The Forgotten Child

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How do you tell a man there is something wrong with his child?

He wasn't looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.

Emily Nelson, a courageous young mother, ends a loveless, bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live-in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friessen hires and ...

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Overview

How do you tell a man there is something wrong with his child?

He wasn't looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.

Emily Nelson, a courageous young mother, ends a loveless, bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live-in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friessen hires and moves in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something's seriously wrong with the boy, and the reclusive, difficult man who hired her can't see the behavior and how delayed his son is. So Emily researches until she stumbles across what she suspects are the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him, give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder--to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.

As their lives become intertwined, their attraction is unavoidable--a connection sparks between them. But just as they're getting close, Brad's estranged wife, Crystal, returns after abandoning the family two years earlier. Among the shock and confusion is one disturbing question Brad can't shake: How does Crystal know so much of his personal business, the inner working of the ranch, and Emily's relationship with his son?

Crystal must've had a plan, as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily, and the children. The primary focus for care and therapy of three-year-old Trevor is diverted. The lengths to which Crystal will go, the lies, the greed, just to keep what's hers, are nothing short of cold and calculating. Emily's forced out of the house. Brad fights to save his boy, to protect what's his, and struggles over his greatest sacrifice--Emily, and the haunting question: Has he lost her forever?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497466470
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2014
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorhainne Eckhart is a 2013 Readers Favorite Award winner, frequently a top 100 bestselling author on Amazon in Romance, Westerns and Police Procedural. Author of 25 titles which includes novels, collections, and short stories. She writes three genres, western romance, romantic suspense and military romance and has sold more than 200,000 eBooks since her bestseller The Forgotten Child landed on the Amazon #1 Bestseller list for Westerns and Western Romance.

The German Foreign rights for The Forgotten Child have since been acquired by a major publisher, retitled The Forgotten Boy and released March 18, 2014, now a top 100 overall bestseller on Amazon. Lorhainne lives on sunny Salt Spring Island with her family where she is working on her next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Ann

    What a disappointing book! The cover would lead you to believe it was about a child, when in essense it was just a very badly written Harlequin paperback story about two people ready to jump into bed on a moment's notice, I certainly wouldn't lend this one

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

    The Forgotten Child isn't the type of book I would normally choo

    The Forgotten Child isn't the type of book I would normally choose. However, I found the story so well written that it was impossible to put down. The story flows so effortlessly that I kept saying, "I'll stop just as soon as I finish this chapter." But would soon find myself in the middle of the next chapter. What I loved about this book was the female character was a strong woman, but she had trouble being that woman because she'd been beat down for so many years. When she's given the chance to be the strong one, the one that shows a man that life can be filled with love and joy, she comes out of her shell and together they help each other. It's a wonderful story. Even if it sounds like something you would pass on, chances are you'll really enjoy it, just like I did.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    A story of courage, hope and healing

    What an amazingly in-depth look at a terrifying disorder weaved into a love story that at times wrenched my heart and at others had me shouting aloud my joy. When hesitant Emily finally decides that she has had enough of her crumbling marriage to Bob, she takes matters into her own hands and finds the strength to move on. With her two-year-old daughter, Katy, Emily moves in to become caregiver to three-year-old Trevor in the sprawling ranch owned by the ultra-sexy and brooding Brad. Brad, a man haunted by a terrible betrayal, finds it difficult to trust, and his bitterness is made even harder to face for Emily, who fast realizes that all is not what it seems with Trevor. But Emily persists, and she is just beginning to make headway with both Trevor and Brad when Crystal, Brad¿s estranged wife, suddenly appears on the scene again. Torn between her love for her child and her love for the family she has cared for, Emily chooses to back down. As Brad battles his demons, Emily continues to move forward, and both discover just how powerful love can be in this heartwarming and dramatic tale.

