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A Starlit Fairy Tale
on January 28, 2001
Sasha has not been able to communicate verbally with anyone since she was five. She became a quasi-elective mute when her father died in an airplane accident. By eight, she is a veteran of special schools and misguided experts. One of these "experts" is bound and determined to have her institutionalized so he can use her as a chemical guinea pig. Her mother fights like a soldier for her and refuses to institutionalize her and protects her from gawking strangers, intrusive strangers who misinterpret her muteness as evidence of abuse. One intrusive little boy and his ill mannered mother make trouble for Rainey and Sasha when Sasha ignores the boy's entreaty to play on the see saw with him. The boy's mother meddles, makes inappropriate comments and later reports Rainey to Child Protective Services.
As another reviewer noted, the villians stand out in stark contrast to the other characters. In the old west, they'd have a show down in Dodge City and wear hats that identify their good or bad guy status.
Hope comes in the form of a neighbor named Emma. A lady from Scotland, she recognizes Sasha's intermittent speech as Gaelic. She points Rainey, Sasha's mother in the direction of a Gaelic professor with the idea of reaching Sascha.
Rainey heeds her gentle advice and the rest of the book is filled with misty, starry skies, Gaelic flavored history and the identity Sascha has claimed as hers. A cliche romance ensues, and Sasha is on the road to recovery. She travels a long and bumpy road from California to Scotland, where she reconnects with the soul of a dead Scottish princess.
Replete with Celtic legends, language and flavor, this book is much more interesting than most romance novels. Sasha, her mother Rainey, Matthew the professor and Emma the good hearted neighbor are the good guys. You cheer when they win.