The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White (EPUB)
From a distance, Felix Fitzwilliam, the son of an old English family, is a good husband and father. But, obsessed with order and routine, he’s a prisoner to perfection. Disengaged from the emotional life of his North Carolina family, Felix has let his wife, Ella, deal with their special-needs son by herself.
The Perfect Son
A talented jewelry designer turned full-time mother, Ella is the family rock…until her heart attack shatters their carefully structured existence. Now Harry, a gifted teen grappling with the chaos of Tourette’s, confronts a world outside his parents’ control, one that tests his desire for independence.
As Harry searches for his future, and Ella adapts to the limits of her failing health, Felix struggles with his past and present roles. To prevent the family from being ripped apart, they must each bend with the inevitability of change and reinforce the ties that bind.
I hated Felix throughout much of the book, but by the end he was my hero. Harry was amazing, a sweet loving boy, that despite his Tourette’s syndrome, embraced life and tried to live as normal as possible. Ella, dear sweet Ella, desperately loved the 2 men in her life but it took her failing health to bring them together. Some wonderful secondary characters, especially Max, Harry’s best friend. Everyone should have a Max in their life! The ending made me sad but at the same time left me smiling.
Some stories push you to accept characters in spite of their issues. The Perfect Son made me long to meet Felix, Harry, Max, Katherine, and Eudora—and, of course, Ella—because of their issues and their triumph of spirit. Managing that, my friends, takes a gifted author.
The Perfect Son is a beautiful family story, with neighbors who can kick ass. And for a surprise treat, A wonderful belly laugh with a scene about squirrels.