The Girl in the Dark can either be read as a full-length eBook or in three serialized eBook-only parts. This is part one of three.
The true story of runaway child with a secret. A devastating discovery that changes everything.
Melissa is a sweet-natured girl with a disturbing habit of running away and mixing with the wrong crowd. After she’s picked up by the police, and with nowhere else to go, she is locked in a secure unit with young offenders. Social Services beg specialist foster carer Angela to take her in, but can she keep the testing twelve-year-old safe? And will Angela ever learn what, or who, drove Melissa to run and hide, sometimes in the dead of night?
The Girl in the Dark is the sixth book from well-loved foster carer and Sunday Times bestselling author Angela Hart. This is a true story that shares the tale of one of the many children she has fostered over the years. Angela's stories show the difference that quiet care, a watchful eye and sympathetic ear can make to children who have had more difficult upbringings than most.
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About the Author
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 naïve. 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.