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Through A Mother’s Tears
Subtitle The tragic true story of a mother who lost one daughter to a brutal murderer and another to a broken heart
By Cathy Broomfield
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Through A Mother’s Tears

ISBN 9781786080653
Non Fiction Genre Biography
Publication Date 05/31/2018
Price 5.99
Paperback Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/Through-Mothers-Tears-daughter-murderer/dp/1786080656
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When Cathy Broomfield’s daughter Kirsty disappeared, Cathy hoped she had gone to stay with friends, to escape her brutal husband. Through a Mother’s Tears is the poignant and moving story of how Cathy lost not only Kirsty, but also her big sister Hayley, who died of heartbreak when the agony of her Kirsty’s loss became too much to bear.

Author's Bio

Cathy Broomfield is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has lived in South Wales with her husband Dave for the past 20 years. This is her first book.


A true story written bravely by Cathy Broomfield. If I could not read anything so sad again, I would be quite content. This book haunted me. Sometimes reading a sad true story leaves you feeling devastated for the pain this family endured. Sometimes it can make us feel that our own problems are not so bad.”
Karen Murphy (Reviewer)

“Bleak and haunting this is a sad tale of the aftermath of murder and the ripples it causes over the years. Cathy Broomfield should never have had to write this book, the death of her daughters was tragic.”
Julianne Freer (Reviewer)

“A heartbreakingly honest novel of loss and grief.”
Kate Ellis (Reviewer)

“Such a sad recollection from a brave mother. I commend the bravery and strength of this family. A book I read in one sitting.”
Clare Matthews (Reviewer)

“A harrowing tale that had to be told… it kept me hooked immediately.”
Reilly Cook (Reviewer)

“This is a heartbreaking true story… As a mother this really affected me. I do not know how Cathy Broomfield found the strength to carry on and write this.”
Angela Hunt (Reviewer)

“Cathy Broomfield is a brave loving mother and I have the utmost respect for her and her family.”
Mary Thomas (Reviewer)

“What a heartbreaking read. Cathy, you say you are weak but in my eyes you are one of the strongest women I have ever read about.”
Adele Shea (Reviewer)

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  1. One of the saddest books I have ever read. It’s amazing how Cathy has survived through such tragedies.

  2. A heartbreaking read, such a strong and lovely lady. Being a grieving parent is not a club any of us want to be in. How Cathy put this in a book makes her so brave, I have tried myself but keep stopping had to read her book without putting it down.

  3. Tragic loss xx

  4. I remember this tragic story on the news ,i purchased the book and to say its heartbreaking indeed ,can’t imagine what the family went through and wouldn’t like to ,100% respect for cathy strongest woman i no❤

  5. Read this book as i knew of this tragedy that Cathy went through. Cannot imagine the pain and heartache this family went through. Very good book to read

  6. Such a strong mom with with such a heartbreaking story! as a fellow angel mommy i can’t believe her courage and determination after all she’s been through! her girls would be so proud of her x

  7. Love you sis. Still can’t read the book. Just like remembering the good times we had. Such a strong woman you are . Love Dan and family

  8. Every parents worst nightmare
    Heart goes out for you Cathy x

  9. absolutly gripping couldnt put the book down my thought go out to cathy, couldnt even imagine what you went through x

  10. A truly heart breaking story that no one should ever have to go through

  11. amazing book how Catherine , has coped losing her two daughters in such sad circumstances, takes so much courage .

  12. How , has coped with losing both her daughters and show so much courage , take a special kind of strength i congratulate her <3

  13. Brilliant read :0)

  14. The struggles, the horror, the emotional rollercoaster the fear, the shock, draws you in, takes your heart and squashes it, then taking your tear ducs and opening the flood gates. Congratulations for having the courage to produce such an eye opener.

  15. beautifully written
    It’s tone of voice really drew me in

  16. Brilliant read xxx

  17. As a mother who has lost 2 of my children, my heart goes out to this lady.

  18. No family should have to go through what this family have it’s every parent nightmare my heart goes out to them….

  19. So sad …well done for sharing ..so grave xx

  20. People who survive the loss of a child are the braves their people on earth. It took courage to tell her story and I am glad she entrusted it to Bernadette Thompson.

  21. A totally heartwrenching true story can not my friend cath has had this much tragedy in her life…R.I.P my beautiful godaughter Kirsty…R.I.P to your beautiful sister Hayley and god bless you my friend Catherine Broomfield xxx

  22. A brave inspirational lady
    So much courage to speak out
    To loose a child in such circumstances is horrific
    To loose two children Is beyond
    The most horrific nightmare
    Stay strong Catherine

  23. Such a heart Breaking book. No mother should have to bury a child let alone 2. My heart breaks for Cathy and dave x

  24. So sad

  25. So hartbreaking x

  26. this book lets you know what a parent feels like when they lose a loved one

  27. Would love to read this book

  28. Ever since my daughter was born 11 years ago, my ex said that if i wanted to see her then take it to court. I have done. 3.or 4 times a year i go to court. I got a good few years with her, then it stopped. I have not seen her for over two years now. Its like a bereavement but she is still alive. I lnow how i feel. Cathy must be going through so much more and for jer daughter to die of a broken heart!. This world is so cruel but rise above it. I know its hard but her/my daughter would wont me to live a full life. Life is too short.

  29. Well done for finding the strength and courage to write your book.God bless xx

  30. Cathy is one of the most inspirational women I know
    No mother should go through the pain of loosing a daughter to murder let alone another of a broken heart
    This book is a stark reminder of how the unthinkable can alter your life, so much love for Cathy and her family xxx

  31. Such a inspirational lady
    Such a tragic loss of two beautiful daughters
    This book brought tears to your eyes
    But also awerness if the depth of despair this family have been through and continue to go through

  32. I read this book and cried floods of tears what this lady and her Daugthers have gone through is unimaginable, you Cathy are truly a remarkable woman,God bless you

  33. This book is a well written account on how life has to go on when you lose a child (of any age), how such an horrendous event affects the whole family, and the devastating journey of the family being unable to prevent the dire consequences for each other. We know that after a murder in the family life will never be the same again, but this book outlines just how much that is the case. There are moments of pure anger, moments of sadness, of weakness and of strength. It gives an insight, but nothing can make us fully understand how this family feels. Cathy is remarkable, of that there is no doubt.

  34. I am going to order the book stay strongCATHY

  35. This is a heartbreaking story. Everyone should read it, so they can better understand the pain of loss.

  36. What a great read

  37. When I started this book I couldn’t put it down. It was really well written and I felt so sad as the story unfolded I felt a mother’s heartache as I have a daughter the same age . You are one brave lady to share this thankyou a sad but good book ❤️

  38. 27/1/19. Such a sad story of two beautiful sisters! Catherine you are a very inspirational lady! Both your daughters would be very proud of you! 😇😇💕💕😘

  39. Very sad read well done for getting it out there must of been hard xx

  40. So sad heart goes out to this mum xx

  41. My niece wrote this. My heart goes out to her and her daughter Sonya x

  42. Voted. Touched my heart so much. Your beautiful girls will be so proud of you xx

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