Balancing Act by Joanna Trollope

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Balancing Act Read Online Free - Susie Moran is a success . She has founded and run her own highly profitable company, and now her three daughters are all involved in the business. Rooted in the traditions of the Stoke-on-Trent potteries, and producing charming, useable objects of distinctive design, Susie is justly proud of her family and her achievement – and has no intention of letting it change.

But what of the men in the family? Susie's husband, a musician and artist, has always seemed happy to take a back seat. One of her sons-in-law has few ambitions outside the home. Another daughter, though, has brought her husband into the company - and they want to change things, much to Susie's distress.

And then, into the mix arrives Susie's father, an ageing hippy who abandoned Susie as a baby. Now he's alone, and wants to build bridges , although Susie's daughters are outraged at the idea. Can the needs of a family business override the needs of the family itself? In wanting to preserve her business, will Susie lose something much more precious?

Title : Balancing Act
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ISBN : 085752108X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Trish rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 20, 2014

I usually enjoy Joanna Trollope's books with her insights into family life. This one less so. On the positive side, her depiction of the children Maisie and Fred was as vivid as usual for children in her books. They are living creatures who jump off the page. Also, several phrases that the charact...

Dale rated it ★★★☆☆

November 06, 2016

This is the first Joanna Trollope novel I have read in a long time. The story centres on Susie Moran, who founded and runs a successful pottery company. Her three daughters, Cara, Ashley and Grace, and one son in law, Daniel, are all involved in the highly profitable business. But change is immin...

Phrynne rated it ★★★☆☆

June 20, 2014

I am a big fan of Joanna Trollope and have all her books so I was looking forward to this one. It turned out to be a pleasant read with her usual variety of characters and a reasonably interesting story. However it certainly was not one of her best. I felt I must have missed the point somewhere a...

Lesley rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 29, 2015

I have been a fan of Joanna Trollope for a very long time , but feel very let down by this one. Her characters are usually so well drawn and memorable but no-one in this bunch of dreary whingers stayed with me at all. I simply couldn't work out why they were all so boring and negative. Even the to...

MargCal rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 04, 2014

Finished reading “Balancing Act” by Joanna Trollope. May 2014 Back to her usual fare after her “Sense and Sensibility” fiasco. Another easy read, but not quite as enjoyable as most of her others. The family dynamics were interesting and credible as things unravelled before re-grouping to produce t...

Steve rated it ★★★★☆

September 17, 2014

I once had a shirt. Back in the day I 'owned' this shirt – denim, with brass buttons – that I loved to wear. Its material had been softened by years of detergent washings and it fitted me to a tee. Of course, back then, I was leaner; tauter too. I figured in that shirt I looked as good as it was...

Hannah rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 22, 2017

There was something in this book that I actually found offensive. I was looking forward to reading it as I could see it was about a family that had three daughters and I am one of three daughters so I always enjoy stories that have this family set up. However, once I got into the book I found it...

Margaret rated it ★★★☆☆

January 30, 2015

Although it has the theme of the family business I am finding it a bit disjointed

Alex rated it ★★★☆☆

February 01, 2015

Hmm! I probably didn't do myself or Joanna Trollope any favours after reading this so soon after Daughters in Law, which I love. To be honest I don't think Balancing Act is one of her best. I struggled to engage with the characters and found Susie's relationship with her husband to be under-devel...

Sandra rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 15, 2014

It's sixteen years since I last read a Joanna Trollope novel. I've changed a lot since then. Learnt to write novels of my own. So it came as a bit of a shock to realise that these novels a) haven't changed one iota in all that time and b) that they lack veracity. I find it shocking that I might t...

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