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

Lorhainne Eckhart
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Book Description

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


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?

More Praise for THE FORGOTTEN CHILD...

"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." Amazon 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.
 ~ Reviewer ~ Adria

Finding Love ~ The Outsider Series in order:
·The Forgotten Child
·A Baby and a Wedding
·Fallen Hero
·The Search
·The Awakening
·The Unexpected Storm
·The Wedding

Military Romantic Suspense - The Saved Series
·Saved - Growing up, I had dreams that one day I'd fall in love, get married and start
a family. Then one night I was taken. But I survived, I escaped, and I was saved. Eric didn't see me as damaged. He didn't see my baby as a monster. He protected me, he kept me safe...he saved me.

·Vanished - She thought her nightmare was over...

Editorial Reviews


Enjoy all the books in The Outsider Series (Brad, Jed, Andy & Neil)
The Forgotten Child
A Baby And A Wedding
Fallen Hero
The Search
The Awakening
The Unexpected Storm
The Wedding

What Reviewers are saying:
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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1246 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063Y2OCE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet!! November 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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26 of 26 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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25 of 27 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic look at special need children January 11, 2012
By Lisa F.
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a very interesting book. The denial and then acceptance of dealing with a special needs child was very realistic and hit close to home. In this story Emily is separating from her husband and answers an add to take care of a young child and cook meals. The child is Trevor and he is autistic. Emily struggles to help his father understand what is holding his son back and the unusual behavior associated with autism. She seeks to help him cope and receive help for his son.

In the process there is romance, conflict and resolution. The elements that we love in a romance book.

There is adult content in the book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, Touching Story December 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Even though I wanted to slap the main character a few times and tell her to grow some effing balls, it was a really great read. BTW, she eventually starts standing up for herself, so be patient. While the overall plot is a little far-fetched (like it should be, because who really wants to read about a normal person's day) the daily grind and the small details are very relatable and real. As a mom I definitely found Emily's dealings with the kids as something that I could relate to.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Child June 14, 2012
By RayeAnn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner!! December 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Story Description:

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 his boy. And the reclusive difficult man that hired her, can't see the behavior and how delayed his son is. Emily researches, until she stumbles across what she suspects is 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, it's unavoidable the attraction--the connection that sparks between them. And just as they're getting close, Brad's estranged wife Crystal returns after abandoning them two years earlier. In amongst the shock and confusion there's one disturbing fact Brad can't shake. How does she 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 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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Book
This was a very good book, making it clear how often autistic children are undiagnosed because parents don't want to admit or recognize that there is something different about... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Diane D. Tomlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
Emily is nine years old and takes care of her sister. She is younger and has epilepsy. Her mother is a kept woman of Todd Friessen. They live in a poor cabin on his property. Read more
Published 12 days ago by DonnaPhills59pa
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Felt the denial of the father to be realistic. He was alone and just didn't want to see the problems with his son. Read more
Published 15 days ago by KCZ
5.0 out of 5 stars You will not forget this book!!!
I just finished "the forgotten child" and read it in one sitting. I could not put it down. There was never a dull moment. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great read. I really enjoyed it! I have to have a book from the beginning catch my attention or I can't read it. I couldn't put this down.
Published 19 days ago by stacy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good. A lot of sexual details but we'll written.
Could have done without all of the sexual details...I was reading this book expecting more about autism. I understand the need for sexual drama. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Allysa Wilson Beers
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Liked learning about being around and informed the problem of autism. would have liked an ending with more explaining. Seemed to be cut short.
Published 26 days ago by marilyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Love Series
The book was very good and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I had not read any of Lorhainne Eckhart's book.
Published 29 days ago by Nanan
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet story
I was looking for something different to read--tired of all the billionaire books out there and saw that Eckhart has a whole series that I'd already downloaded at different times... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Very intense book that kept my interest throughout. Easy plot to follow & good story line. Deciding to leave Bob & it happening so quickly was kind of a stretch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marlene Shofner-Daves
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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 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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