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A Long Way from Home

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,976 ratings  ·  155 reviews
The true story of 2 year-old Anna, abandoned by her natural parents, left alone in a neglected orphanage.

Elaine and Ian had travelled half way round the world to adopt little Anna. She couldn’t have been more wanted, loved and cherished. So why was she now in foster care and living with me? It didn’t make sense.

Until I learned what had happened. …

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by HarperElement (first published February 22nd 2018)
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Shirley Revill
I have just started listening to this audiobook today. I'm not ashamed to say I have tears in my eyes thinking about the orphanage and the children waiting to be adopted.
This is a truly exceptional and heartbreaking story of how being given up for adoption affected one child's life and the people caring for her. Recommended.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a very big fan of Cathy Glass who has been a foster carer for 25 years. I found A Long Way From Home a tearful read. Elaine and Ian travel halfway round the world to adopt a 9 month old little girl named Lana. All the paper work has been set. But upon arrival to the orphanage sadly Elaine and Ian are told baby Lana had died the day before they arrived. The orphanage are keen to find Elaine and Ian another baby that they can adopt. Will Elaine and Ian accept to adopt another baby from this or ...more
Anna Grace
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I have always loved Cathy’s books. She is a fantastic author and foster mom. I’ve given most of her books 5 stars so I hate to give this one only 3. Very little of the story was about Cathy’s experience fostering Anna. It is similar to “Will You Love Me” about Lucy, where she writes the first section of the book like a novel where she was not there. Most of the story was about the adoption experience rather than the fostering experience. I wouldn’t want it to be embellished because this is creat ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I love Cathy Glass...I own all her books, aswell as have read them all too. I love them.


This book comes in 2 parts.
Part 1 I was bored of, I didn't feel it needed to be in the book. It also didn't feel like I was reading a Cathy Glass Book...It was if she teamed up with another Author...I don't know, it was different, not what I expected and didn't enjoy it.

Part 2 I loved. but I wish Part 2 was alot longer. I wish there had been more Talk on the Life Anna has in England, that part w
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting but not as engaging as Cathy's previous books in that Anna's time with Cathy's family seemed to be quite limited.
Rebekah Gillian
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another phenomenal book by Cathy Glass.

As someone who has done my own extensive research about attachment disorder in a formal learning environment, and someone who has experienced attachment disorder first hand in the past, it was an extremely educational read. The backgrounds were different in the book and from what I experienced personally, but I could recognise a lot of her behaviours in the ones I had experienced through the individual suffering from the disorder in my personal life. It wa
Ian Mcnamara
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a massive fan of this author and her books are always emotional and heart breaking when you learn what the children have been threw. This in a way was one of the most heartwarming and emotional stories as due to her past Anna was badly affected and unable to show love to anyone or even communicate how she felt. Despite her parents loving her. This was one of the most lovely stories due to me becoming an uncle a year a go it really tore at my heart to see a family who clearly loved each othe ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a massive fan of Cathy glass and have been for years now, I've read every book of hers and I'm always eagerly awaiting her next one, this has been on my wish list for a while now, I'm on holiday from work for two weeks so I thought now would be a great time to purchase and start reading her latest book.. it is an absolutely fantastic and an emotional read as are all her books, being a mother myself her stories touch my heart, what I like about Cathy's books are they are very easy to read an ...more
Hannah Symonds
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have the deepest respect for Cathy Glass and I think it is amazing what she does. This story like all of her stories is an emotional one, to hear what the orphanage that Anna was in was like was unbearable and really made me tear up. I really felt for Cathy and her family when Anna was being disruptive but I knew Cathy would be able to overcome it with her years of training and looking after other children. I enjoyed this story.
Emma Lane
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i love cathy's books and never take me long to read. this was a very poignant story about success when they thought all was lost. And how behaviour is stimulated from experience but with persistance your past doesn't need to be your future.
Stacie Moore
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
although i'm a big lover of cathys books i just didn't enjoy this one or her previous one as much as i have her others. i felt once the previous adopters story was told cathys side was rushed and short.
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Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
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Just like every other Cathy Glass novel, what is written is a true story with all of the important details (names, places etc) changed to protect the identity of those involved. If you think that you’re going to be reading a novel that tells you what you want to hear when it comes to adoption – think again. Whilst Cathy Glass does state multiple times throughout that adoption is fantastic, and how many adoptions are com
Jasmine Nightingale
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another heartbreaking book from Cathy Glass. A foster carer with over 25 years experience, Cathy writes of her time spent with various foster children over the years.

This book focuses on Anna, a child adopted from abroad who struggles with her feelings after having an extremely rough start to life. With Anna's parents at the end of their tether, Cathy is asked to step in and foster her for a while which brings a lot of challenges to be overcome.

