The Forgotten Child

The Forgotten Child

by Lorhainne Eckhart


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

-"This is by far one of the best books I have read. Lorhainne Eckhart proved herself yet again by pulling you in with a heartfelt story and keeping your attention with the passion that fills the pages." - ROMANCE JUNKIES

-"A Real Tear Jerker: Omg, I loved this book. I stayed up all night trying to finish it. I cried, My heart broke, I have an 18 year old with autism. This would make a fabulous movie." Reviewer - Tammy

-"Brilliant, there is no other word for it, heart grabbing, heart warming, gut wrenching, well written well researched, wanted to read it over & over again." - Maureen

-BLACK RAVEN'S REVIEWS - "Ms. Eckhart has crafted a delightful story with engaging characters, enough drama for a Hallmark movie, and enough unconditional love to last a lifetime."-Rated 5 Ravens and a Recommended Read by AJ!-

In THE FORGOTTEN CHILD, Brad Friessen 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, 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. 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.

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 lengths to which Crystal will go, the lies, the greed, just to keep what's hers, are nothing short of cold and calculating. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982051648
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/26/2017
Series: Outsider (Friessen Legacy) Series , #1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Lorhainne Eckhart's books have been described as Longmire meets old school Dallas and she recently received the 2013 Readers' Favorite Award for Romantic Suspense for her title Lost and Found. With over 30 titles under her belt, she is frequently a top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres such as Romance, Westerns and Mystery/Suspense, including such series as The Outsider, Walk the Right Road, The Wilde Brothers, The Saved and her most recent addition The Friessens: A New Beginning.

Lorhainne lives on sunny Salt Spring Island with her family where she is working on her next novel.

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The Forgotten Child 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
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.
Hapma More than 1 year ago
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.
Grandma45 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book the forgotten child is a great book couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the depth of the characters in Forgotten Child, including the evil one. The story and setting were unforgettable. The description of the child with autism was a pretty accurate one from what I've experienced. It brought a sense of realism to the book. There were a few repetitive words that made the story less enjoyable ; one being, "tummy". I felt the author was talking to a very young child instead of the adult audience for whom the book was witten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One word - hoaky
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is OK, kind of goes on and on and could be more realistic, but I liked that it was a complete book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out to be a good read but characters were disappointing. Brad was arrogant, Emily was whiny, Crystal was viciously mean and Trevor was left out other than to introduce
katydid3 More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book. Have found a new writer to follow. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, love the authors style of writing and short chapters. Will definitely read moe of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
cmg54 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent even red it yet butits good
lakergirlMW More than 1 year ago
This was a great book about love and patience. I loved the fact the dad was putting his child before money and everything else..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poignant story. Learned a little about autism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good read.
tomorrowFL More than 1 year ago
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
dct50 More than 1 year ago
Liked it, Keeps your interest and keeps you wanting for a continued story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very encouraging book for those with autistic children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very amazing story. It being one of the better books that I've read for sometime it was hard to put the book down. I would recommend this book to everyone