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In his Denied! Failing Cordelia trilogy, Simon Cambridge chronicles an intensely personal family drama while at the same time examining both the flawed thinking behind the interventionist decisions taken by the CPS in two states and the denials faced as he climbs the broken judicial ladder in California.

In The Cankered Rose, Cambridge outlines how he first came to adopt Cordelia in Seattle and the parenting challenges that he then faced with how best to address his daughter’s reactive attachment disorder and his wife’s growing indifference and then open hostility toward the adoption journey. The author’s provides a necessary background to his own struggles with Asperger syndrome before concluding with the nightmare events of July 8 and July 9, 2009.

Book One: The Cankered Rose and Esther’s Revenge

  • Published: August 2014
  • Pages: 470
  • Size: 6×9
  • ISBN 13 (SOFT): 9781499046939
  • ISBN 13 (HARD): 9781499046922
  • ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781499046915




Follow Cambridge’s legal journey in Los Angeles as he fights with the DCFS and the Los Angeles Juvenile Dependency Court regarding his eventual hope to reunify with Cordelia after she is removed from his wife’s care. As he seeks to resume his disrupted journey to help their forever daughter heal from her traumatic childhood and adolescence, Cambridge meets with legal resistance and denial and has to cope with the indifference of his own attorneys.

Book Two: Pride and Legal Prejudice

  • Published: December 2016
  • Pages: 698
  • Size: 6×9
  • ISBN 13 (SOFT): 9781514488928
  • ISBN 13 (HARD): 9781514488911
  • ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781514488935




Experience has been a cruel and enlightening tutor to author Simon Cambridge and his daughter. This final book of the trilogy concludes the Cambridge family’s dramatic diversion from their hopeful adoption journey through a legal swamp. Cambridge offers instructive advice as he tries to find meaning from the drama and the steps that both needed to take to find the courage to heal from their shared trauma.

Book Three: Climbing the Broken Judicial Ladder

  • Published: September 2019
  • Pages: 1058
  • Size: 6×9
  • ISBN 13 (SOFT): 9781796037050
  • ISBN 13 (HARD): 9781796037067
  • ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781796037043