The Lost Soul
An abandoned child’s struggle to find those she loves
By Rosie Goodwin
The heartbreaking tale of a little girl let down by the people she should have been able to trust
A powerful story of abuse, neglect...and hope from this well-loved writer
When a mysterious fire kills her adoptive parents, Madeleine's worst fear comes true - she and her beloved brother Oliver are separated. Worse still, Maddie is blamed for starting the fire and, labelled a difficult child, she is sent to a children's home. Far from idyllic, and buried deep in the countryside, the home well conceals the misery of its young occupants. Subjected to a harsh regime of abuse and degradation, Maddie makes a brave attempt to escape. But her brief weeks of freedom are thwarted when she is caught and taken back to River House.
Maddie clings to her determination to one day be reunited with Oli, and it is this which gives her the strength to endure what lies ahead. For she knows she can rely only on herself - there is no one else to keep her safe...
Rosie Goodwin has worked in social services for many years. She has children, and lives in Nuneaton with her husband, Trevor, and their four dogs.
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09 Dec 2010
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'A touching and powerful new novel from a wonderful writer' — Bookseller
'Powerful and harrowing' — Peterborough Evening Telegraph
'The tearjerker of the season...a heartrending tale' — Western Mail