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

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, 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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--“I have a child who has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum and this book, though briefly, touched on the symptoms! It made me cry and laugh! Your child, no matter the circumstance, comes first!”

--“A wonderful love story that not only is about the unconditional love between a man and woman, but an unconditional heart -filled love for a special child.”

--“I don’t normally read romance books, but this has changed my opinion. Very well written and hard to put down.”

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)
Or grab The Outsider Series: The Complete Omnibus Collection which includes all the books and short stories in this in this romantic saga.

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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

The Forgotten Child is the first book in The Outsider Series, the beginning of this romantic family saga of the Friessen men and the women they love.  The Forgotten Child is a love story between the oldest of the Friessen brother's Brad and a woman he hires to take care of his autistic child. 
Other Series you may enjoy:
THE OUTSIDER SERIES: An Emotionally charged romance series beginning with the Amazon Bestseller, The Forgotten Child.
THE FRIESSENS:  A NEW BEGINNING: The return of The Friessen men and the women they love in this emotionally charged Family Saga which follows THE OUTSIDER SERIES.
THE WILDE BROTHERS: Come and meet the Wilde Brothers of Idaho. Joe, Logan, Ben, Samuel, and Jake. You'll love the western flair and hot men and strong women in this romantic family saga.
THE SAVED SERIES is a hot military suspense with a love story set in a military setting. "This was a hard book to put down! A tough captain of a war ship finds a pregnant young girl in a dinghy alone in the ocean!" - Audrey
"The story that unfolds after Abby is rescued is a story of love and how it can change even the toughest man." From Crazy fast reader 
WALK THE RIGHT ROAD SERIES: "The Choice will leave you questioning your own morals and motivations and leave you asking others what they would do in that same situation. This is a genre-bending novel that will surprise you" from JRA.
"Rarely have I spent time reading a series that had me feeling every thought and emotion." From Mary Ellen

Traded (Jake)

Unforgiven (Samuel)
And new from THE FRIESSENS in 2015

The Reunion

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  • File Size: 1425 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063Y2OCE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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57 of 60 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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63 of 70 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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42 of 46 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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19 of 19 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 30 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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47 of 58 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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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of courage, hope and healing December 23, 2011
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
I loved this story. It had all the elements that made it a great read. Second chance at love. A son to be single mom who helps a son to be single dad realize that his son had... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Dianna Krueger
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put the book down!
I started this book yesterday and couldn't put it down. I have a passion for children with autism so this story drew me in and the love story added so much! Such a great book!
Published 4 days ago by Logan
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Published 15 days ago by Jane Amico
2.0 out of 5 stars Very misleading title and description.
This book was described as being about an autistic child; that was misleading as the child was just a prop in the story of a romantic triangle. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Willetta Rissell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed that book,looking forward to reading that next one A new baby and a marriage.
Published 26 days ago by Jan Conant
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read.
Published 28 days ago by Billie Henderson
Brad was raising Trevor and realized he needed help. He hired Emly to care for the child. Emily researched and learned Trevor was autistic , but, Brad denied it. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Grandma Betty Boop
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten child
This book brings to light some of the hurdles parents with children that have Autisum face every day. Great book.
Published 1 month ago by nanasue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed the Forgotten Child, I fell in love w/the characters!
Published 1 month ago by Donita Garner
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I do not normally read books that do not involve supernatural but this was something that captured my attention from beginning until the end. That was an amazing story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by marjeta
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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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