Sunday, 8 November 2015
I Gave Him My Best Shot
It tells the story of how a family begins to become pulled apart because their son has Asperger's Syndrome.
Anna and Max have a younger son called Barney who is diagnosed with the Autistic Spectrum Disorder condition called Asperger's Syndrome.
Barney takes everything that is said to him quite literally.
Amidst the problems caused by his condition Anna and Max are also working hard to build up their business and to survive in the troubled and troubling worlds of the fashion industry.
Anna finds herself battling to cope with the competing demands of her family life and that of her business life.
Max, however, can't quite get his head around the needs and demands of Barney's condition. This puts further strain on their marriage.
Matters are further complicated by the machinations of Dinah Deedes, the Personal Assistant to Max who seems to be working against their marriage for her own devious ends.
The action flits between various exotic locales In India, the USA and their ordinary life in the UK.
But in truth the problems arising from Barney's condition are only a minor part of the problems that beset their family.
For there are concerns over betrayals in both the personal and business realms that put strains on their marriage and on old, long-established friendships. After all, it is a saying that one should not mix business and pleasure.
The author June Felton has a long professional history of working with autistic children so her portrayal of Barney's condition and the strain that this places on the family is extremely realistic.
It is a beautifully written and well-plotted romantic novel and costs a reasonable £17.99 for the hardback version, which is published by The Bookguild.
It is available via the That's Books and Entertainment bookshop, to the right hand side of the site.
It is available for pre-order and will be published on 26 November.