Publisher Description

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


OVER 500,000 copies sold worldwide’ Now translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish. 

“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 sacrificeEmily, 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.” 


This edition INCLUDES FREE bonus novella A BABY AND A WEDDING

Read THE OUTSIDER SERIES in order now spanning three series:  

The Forgotten Child (Brad & Emily)  

A Baby And A Wedding (FREE An Outsider Series Short)  

Fallen Hero (Andy, Jed & Diana)  

The Search (FREE An Outsider Series Short)  

The Awakening (Andy & Laura)  

Secrets (Jed & Diana)  

Runaway (Andy & Laura)

Overdue (FREE An Outsider Series Short)

The Unexpected Storm (Neil & Candy)

The Wedding (Neil, Candy & The Friessen Family)

The Friessens: A New Beginning

The Deadline (Andy and Laura)

The Price to Love (Neil and Candy)

A Different Kind of Love (Brad and Emily)

A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Friessens

The Reunion

The Bloodline (Andy & Laura)

The Promise (Diana & Jed)

The Business Plan (Neil & Candy)

The Decision (Brad & Emily)

First Love (Katy)

Family First

Leave the Light On

In the Moment

In the Family

In the Silence

In the Stars

In the Charm

Don't miss the new spinoff series coming January 2017 - The McCabe Brothers

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Customer Reviews

libah5 ,

Great read

I love romance and mystery and children so this book was right up my alley. I love the intensity of the characters also. The only thing I didn't like was the dullness of the female lead character. After getting to know the male lead and after meeting the estranged wife, a normal female would be sharper. She would question the other female's motives and attribute most tragedies to that female NOT blame the male. Emily thinks Brad is lying and conniving when she is aware that those traits are not in line with his character. She also knows that the blonde wifey is not so nice. So why would she believe anything that wifey says? That was the only unrealistic aspect of the story. But I still love the story line.

733void ,

The Forgotten Child

This was a great book. The characters were
very real. Thank you for a wonderful story.

MelissaNY666 ,

Book 1

I picked this book because it reviews. Not knowing the author and her style of writing. I am so glad read this book. The story is well written, researched and leave her you wanting more. It's great that it's a series, on to book 2.

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