Ashley Rhodes-Courter’s Three Little Words, which I read a couple years ago, affected me deeply. The tangled web of foster care and outright cruelty by some so-called “caretakers” seemed only to strengthen the author’s spirit, which comes shining through. Very inspiring!
Last night I finished reading Ashley Rhodes-Courter’s memoir Three Little Words. The book, published in 2009, tells the story of how Ashley survived in Florida’s foster care system. Eventually she was adopted by a family with two adult sons, and she began a battle through the courts to seek justice and help for other foster children.
On Rhodes-Courter’s website, the synopsis is described this way:
“Sunshine, you’re my baby and I’m your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she’s not your mama.” Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system.
Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed…
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