The Girl Who Wanted To Belong by Angela Hart is a true story of Lucy, a foster girl searching for the love of her family and seeking to find her place. It will break your heart.
Eight year olds should not have to fight for love. The reader sees the conflict between Lucy’s father and his partner. He seems to be caught between a rock and a hard place. Every time the reader gets their hope up, it seems another brick is cemented in the wall. We ‘feel’ for Lucy.
The story is also about the foster parents, Angela and Jonathan who are seen to have infinite love, patience, respect and boundaries. Giving a healthy home for Lucy to be loved and nurtured. They diplomatically fight her corner.
My heart was in pieces for Lucy. I wanted her to be loved and wanted. I hated seeing hopes rise, only to be dashed. I understood her frustrations and patterns of behaviour.
This is a powerful memoir of a beautiful little girl who will just take up residence in your heart. I wanted to love Lucy every step of the way. Her desire to be loved and to please was heart wrenching.
You will need to read this with tissues.
I received this book for free from Net Galley. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.