All in all, this is another one of the tear-jerki
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another one from my favourite author. Easy to read, the first half tells of international adoption and its lengthy process and then in the second part of the book cathy enters the story i wont give any spoilers but its another winner from cathy, liked it and kept going back to it for another instalment. i would recommend her books to anyone because they are so gripping and she knows her stuff in regards to the care system and her part in fostering children.
William Lomas
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i think although have not read all of this authors titles, that this is the best i've read yet. so glad they are now in audio format, for those who want it, like me. would recommend this to anyone. it shows how even young children from other countries still have problems in life, and how we here in the uk and other countries can help them.
Molly Luck
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Cathy Glass and this was another that didn’t let me down.
When I first began to read the book, I wondered where the story was going as Cathy Glass wasn’t mentioned in the first 1/4 of the book however it then moved to her.
It’s another sad book but one that I did enjoy and finding out what happened to Anna.
I’m glad things worked out in the end.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs, disabilty
I think this may be my favorite book of Cathy's. It was certainly the most heartbreaking, though not due to wild abuse or neglect, as are some of the cases in Cathy's books. Cathy is such a strong person and I doubt I would have been able to put aside my feeling's towards Anna's parents decisions concerning Anna enough to forgive them.
kim lidgard
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

😱 Very different to your usual books but still very good .Did find myself worrying all your hard work with Anna would be for nothing, so glad they got help. can't wait for your next book
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read as always

I loved reading this book and couldn't put it down. I dont read a lot but always look forward to the latest release by Cathy Glass and yes i have read and loved them all. Looking forward to the next one. Thank you
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good read as usual!
Katie bayliss
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read as per

Great book as always by Cathy glass one of my favourites .. Puts you through all the emotions. Brought a lot of her books
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book by Cathy Glass. such a sad, inspiring read.
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
Review to follow.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-won
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It did not take me long to read as it is a very poignant, moving and engrossing story.

The book is split into two sections - the first was very engaging but read much more like a novel than the second half, rather than as a work of creative non-fiction. The first half is also entirely based in the period of Anastasia/Anna's life where the author was uninvolved with. It was very interesting to read about the international adop
Ella Stern
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the latest book from Cathy Glass, we are greeted to Anastasia "Anna" Hudson, an adoptee from an unnamed foreign country, who is adopted by British couple Ian and his wife, Elaine. In a departure from her other books, part one focuses entirely on Ian, Elaine, and Anna's journey from said foreign country, to their home in England, where they celebrate Christmas as a family after Anna's adoption. However, Anna is defiant to the point of controlling her parents' lives, and things are not always w ...more
Cathie (ClassyLibrarian)
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-nighter
I did not have to report for work until 11:00 this morning so last night, while the laundry was on, I opened up this book. I quickly became absorbed and kept reading even after my laundry was done. I stayed up until 1:00 in the morning so I could finish this book.

It is not exactly what I thought I it was going to be. I have never read any of Ms. Glass' books before but I was pleasantly surprised.

I did find a few chapters redundant. When Elaine is going over the adoption story with Cathy I felt
Julie Haigh
I enjoyed reading this just as much as her other books.

I've read a few Cathy Glass books now-by no means very many of them-but this one is a bit different.
Cathy's narration doesn't appear until about half way through the book because at first we have the back story to how the child she is about to foster came to be in care. The story is told through the couple who are hoping to adopt a child from a foreign country. Elaine and Ian haven't been able to start a family. All they want is a child, an
Janice Acres
This was a confusing book at first. I bought it because it said it was a book by Cathy Glass. I started reading it and thought she must have tried a new style of writing and continued reading it. The book was a child adopted from another country but if it says authors name is Cathy Glass I will read it. I WILL HAVE TO READ IT AGAIN IN CASE I MISSED A FEW THINGS BUT THIS STORY WAS SAD, AND WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN..Finely it came to the foster child part and realized I was thinking so much I mi ...more
Julie Tombs
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first story of Cathy Glass I have read and it tells the story of a child adopted from an overseas orphanage by a couple who are unable to have children. The first part of the story tells of the trials and tribulations of overseas adoptions and the difficulties faced by new parents who struggle to cope with a child who has obviously been very badly abused in an orphanage and by her parents for the first 2 years of her life. The second part, told by Cathy as a foster carer tells her st ...more
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Cathy Glass is a bestselling British author, freelance writer and foster carer.
Her work is strongly identified with both the True Life Stories and Inspirational Memoirs genres, and she has also written a parenting guide to bringing up children, Happy Kids, and a novel, The Girl in the Mirror, based on a true story.
Glass has worked as a foster career for more than 20 years, during which time she ha

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