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.
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 syndrome, 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.
©2015 Barbara Claypole White (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
Let me start by saying the narration is fantastic. I forgot I was listening to one person in multiple roles.
The story idea is a good one, but the jumps in character development were bizarre, particularly the husband. The mother's character fizzled out at the beginning of the story in a disappointing way. When she re-enters the story, she's no longer a major character, and her relationship with her son, rather than being changed, is non-existent.
I love books that teach, as well as entertain. I learned a lot about what it's like to live with an illness. Also, learned a lot about family dynamics, love and acceptance. Thank you!
Tell us about yourself!I am a retired certified dental assistant/tech. I have more time for volunteering and listening to books.
I really enjoyed this timely and well written book Great characters .The narration only enhanced the story. I highly recommend it.
Intense, beautiful, enlightening
Harry...he's so positive and brave. He doesn't let his disability keep him from achieving his goals.
Impossible to pick one.
Oh yes, I laughed and cried. Harry and his friends are delightful, funny, and charming.
A beautiful story, so well done. An enlightening look at what it's like for a person suffering from Tourette's syndrome and for their family/friends.
The workings of the boy's mind vs what his body was doing at any given time opened my mind greatly. Fascinating.
The only reference I truly have into this realm is a long-ago little book called "Angel Unaware" by Dale Evans Rogers. Her little girl, Robin, was born with Down Syndrome at a time when these children were usually institutionalized. It offered much more insight into the mind of the adults working with Robin than into the mind of the child herself, as she was only an infant, but it was beautifully written in the first person by her mother. In that it offered new insights to those of us who do not have to deal with these things, the books are similar, but other than that, although sweetly written, Dale Evans Rogers' book has little in common with this much grittier story.
I did not have a favorite - they each contributed to the next and flowed into one compelling story.
All human beings should read this book to learn compassion on the one hand and to understand that even though an individual may have challenges most of us do not face, he or she is fully a person with thoughts, feelings, likes, and dislikes, and capable of making a very important contribution to our world and to those of us lucky enough to be touched by them.
Reading this book brought to light all the hidden emotions from years of doing one's best. We are all broken, but in that brokenness we must believe in a bigger plan.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This one is so much more (and better) than I had expected! I know young boys with "tics" and neuro disorders and this family story is not to be missed by anyone who wants a deeper understanding of how these circumstances affect children and parents.
Loved the way the characters grow in their relationships to each other, finding new talents, abilities and roles in the family.
The narration is spot on and listeners can't help but feel connected to the central story and characters of this novel.
The story was quite enjoyable (I have a sister with special needs so this tugged at my heart), but the narrator made a great story even greater. I forgot I was listening to one person the whole time. She did a marvelous job at bringing each character to life.
Unrealistic portrayal of a family; characters are black and white. Little plot development and what there was you could see coming from the earliest chapters.
"Warm and uplifting"
I loved this story about flawed characters who are forced by circumstances to learn to get along, and through doing so, learn about themselves. The characters are likeable and real. Well read.
a wonderful way to understand living with tourettes in the family. well written and narrated. hopefully more books to come from this author.
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