Helpless: The true story of a neglected girl betrayed and exploited by the neighbour she trusted

Helpless: The true story of a neglected girl betrayed and exploited by the neighbour she trusted

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by Marianne Marsh
     
 

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The next heartbreaking book by Toni Maguire.Eight year old Marianne, the eldest of five children, was neglected by her slovenly mother and her violent alcoholic father. Uncared for and unkempt she was rejected at school by her peers and scarcely tolerated by her teachers. Only one person gave her the affection she craved; a neighbour who seeing the vulnerable child

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The next heartbreaking book by Toni Maguire.Eight year old Marianne, the eldest of five children, was neglected by her slovenly mother and her violent alcoholic father. Uncared for and unkempt she was rejected at school by her peers and scarcely tolerated by her teachers. Only one person gave her the affection she craved; a neighbour who seeing the vulnerable child knew she was easy prey for his perverted desires.‘Little Lady’ he called her over the few months he groomed her. Less than twelve months later she was caught in a trap of fear - if she talked she would be punished. With no one to turn to she kept ‘their secret’. At thirteen she fell pregnant.Still too frightened to speak out she refused to tell the social workers who the father was. Without family support the teenager gave birth to a daughter in the unmarried mother's home.Six weeks later the baby she had already grown to love was taken away for adoption. Marianne returned home, but the neighbour's abuse continued and a year later she was pregnant again.This time her father literally tried to beat the baby out of her but she failed to miscarry. Scared for her life and that of her baby's she ran away from home carrying only a plastic bag stuffed with her few possessions.Marianne who still missed her first child desperately struggled to keep her second daughter. Two months after the birth she realized that for the baby's sake she would have to hand her over for adoption.Helpless is Marianne’s heartbreaking story as told the bestselling author of Don’t Tell Mummy.

Toni Maguire lives in the UK and Ireland.Marianne Marsh lives in Kent with her husband. She recently retired from the local hospital where she went into nursing. She now enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007320288
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/06/2009
Sold by:
HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
85,523
File size:
333 KB

Meet the Author

Having spent twenty years in London, Toni Maguire now lives in Norfolk. She is the author of the No. 1 bestseller Don’t Tell Mummy and top 10 bestseller When Daddy Comes Home.

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Helpless: The True Story of a Neglected Girl Betrayed and Exploited by the Neighbour She Trusted. Marianne Marsh with Toni Magui 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad, sad story of a neglected child preyed upon by a predator who took advantage of her loneliness and feelings of not being loved. Marianne has overcome so much misery and heartache and bravely shares her story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book explains how a helpless child can be so vulnerable to the sick and twisted mind of an adult.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I simply couldnt put it down. The story was heartbreaking to read, especially because It's a true. It's so sad that there are real monsters in this world. I will definitely look for more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm disappointed in this story, too much abuse,
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