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The Forgotten Child (Finding Love ~ The Outsider Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lorhainne Eckhart
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Book Description

Fall in love with the Friessen men and the women they love in Lorhainne Eckhart's bestselling romance series beginning with THE FORGOTTEN CHILD.

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... 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." Reviewer - 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!~

--"I didn't expect I'd fall for the four main characters as hard as I did, but The Forgotten Child is an amazing book, not just for a romance fan like myself, but for single parents who may or may not have a child with autism."

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, 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?

The Forgotten Child (Brad & Emily)
A Baby And A Wedding (An Outsider Series Short)
Fallen Hero (Andy, Jed & Diana)
The Search (An Outsider Series Short)
The Awakening (Andy & Laura)
Secrets (Jed & Diana)
Runaway(Andy & Laura)
Overdue (An Outsider Series Short)
The Unexpected Storm (Neil & Candy)
The Wedding (Neil & Candy)

The Deadline (Andy & Laura)
The Price to Love (Neil & Candy)
A Different Kind of Love (Brad & Emily) *Coming Sept 2014

The One (Joe & Margaret)
The Honeymoon, A Wilde Brothers Short
Friendly Fire (Logan & Julia)
Not Quite Married, A Wilde Brothers Short
(Coming Summer 2014) A Matter of Trust (Ben & Carrie)

The Choice
Lost And Found
Blown Away, The Final Chapter

Editorial Reviews


What Reviewers are saying:
FROM ROMANCE JUNKIES -  I don't normally read books that do not involve the supernatural but this was an amazing story line. THE FORGOTTEN CHILD focuses on not just the love one can find in a partner but also their child. As a mother, this was something that captured my attention from the beginning.  Brad has such passion when it comes to his son that you can't help but fall for him. The persistence of both Brad and Emily showed true love of a child, both biological and not. I fell in love with the characters as well as their story. 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. This is by far one of the best books I have read.

Lorhainne Eckhart is a new author to me, but she is definitely going on my list of authors' books to lookout for because she turned my world and emotions upside with this compelling, realistic story of heartache and unconditional love between a man and a woman, a man and his son, and a woman and a little boy who she quickly grows to love....
~BlackRaven's Reviews~

From the Author

Every book I write has characters near and dear to my heart. The books I write are the ones I want to read, with characters I want to meet, (Okay maybe one or two I'd rather not), but with hero's to cheer for, and always love to hope for.
~ Lorhainne Eckhart

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  • Print Length: 169 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063Y2OCE
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Child June 14, 2012
By RayeAnn
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The book was good but I would have liked it better if the author had spent more time exploring the autistic child's world, their future as a family and how they were going to blend the child's "normal" in with their daily lives. Too much of the book was taken up with getting rid of the current wife. I guess as I grow older I find the graphic sexual content in these type of books distracting from the heart of the story - the child and autism was the draw for me and I was disappointed that was secondary to the love story. The title rang true in that the child was forgotten to a certain extent in exchange for the drama with the wife.The Forgotten Child
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet!! November 13, 2011
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The Forgotten Child is a book full of emotional intensity that carries the reader into Emily's world where she is fed up with her no-good husband and decides the time has come to make a long-needed change. She takes her daughter Katy and hires on as housekeeper, nanny and cook for Brad who is a rancher and a father to an autistic son. It takes Emily some time to make Brad aware that the problems with his son are medical ones and that he needs special care and attention. Just as Emily settles into her position in the house and into a budding romantic role with her boss, his runaway wife returns and upsets the whole apple cart. Poor Emily is ousted and humiliated until Brad sees what's really going on and takes steps to straighten out the mess in his life. Until the end, a lot of heartache and trauma happen that force the reader to keep turning the pages.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Child February 8, 2012
By Scooby2
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this from Library Thing. It was a nice quick story, very well written and very realistic when it came to accepting an autistic child. I read this story in two evenings. There is everything from romance, love, anger, hurt, and everything in between in this story. Beware there is some sexual content. I would recommend this story for those who like a quick romance story.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling September 6, 2012
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I have a grandson with autism. It was painful reading that the woman "helping" the child with autism was sitting him in front of the tv all the time...and that she did the same thing with her daughter. I could relate to the tantrums and humming coming from the boy, but if you're going to write about a child with autism, you should know fully what a day in their lives is truly like. The story was supposedly written about "The Forgotten Child" but the entire story mostly forgot about the children and focused mainly on the man and woman.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars accurate title June 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Very accurate title for this book. There was very little in the way of focusing on Trevor's autism and the supposed therapy for him. The book was more about an ill-tempered man who went from raging to having sex in a millisecond. The story was disjointed at times. For example, Emily was a klutzy, jumpy woman around Brad and in the next paragraph she's letting him rip her clothes off. Huh? No segue at all. The author says the book has been proofread and edited, but it definitely needs another proofing. This could have been a very sweet story if the author had stuck with the original intended story (based on my interpretation from the title and synopsis) and toned down the gratuitous sex.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of courage, hope and healing December 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely unreadable July 26, 2013
By Curious
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This book was so full of grammatical errors, punctuation errors and nonsense prose that I could not believe it was written by an adult, much less edited and proofread! Every page was so full of glaring errors and obvious mistakes (incomplete sentences, fragments, contradictions etc.) that I found it a chore to read, even before the overdone and completely pointless profanity finally caused me to close the book in disgust.

Perhaps the author should look up the definition to the word "integrity" as well. I do not think it means what she thinks it means.

The story itself was based on an interesting idea, but the execution of it was just incredibly substandard. Unless you enjoy puzzling through senseless phrases, shallow plots, unlikable characters, offensive language and ideas and tired cliches, don't waste your dollar.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really nice read. Good book
Published 1 hour ago by Child Development teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Child.
This was a wonderful story. A story of a child with autism and how he was fought for by the ones who loved him.
This is a really good book and well worth reading. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Judy Marie Florence
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
The story was beautiful the parents (Brad & Emily) finding out about Trevor and how to deal with the symptoms of autism was wonderful. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Deb Risner
4.0 out of 5 stars Like It
I really hated Crystal, she was the worse mom to little Trevor. I loved the book and I'm glad it ended happily especially for Trevor.
Published 8 hours ago by Pearl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved the story. It is so true for so many children.
Published 10 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
This was a great book. Very well written and very hard to put down. would love to read more from this author.
Published 10 hours ago by Jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten child
Excellent book. Not what I was expecting by the title but extraordinary well written. This book opens the eyes of those w/o might not understand autism and the effects it has on... Read more
Published 1 day ago by wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting love store
Interesting love story, looking forward to reading the next in the series. How a woman could do the things this wife did and he stayed married to her after she left him is beyond... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Beverly A. Coulson
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the reading
interesting book about how some people except children in need. I enjoyed the reading, as I lived in the area awhile back.
Published 1 day ago by ruthie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
could not put it down. brad and Emily are now a couple I like to follow throughout their relationship. Excellent writing keeping you glued to the book.
Published 1 day ago by Connie Irey
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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 300,000 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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