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Only One Mommy: A Woman's Battle for Her Life, Her Daughter, and Her Freedom: The Lisa Miller Story Paperback – June 21, 2011
Top Customer Reviews
This book starts with the history of Lisa Miller, and her fight to keep custody of her own biological daughter. I give the book a slightly lower rating because the information is somewhat scanty, and for another reason I'll explain. Lisa was involved in a lesbian relationship. Her growing up years, with all the trauma and dysfunction she was subjected to, and how she reacted with one addiction after another, is told well. There is adequate information of the time in which Lisa was a lesbian, and of her legal struggle to keep her daughter. What is not stated in the book (which many reviewers have opined) is that Lisa ever left her daughter in the care of Janet, and abandoned her. Lisa left before her daughter was two years old, taking her daughter with her. The book also says that Lisa's whereabouts are unknown at present, yet some reviewers read into this that she is in some country in South America. While this may be true, since it's not included in the book, the reviewers owe it to the reader to say so. Since they had "married" under Vermont law, Janet asserted that Lisa's daughter was also her daughter. Lisa and her daughter moved to Virginia, where same-gender "marriage" is not recognized, and neither is the right to parent simply because you have a partnership with the biological mother.Read more ›
"Isabella appears to have been traumatized by the limited visitation thus far, a serious consequence, taking Isabella in a negative direction as compared to Isabella's condition before the recent visitations where she was a child that was well-adjusted, flourishing, above-the-curve developmentally, verbally gifted, and readily able to separate from Lisa and meet with other people," wrote Haydash in her sworn testimony of June, 2007.
Gwen Corley, a social worker who also observed Isabella, noted similar trauma. "Isabella suffers from sleep disturbance and nightmares, having difficulty sleeping through the night," she told the court in September of the same year.
She added that "Isabella also talks about death, and has expressed fear that if her mother Lisa dies she will be at risk. Without prompting, Isabella has said she is afraid that Janet Jenkins may take her away from Lisa."
A friend of Lisa Miller, who said she had cared for Isabella while her mother was out of the house, was also disturbed by behavioral changes she saw in the child.
"[Isabella] has told me she does not like to talk about her visits with Janet because it makes her cry," she wrote to the court.
Expert opinions ignored by court
The expert testimony submitted to the Vermont court in 2007 is in agreement with statements made by Miller herself to the press regarding the traumatic impact of the visits on her daughter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. Not so much the story of Lisa, but how our judicial system is failing.Published 10 months ago by ForestDelight
Only one mommy indeed. This once great land has truly fallen when the promotion of an unnatural phenomenon takes preference over a child's natural right to be with his or her... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
The author writes from the premise that sexual orientation is a choice and something that can be changed. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Criselda Marquez
Jerry Falwell's fundamentalist, BS "school" that was founded in the mid-70s... That's ALL you need to know. Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Brandon K. Brose
Lisa's struggle is covered in great detail here, and although some here may disagree about the right and wrong of these details, let's not forget the what caused the mess in the... Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by billprevails
Putting children in the middle of a custody battle and kidnapping, too?? It is sad that there are people out there who would buy this bigotry.Published on March 24, 2012 by BChap
I thought that it was a truly balanced and insightful approach to the story. May everyone who want to know this story read this book.Published on January 23, 2012 by Watchman
When I read about the cruel and disturbing behavior of this woman, I gave thanks to God that I am not a Christian.Published on November 7, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This book gives a very necessary understanding of both the legal background and the social aspects of the Lisa Miller case. Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by bigmommax8