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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite
An Invincible Summer By Betta Ferrendelli is a beautifully written story told with great emotion. Jaime Monroe finds herself in controversial waters when she hears that a local reporter, Leigh Roberts, plans to have her daughter, Ashleigh, forcibly sterilized to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Jaime is horrified that a parent could want such a thing for their child. She decides to quit her position in a DA’s office and represent Ashleigh. She wants nothing more than to save the child from unnecessary surgery. The question of Ashleigh being capable of such a rational decision is obviously in question; after all, she is considered retarded. But how retarded is she?
What is Ashleigh truly capable of accomplishing? Jaime wonders if anyone has cared enough to evaluate the beautiful child’s abilities. Where is her father? Does he even know what his ex-wife is planning? Leigh will find out how capable Ashleigh is due to a totally unexpected event, and one wonders will she reconsider her determination to force Ashleigh into agreeing to such invasive surgery?
The story is a wonderful mix of emotions, crucial decisions, courtroom scenes, romance and compassion. Betta Ferrendelli has captured the roller-coaster ride that Ashleigh’s vulnerable state and situation has created. Will her mother win the battle to prevent Ashleigh enduring unwanted pregnancies and what is the real reason behind her plan to do this? All these questions and more are answered in a caring and empathetic manner as the story reaches the conclusion. To discover what happens you really need to read this book. I loved the story after initially being horrified that a parent could consider such treatment for a child. However, as the story progresses, all is revealed. Great read.