    This is a great story of strength and healing. Ms. Eckhart did a fantastic job in weaving in the emotions all parents feel when they find their child is not like everyone else's. Her characters were human, with their faults and fears, and yet they find the strength and courage to overcome it all and learn to trust and hope. I highly recommend this story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Poorly written

    One word - hoaky

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Forgotten

    Such a juvenile writing style, unrealistic plot, shallow characters. I had to stop and archive after realizing, halfway through, that I was forcing myself to continue reading because it was there...not because it was good. Two stars for the effort only. Review by CherishD

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Great book

    The book the forgotten child is a great book couldn't put it down

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Anonymous

    Liked it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    HEARTWARMING!!!!  

    HEARTWARMING!!!!  

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

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    Reviewed by Brenda C. for Readers Favorite Emily Nelson is a th

    Reviewed by Brenda C. for Readers Favorite

    Emily Nelson is a thirty-five year old woman who has been married to her husband Bob for twelve years. For the last ten years the marriage hasn't worked well and it worries her that all the fighting might affect her two year old daughter Katy, so she decides to end the marriage. Needing a job she answers an ad for a caregiver, cook position at a local ranch. She soon learns that the job is for a live in position on a ranch owned by Brad Friessen, cooking and taking care of his three year old son named Trevor. As Emily settles into her job, she quickly realizes something isn't right with Trevor, and becomes determined to find him the help he needs. Feelings also start to develop between her and Brad, but when his estranged wife comes back home things change in a hurry. Will Emily find the new beginning she is hoping for, and will she be able to help Trevor?

    "The Forgotten Child" opens up with a dramatic beginning that pulled me right in. Written with very well-developed characters, the book is easy to become invested in. Emily is putting an end to a loveless marriage, and as the author allows us to glimpse the true problems between her and her husband Bob it is easy to see why she wants to end it. Many women will see bits of themselves in Emily, from the self doubt and the fear of not being able to make it on their own, to taking that leap of faith anyway because wanting something better for themselves and their child propels them forward. Brad was also someone who was very realistic and handsome, but hurt by his estranged wife. He guards his heart, but knows he needs help with his son Trevor. Plenty of twists and turns along with mystery, suspense, and romance really made this book a real page turner, and although there are a few sexual situations they have been done with restraint. This story also taught me quite a bit about Autism, something I knew very little about. Overall, a real page turner with realistically-drawn characters, a fast moving plot and a very satisfying ending making "The Forgotten Child" a must read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

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    Recommended to all

    this is one of the best books I have read. It was heart grabbing and heart warming to the end. A good read for any parents who may have or not have a child with autism. I have recommended this book to friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2014

    Great!

    Great book, love the authors style of writing and short chapters. Will definitely read moe of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Loved the story.

    Quick read. New look at a real problem. Only issue was with Emily's weak character. She never grew and it was getting old toward the end of the story.

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

    Very good!

    This book is one that will keep your interest. The story line is the same--rich man finds beautiful women to match his needs! Of course there is always the ex, or soon to be ex lurking in the way. What was intriguing was how the main character dealt with an autistic child that was woven into the story. There was incite into the outlets available for autistic children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    J

    I havent even red it yet butits good

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  • Posted August 4, 2014

    Very enjoyable read

    This book was very easy and quick to read, but very enjoyable. I wished it were longer, it was over too quickly. I am a little disappointed that the follow up is a short story and not a complete novel. The characters were very real and easy to relate too, especially how Brad had to relate to his sons autism.

    I would definitely read this author again.

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  • Posted August 4, 2014

    This was a great book about love and patience. I loved the fact

    This was a great book about love and patience. I loved the fact the dad was putting his child before money and everything else..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Good read.

    Poignant story. Learned a little about autism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    Amazing

    This is a very good read.

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    Wonderful story

    Its more than a love story - its a overcoming one! Easy to read tale of people overcoming adversity, personal hardships and building friendships, increasing both self-worth and others'. Just a great story that warms you

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