A Sunday Times Bestseller
'A no holds barred insight into the reality of looking after someone else's children. A remarkable story from a remarkable woman, it brought back a lot of memories for me' Casey Watson
'A moving story that testifies to the redemptive power of love. I hope Angela Hart inspires many others to foster' Torey Hayden
Terrified tells the emotionally devastating but ultimately uplifting story of Vicky, a little girl who arrives on Angela's doorstep unwanted and unloved after suffering years of emotional abuse at the hands of her mother. Desperate never to return home, Vicky is haunted by many demons and waking nightmares. This book tells the moving story of Angela's determination to set Vicky free.
Angela Hart lives in England with her husband Jonathan. They met at a village dance when they were teenagers in the seventies, and shortly afterwards they both moved away from their hometown for work. Angela loved the bright lights of the city, and her demanding job in a bank. They stayed for ten years before returning home to take over Angela's family floristry business from her parents. One day an advert in the local paper caught Angela's eye: 'Foster Carers Wanted'. She knew straight away it was something she'd love to do. As a child she had a friend whose family took in foster children and had often asked her mother if they could do the same, but she always said she wasn't cut out for it, and didn't have the patience. After living a fast-paced life Angela felt she could easily manage to sell flowers and care for youngsters. Having a family was something Jonathan and Angela planned for the future; they thought that surely fostering was just like bringing up your own children, if not easier? Looking back, they feel incredibly naive. They were convinced fostering kids would be like caring for flowers: if they provided the right environment, nourished the children well and treated them with love and respect, everything would be rosy. They could foster for a few years, and maybe even carry on when they started their own family. Of course, it wasn't like that at all! Each child had a unique set of problems, some incredibly sad, others very shocking. Angela and Jonathan found themselves immersed in a care system they knew nothing about, yet soon found impossible to leave. They thrived on the challenges and rewards of being foster carers, and Angela went on to train as a specialist carer for teenagers with complex needs, and has never looked back. Jonathan and Angela have fostered more than fifty children over the past twenty-seven years and they hope you will enjoy reading about some of the wonderful children they have been privileged to have in their lives.