books.

love Kathy's books
Always makes me feel like I'm right there with her and her family.

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  • Anne
  • 10-18-21

even more fabulous than usual

I hope and pray that the author and the narrator never part company, I love them both. well done.

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  • Linda lownds
  • 01-12-22

very good reading

As usual this book was very good
I use to foster but never babies.
it's a very hard job you have to be a certain kind of person to do this. that's exactly what you are Cathy. you re amazing. such sad situations that are helped by you. thank you x

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  • chucks
  • 09-26-21

abandoned baby

this is a sad story of a young mum who had a child through a pediphile ring. cathy glass has been fostering children for a long time now. reading all her books she has told the sad stories of what has happened. She has also told us positives and negative outcome also involving her family along the way that you feel part of the journey with them. very well written and narrated. god bless you and your family xxx

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  • A. E. Wright
  • 07-04-22

Drivel

Oh dear what a dreadful book. Way too much irrelevant detail, too many procedural and other mistakes, saccharine tone of readers voice - need I say more?
It’s not often I give up on a book but don’t waste your time and money on this rubbish.

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  • Kerrie Hector
  • 03-24-22

Haylea & Darcy-May's story is truly heartbreaking

Excellently written and performed. As usual Cathy's memoirs bring tears to your eyes, a lump to your throat and make your heart break for the children she has cared for. Hayley and Darcy-May's story is incredibly sad and I feel that Haylea was severely failed by the authorities in the 14 years before she came into care. Someone should have been more aware that something was wrong long before she became pregnant. I'm so glad that she met Cathy though and that things began to massively improve for her.

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  • JLG84
  • 03-08-22

Another good one from Cathy

I won’t give too much away but I really enjoyed this memoir. It was centred more around Darcy-Mays young mother which was interesting. The reason behind a childs entry into foster care is never pleasant to hear but I love to read how they are bought through to better times and the challenges Cathy helps them overcome.

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  • Joanna Pycock
  • 07-06-22

Don't bother

Normally I don't like to leave bad reviews, but I had to for this one. Too much waffle about her family, don't really care how her Son decorates his house. I certainly don't need to know who has a cup of tea or who has water at each meeting. Stop promoting your other books, I will find them if I want to read them.
I found the saccharine voice of the narrator very annoying to beguin with, you do get used to it eventually.
This seemed like a story straight from the Daily Mail and the lack of care for Hayley by the professionals did not ring true, nor did her placement with the family with 3 males in the house. If you want a good story, find a different book.

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  • Brendon R.
  • 04-04-22

Another fantastic book and journey

Brilliant read I admire cathy so much. Such wonderful care for the children she cares for.

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  • Sally
  • 03-20-22

another incredible story

this book like others struck similarities with My own life. Having had personal contact with "Cathy" its so much more real to the love & care she has for anyone. An incredible woman, mother, foster mother and grandmother... and what a special heartbreaking true story "Hayley's and DMs" is and showed even moreso just how much some nurture and love go a long way ❤

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  • nutbag1982
  • 09-18-22

hard to put down

a very sad story the poor kid what she went through was hell no wounder she wanted nothing to do with the baby

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  • Katie
  • 01-06-22

I'd recommend any of Cathy Glass's books

I love Cathy's books and have read them all. It shed light on important issues in the foster community and in child abuse. I love how Cathy always spins the stories to look at the silver lining. She is positive, but also realistic in her views.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-21

heart breaking and hopeful xxx

I loved it. it was raw and honest, real and so much love in it ❤

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  • Salena
  • 11-11-22

Love

I love Cathy Glass books, she’s an amazing lady who has done some amazing work looking after children when needed. Hayley sure was felt the worse as a child, I really hope she moved toward with her life and showed them she could move on. And little DM with her new loving family.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-22

Loved it

This was a story I just had to keep listening to. I would recommend it.

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  • Sarah
  • 01-20-22

amazing

I cannot believe in this day and age that this sort of thing still happens to your children 😥
however, great out come for both Haylea and Darcy Mae

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-21

A Very Heartfelt Account

Cathy retells the story of a young vulnerable teenage girl, the dreadful home life and exposure to predatory behaviour by her own father and mates with such sensitivity. She outlines in an easy to follow manner the sequence unexpected events, implications on the girl, while also folding in how she and her own family care and provide support . Cathy’s books are really insightful and easy to listen to as audio books but equally a good read as a paperback.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-21

Absolutely fantastic and a heartfelt read

I so loved reading this book. I love Cathy Glass novels and as a foster carer myself I really enjoy being able to make similar connections to Cathy's stories. This book was hard to put down . It was so beautifully written, respectful and heartfelt. It made me feel so connected and sympathetic to the horrific story of abuse that played out in a young girls life and the heart breaking consequences she had to live with as a result of it. Thankyou for another fantastic read x

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-11-21

wonderful

Another amazing book by Cathy Glass I am so intrigued how Cathy can get these children to feel safe and open up about the terrible things being done to these innocent children .

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  • Fly London Lover
  • 09-28-21

I was both shocked and saddened

Incredibly well written book about the true story of an abused 14 year old and the ensuing issues set in motion after she gave birth to a baby girl.
I am not an ignorant person but when you hear the dreadful things that happen to some children it’s absolutely mind boggling. A must read (or listen)

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  • gaddster 2003
  • 09-27-21

Absolute tear jerker!

Difficult to comprehend some people’s behaviour towards any child, never mind their own. So very sad.