Nine-year-old Archie and his five-year-old sister, Bobbi, are taken into emergency police protective custody after an incident of domestic violence at their family home.
Rosie collects the children from their out-of-hours foster carer on New Year’s Day and instantly recognises Archie from a domestic violence workshop she helped with. Rosie remembers that when asked what he enjoyed most about the course, Archie said: ‘the biscuits’.
Social workers are concerned that Archie and Bobbi have been neglected. As Rosie gets to know the children, she begins to suspect that something far more disturbing lies in their past.
Archie, jovial and polite, bats away Rosie’s attempts to talk to him about anything serious with witty one-liners and sophisticated distractions. Bobbi reacts violently, lashing out and throwing herself around. Rosie has never seen a child as young a Bobbi behaving so viciously, but it is Archie she is most concerned about as the weeks go by.
After a worrying incident at school, Archie tearfully discloses the truth – a shocking secret that has left him and his sister traumatised. Horrified at what she learns, Rosie is determined to help the young siblings find a forever-home that will provide them with the love and care they deserve.
Being a foster carer must be heart breaking as well as rewarding. It’s certainly not a job that most could do. You have to have a lot of time and patience for the children in your care of which Rosie seems to have in abundance, even though her limits can be pushed daily. Bobbi certainly would have been to much for me to handle and it was great to read how Rosie deals with it.
Archie and Bobbi my heart literally broke for. For being so young they have been through a lot. I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it must be like at such a young age to be taken away from your home and mum and to be put with a stranger. Archie comes across as distant but well behaved and well mannered. Bobbi bless her is like a hurricane. She is very demanding and her behaviour made me cringe. There is a part in the book where Rosie takes the children out and Bobbi has a bit of a melt down. She goes into how she doesn’t tell people that the children are in care as they shouldn’t judge and I have to admit it made me feel guilty as that is exactly what I probably would have done. Knowing all the facts makes us have more allowances and the next time a child seems to be misbehaving I won’t be so quick to judge.
Broken had me going through so many emotions. It made me feel sad that any child should have to endure anything other than a normal and happy childhood. Anger at how some parents are more bothered about themselves than their children. It really will put you through the mill. It was so good to see how much head way Rosie made with the children though and not to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it, but a very satisfying ending that had me reaching for my tissues.
My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Broken is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.