I just finished up one book focusing on abuse and I picked up another. If you’re a reader, you know how it is….you read one book and another book is suggested to you. That’s how I got The Little Ghost Girl by Maggie Hartley.
I don’t want to say that I enjoy books about abuse. No one does. But I get a lot out of the books. Children are typically saved or they save themselves from their situation. I feel the books give me strength to fight on through the, in comparison, small things I deal with every day. I also feel that, as a human, I can respect someone by listening to their story. Reading or listening to books from people who were abused also helps me keep my eyes open to see or be aware to watch for signs of abuse. Isn’t that the ultimate thing we can do to honor them…work to not let it happen to others? On with the book…
Here’s what Amazon had to say:
“As soon as Ruth arrived on her doorstep, it was clear to foster carer Maggie Hartley that Ruth had seen and experienced things that no 11-year-old should have to. Pale, frail and withdrawn, Ruth had been conditioned to ‘see no evil, speak no evil’. Raised by a cruel stepmother and father, Ruth had been abused, underfed and ignored, while her half-siblings lived a life of luxury.
Ruth is in desperate need of help, but can Maggie get through to her and unlock the harrowing secret she carries?
With no one left in the world to love Ruth, it’s up to Maggie to help her find her voice; to be a ghost no more, and bring those who’ve harmed her to justice.”
Amazon readers give the book 4.7 stars. I’d have to say 4.2. It was an okay book. I think I read two child abuse books in a row and that was too much of the dark and dreary for me. I’ve noticed that I need to pop a mystery of fluff book in here and there to even everything out.