September’s Child, book one, A Remarkably True Story:  Little preschool age Anna survived neglect to be placed into an in general, uncaring system.  A system that did not care, after all she was just a voiceless child.  The court rushed Anna through to adoption.  Placing her in a home with an emotionally distressed mother.  To survive Anna had to, at times be creative, to save herself.  

The first September’s Child book was not about being locked in a basement, or bruised so badly everyone could see, but still did nothing about it.  Nor was it about being forced to eat things that should not be eaten.  Instead it was about hidden abuse.  Hidden abuse, like all abuse is wrong no matter how you look at it.  Anna lived in a home where, out in public everything appeared normal.  Children were obedient, and happy.  Anna’s adopted mother was involved in, and often was head of, organizations that mattered.  Making herself look the part she was trying to portray.

Anna’s Mother Harriet often told her how good of an actress she would have made.  Being able to be shoved down stairs, chocked, mocked, denied food, and still being able to act the way she was supposed to act when the family went on outings together.  Not showing others, how hungry she was, by gobbling up her food.  Not flinching when Harriet came near her.  Anna had learned telling did no good.

Anna never rebelled!  To rebel only made things worse.  She lived in loneliness, that would follow her through much of her life.  She learned to never trust anyone.  She learned that the world she lived in was sad, and heartless.  She learned to never act out, the world did not accept those who act out.  Being different was not acceptable!    
Bring On The Rain is book two of September’s Child.  It continues where book one left off.  
 
The writing of "September's Child."  (My Journey!)
I started writing “September’s Child” in April 2013, when I found myself thrust into a several month court ordeal over guardianship of my adopted father.  I found out so many wrong things were being done concerning my fathers care.  These things I did not find out until my father had been in a nursing home for more than a year.  My family did not want me to know what they were up to.  They still do not want me to know what they are up to.  Each and every one of them lawyer-ed up.  I had one lawyer compared to their 6.  In the battle of guardianship over daddy, it was my lawyer against all 6 of theirs.
During the many different court sessions, I was made to look absolutely awful.  I was not a good daughter, because I had taken the time to raise 5 children on my own.  I was not a good daughter because on several occasions daddy helped me out financially.  My past in this family who saw me as a nobody caught up with me.  They were not going to allow me to find out what they were doing with daddy’s stocks, bonds, CD’s or bank accounts.  They went all out to stop me dead in my tracks.
Feelings of inadequacy rushed back to me filling my brain with images of my childhood.   Nearly every court session sent me home in tears.  This was the final straw.  I was ready to tell the world my story!  This was the beginning of “September’s Child.”
I would like to make one thing clear.  I do not want or need anything from my adopted family.  Every single thing attached to my adopted family is attached to pain.  This is not about material items, or money.  It is also not about getting back at anyone.  It is purely about putting the past away for good.  So I can live the rest of my life.  Though my pain will never go away, and I realize that every time I have to deal with my adopted family there is going to be pain.  I also realize that after daddy is gone, I will no longer have a need for my adopted family.  (Sad, but true.) 
The writing of "September's Child."  (My Journey!)
I started writing “September’s Child” in April 2013, when I found myself thrust into a several month court ordeal over guardianship of my adopted father.  I found out so many wrong things were being done concerning my fathers care.  These things I did not find out until my father had been in a nursing home for more than a year.  My family did not want me to know what they were up to.  They still do not want me to know what they are up to.  Each and every one of them lawyer-ed up.  I had one lawyer compared to their 6.  In the battle of guardianship over daddy, it was my lawyer against all 6 of theirs.
During the many different court sessions, I was made to look absolutely awful.  I was not a good daughter, because I had taken the time to raise 5 children on my own.  I was not a good daughter because on several occasions daddy helped me out financially.  My past in this family who saw me as a nobody caught up with me.  They were not going to allow me to find out what they were doing with daddy’s stocks, bonds, CD’s or bank accounts.  They went all out to stop me dead in my tracks.
Feelings of inadequacy rushed back to me filling my brain with images of my childhood.   Nearly every court session sent me home in tears.  This was the final straw.  I was ready to tell the world my story!  This was the beginning of “September’s Child.”
I would like to make one thing clear.  I do not want or need anything from my adopted family.  Every single thing attached to my adopted family is attached to pain.  This is not about material items, or money.  It is also not about getting back at anyone.  It is purely about putting the past away for good.  So I can live the rest of my life.  Though my pain will never go away, and I realize that every time I have to deal with my adopted family there is going to be pain.  I also realize that after daddy is gone, I will no longer have a need for my adopted family.  (Sad, but true.) 
September's Child Reader Reviews

Septembers Child was an inspiring yet heartbreaking story.  The trials that Anna had to endure is something that no one can imagine unless you have been there yourself.  This book kept me reading from the start to the end, it was hard to put down.  I would recommend this read to anyone.  Just make sure you have a box of tissue handy as you will need it.  Can hardly wait to read the next book Septembers Child 2 Bring on the Rain.  
Sherry Boulton - Wagner

September's Child Reader Reviews

September's Child Reader Reviews

Septembers Child was an inspiring yet heartbreaking story.  The trials that Anna had to endure is something that no one can imagine unless you have been there yourself.  This book kept me reading from the start to the end, it was hard to put down.  I would recommend this read to anyone.  Just make sure you have a box of tissue handy as you will need it.  Can hardly wait to read the next book Septembers Child 2 Bring on the Rain.  
Sherry Boulton - WagnerSeptember's Child Reader Reviews

