My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wonderful, beautiful, heart-warming story. I was teary more than once.
Ella, the wife and mother who’d been managing everything and holding it all together for her son and husband has a heart attack. And . . . “Rightly or wrongly, she believed her life was in danger. Which left Felix [the husband/father] facing the real ghoul under the bed—his true self.” I enjoyed witnessing Felix’s journey of self-discovery and his evolving relationship with his son, Harry.
I LOVED the voices of the young people in this novel. They were so aware — children who’d been raised on therapy and by parents who read plenty of parenting and advice books. They were also fun and fresh and sweet. “Sammie looked at Harry and they both giggled. And in that shared moment, nothing mattered beyond the school rule about personal displays of affection. And his almost first kiss. When could he try again?”
Highly recommended, especially for mothers of children whose needs are particularly intense, and those who love and want to understand them — though, to be clear, this book is not preachy in any way. It’s simply a great story in which the characters have diagnosed and/or undiagnosed Tourettes, ADHD, and OCPD.