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
Published By

Thistle Publishing

ISBN 9781786080653
Non Fiction Genre Biography
Publication Date 05/31/2018
Price 5.99
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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 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

  43. Such a sad story from a very brave and strong lady. So sorry for all you had to endure.god bless

  44. I was in an abusive relationship and after reading this book plucked up the courage to walk. So thank you cathy

  45. I have known Cathy nearly 40 years, Kirsty was my goddaughter I have so much love for this woman she is the strongest woman I know… love you honey xxx

  46. This book was a honest and heartbreaking read I would recommend for people to read it. In one chapter I just started crying and it made me realize how brave and strong anddetermined that Cathy is at keeping her daughter’s memory alive xxx

  47. such an inspirational lady my heart goes out to you and your family how brave you are to write this book and tell people of the horrors that you went through love you Cathy

  48. Very well written and comprehensive account of the heartbreaking tragedy the poor family gave endured. I have so much admiration for Cathy, the author, for managing to re-live these events to write this book, a very strong lady indeed. This book had me in tear from the start, you can feel the pain and emotion jumping out at you from the pages. A truly horrific series of events that no one should have to experience.

  49. So sad

  50. What an inspirational lady. My heart goes out to Catherine and her daughter Sonya ❤️

  51. breaks my heart even thinking whats took place….evil beyond words

  52. Cathy I really feel for you .It must have been very hard for you relive all these horrible memories to write this book

  53. God love you Cathy xx

  54. Massive hugs to you always Cathy. From one broken Mumma to another xx

  55. What a brave woman to write her heart breaking story down. Such an inspirational woman you are Cathy. I couldn’t put the book down, I read it all on the day I bought it through tears need I add. I can’t imagine what you went through and still are going through. God bless you xx

  56. Heartbreaking beautifully written and what a wonderful mum and lady thinking of you and you family x

  57. Could not put this book down my heart bleeds for the family as a mother I don’t know how you coped such a strong lady . I’m from coventry myself . My whole family have read the book and couldn’t put it down highly recommended x so sorry sending big hugs to you and your family x

  58. My heart breaks for you! X

  59. Heartbreaking just impossible to imagine the pain and suffering this poor family must have and are still going through. My thoughts and prayers with you all

  60. To lose one child is heartbreakung in its self but to lose two well I have no words. Life can be so cruel sometimes. How Cathy has coped I will never know. Best wishes

  61. Awful just awful makes you realise how quickly life can be taken. Cathy and all her family have been to hell and back

  62. Such a brave mum to write her tragic well written story. Thoughts are with you XX

  63. How does a mother get through the loss of her 2 children ,i myself lost my son nearly 7 years ago ,,How Cathy has had the strenth to write her book i will never know,my heart and love goes out to her She is one very brave lady,and i wish her a beautiful futcher.,God Bless you Cathy..💕💕💕 xxx.

  64. Lovely sad story,I am sure every mother felt for this mother
    April 12 2019 GodBless❤🌹🌹

  65. Very sad story very well written
    My heart goes out to this lady
    God bless her 💕💕💕💕

  66. Poor family what a very shocking story, well done to Cathy for getting it out there. It must have been hard for her reliving all the dreadful events leading up to the tragic deaths of her two gorgeous angels

  67. I haven’t read this, I never even knew about it until I saw it on one of the grieving parents website I belong to. I will definitely buy this book. My husband and I lost our youngest son (16) in an car accident, I just can’t imagine losing two. Heart, hugs and many prayers to you, Cathy!!

  68. I just purchased the book, but I haven’t read it yet. I promise I will. I am so proud of cathy for having the strength and courage to write about the loss of her precious daughter. It takes a brave person to be able to open themselves up and share heart breaking moments like this. I applaud her for writing this book, I know how she must have felt while writing it with tears in her eyes. I myself have experienced the loss of a son to senseless gun violence I know that I will find myself in the pages of this book. My thoughts are with you cathy and I pray for healing for you and your family. I am going to read as soon as I finish this post.

  69. On my to read list

  70. Such a sad book, it makes you realise that life is too short and you never know what’s around the corner. Cherish your lived one’s and tell them you live them everyday. Big hugs Cathy

  71. I need to read this

  72. Such a tragic and sad story, poor family and if it wasn’t enough to lose Kirsty to a vile sick human beings actions, but to then also lose Hayley.Cathy is so strong and an inspiration to us all to have been able to write this biography about this situation. I have to say it’s the saddest thing I have ever read.

  73. Such a sad read, a book that no mother should ever have to write. Cathy you deserve to win. I can imagine this book has helped so many grieving mothers

  74. An amazing read ,by an amazing woman a beautiful legacy to your daughters how you have coped is a miracle .

  75. A very sad book written by a very brave lady. God rest the souls of your two beautiful daughters, hayley and kirsty

  76. Knowing all of her family made it hard reading for me. Cathy has got the support from Sonia and Dave, but she is such a strong and brave woman. To have suffered the tragic death/ murder of her Kirsty and not long after Hayley joined her baby sister. Her only comfort knowing their together now. Big box of tissues needed

  77. These are my cousin’s daughters. I thought I was strong, but realizing what she has been through makes my issues seem minute. She is so strong. If I only had a little bit of her strength I would be okay. Love you so much. Keep on your crusade. It could save many lives.

  78. So sad. No mother should have to go through this.
    One very brave and strong woman.
    Your daughters are surely smiling down on you Cathy. God bless.

  79. How anyone can carry on after so much heartache is beyond words. I read this book with tears streaming down my face.. Much love to Cathy and all her family x

  80. I was in an abusive relationship and read this book, it gave me the strength to get out. I could have been another kirsty. Thank you Cathy for sharing your true story it has probably saved my life and others. Much love to you all 💕💕💕

  81. Such a heartbreaking story, Cathy and Dave are such courageous people, God bless xx

  82. Cathy. One of the bravest and strongest women. The loss of two of her beautiful Princesses is truly heartbreaking. A wonderful mother who has somehow managed to get the strength from somewhere. This book will hopefully help other vulnerable women leave abusive monsters. I love you Cathy. You are amazing ❤️

  83. Such an emotional read. My heart goes out to you Cathy. You are such an inspiration to other women. ❤️

  84. Such a brave woman. I lost a son and could just not imagine losing another. The emotions that Cathy wrote about after the lose of girls was spot on it was exactly how I felt and now realise that it was normal and that I wasn’t the only one to act and feel how I did. A huge lot of love to you cathy💖💖

  85. Such a sad and heartbreaking read. Cathy has a beautiful strong soul 💜💜💜💜

  86. Your strength and bravery is so inspiring! Your truly a amazing soul. ❤️

  87. A heartbreaking read from a heartbroken mother. My god be with you 💕💕💕💕

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