Septembers Child was an inspiring yet heartbreaking story.  The trials that Anna had to endure is something that no one can imagine unless you have been there yourself.  This book kept me reading from the start to the end, it was hard to put down.  I would recommend this read to anyone.  Just make sure you have a box of tissue handy as you will need it.  Can hardly wait to read the next book Septembers Child 2 Bring on the Rain.  
Sherry Boulton - WagnerSeptember's Child Reader Reviews

Septembers Child was an inspiring yet heartbreaking story.  The trials that Anna had to endure is something that no one can imagine unless you have been there yourself.  This book kept me reading from the start to the end, it was hard to put down.  I would recommend this read to anyone.  Just make sure you have a box of tissue handy as you will need it.  Can hardly wait to read the next book Septembers Child 2 Bring on the Rain.  
Sherry Boulton - WagnerSeptember's Child Reader Reviews

Septembers Child was an inspiring yet heartbreaking story.  The trials that Anna had to endure is something that no one can imagine unless you have been there yourself.  This book kept me reading from the start to the end, it was hard to put down.  I would recommend this read to anyone.  Just make sure you have a box of tissue handy as you will need it.  Can hardly wait to read the next book Septembers Child 2 Bring on the Rain.  
Sherry Boulton - WagnerSeptember's Child Reader Reviews

Septembers Child was an inspiring yet heartbreaking story.  The trials that Anna had to endure is something that no one can imagine unless you have been there yourself.  This book kept me reading from the start to the end, it was hard to put down.  I would recommend this read to anyone.  Just make sure you have a box of tissue handy as you will need it.  Can hardly wait to read the next book Septembers Child 2 Bring on the Rain.  
Sherry Boulton - WagnerSeptember's Child Reader Reviews

Septembers Child was an inspiring yet heartbreaking story.  The trials that Anna had to endure is something that no one can imagine unless you have been there yourself.  This book kept me reading from the start to the end, it was hard to put down.  I would recommend this read to anyone.  Just make sure you have a box of tissue handy as you will need it.  Can hardly wait to read the next book Septembers Child 2 Bring on the Rain.  
Sherry Boulton - Wagner
I did a special request to review a book It was an honor. September's Child by Carol Staff is a true story. Her story. I gave it 5 stars.

September’s Child is an autobiography. It is written by a survivor of neglect and abuse, not saved by a cruel system of child welfare in this country and around the world, but by her own courage, wits, and determination. It takes you back when she was a helpless child. You hear her sweet voice talking to you. Her story grabs you, and holds you, as you are the witness to her pain and suffering, but there’s nothing you can do about it. I became teary eyed. She is not seeking revenge or an indictment of those that harmed her. She simply tells her story. A story about a lovely child, taken from her mother who had a multitude of problems, taken from a happy foster home, and placed by a court system that trapped her in a home with a sadist. As an honored reviewer of her book, and as a former investigator of child abuse and neglect in NYC in the 1970’s, I can attest to the accuracy of her perception of societal institutions that are supposed to protect children, but don’t always fulfill their mandate. Neighbors, relatives, and professionals often see the abuse and for the fear of getting involved, do nothing. And worse, even in this day and age, children still have few rights. Their cries for help aren’t always heard. The court system decides on a child’s future with an indifference to the wishes of the child. Their idiotic judgment is a child is simply a pet, like a dog or a cat and they will adapt. All they need is food and housing. They don’t care that Children have feelings. This book is for everyone to read. It is an essential read for those who work with children in any capacity: teacher, social worker, judge, attorney, and doctor, so they can identify with the feelings of children in their care and protect them.

Steve


Septembers Child was an inspiring yet heartbreaking story.  The trials that Anna had to endure is something that no one can imagine unless you have been there yourself.  This book kept me reading from the start to the end, it was hard to put down.  I would recommend this read to anyone.  Just make sure you have a box of tissue handy as you will need it.  Can hardly wait to read the next book Septembers Child 2 Bring on the Rain.  

Sherry Boulton - Wagner
Catrina Hernandez I have a 9 year old son who i would love to read this to it shows the reality of life and that others dont have it so easy. Yes you can quote me. Any troubled youth would really think after reading this book thank you for opening up your life for us to read.

Woodie from the U.K. wrote:
Its difficult to know where to start with this book(as it's non fiction and written from the heart), as after I was a few pages in I sat back and thought "there but for the grace of God" because my childhood was on the whole a very happy one.

This book is firstly incredibly sad (in that no one should be treated like that, especially a child) but also great that it shows people can ,even in extreme circumstances learn to move on and make life their own.
As I turned the pages I wondered what would be next.

It is one of those books that will make me look back on my own childhood with a better understanding and appreciate the good times in everyday life more. It's not necessarily the sort of book(because I tend to read fiction) I would instantly grab to read but I am very glad I did.


Jill wrote:

Hi Carol! I finally finished your book last night, it was a very good book and I just want to say that I am saddened by what you have gone through, but I am happy to know that you turned all that negative into a positive! I cannot wait to read the next book, please keep me posted when it is going to be published so I can buy a copy! Good job Carol!