"Superb relationship drama"
With her record, Cleo Alyssum knows she needs to remain
perfectly clean if she is to regain custody of her seven-
year-old son Matty. Thus, she finds contentment and
isolation from her past on a secluded South Carolina island
until renowned cartoonist Jared McCloud of Scapegrace fame
arrives asking to rent the dilapidated guesthouse. Cleo
refuses until a teenage neighbor playing a prank causes an
accident involving Jared. To keep thirteen-year-old Gene
out of trouble with the law, Cleo rents the property to
Jared is very attracted to Cleo, but she rejects his
advances, as she does not need a new man in her house
except for her Matty. However, she admits that Jared is
nice and seems to care about others when he begins to help
Gene and the lad's sister with their personal problems.
Still his efforts to reach Cleo constantly fail leaving it
up to a natural disaster like the hurricane that descends
on the island to show her that Jared is nothing like her
deceased husband was.
ALMOST PERFECT is a superb relationship drama that
stars two strong lead characters and a deeply wounded but a
bit over-characterized support cast. The story line
predominantly spins around Jared and Cleo, but also
provides a deep look at other relationships especially when
a caring adult gets involved with teens. Patricia Rice has
written an angst laden relationship drama that hard core
fans will fully relish.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 7, 2002