Balancing Act

Balancing Act

Book - 2014
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Susie Moran, owner of the successful family business Susie Sullivan Pottery, has always managed to balance her business and family responsibilities, but she suddenly finds her life thrown into disarray by the return of her estranged father.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2014.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9781443413053
1443413054
Characteristics: 310 p.

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readerpat
Apr 02, 2017

I liked this book. A good story about a woman, Susie and her 3 daughters who own and run a famous pottery. Susie's father arrives on the scene and turns their lives up side down. He and his wife abandoned Susie shortly after her birth and she was raised by her grandparents. The only thing I don't like about Joanna Trollope's books is the crude language she always seems to put in all her books!

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fpsutka
Nov 25, 2014

Hi -
I usually enjoy Joanna Trollope's
novels but I found this one quite boring - it is the dullest novel of the many that I have read by her. Maybe she is under pressure to produce X number of novels a year,etc?
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Mothercat
Nov 06, 2014

Vintage Joanna Trollope: engaging story of the working and personal relationships between a mother and three daughters.

I found this novel a bit more shallow than previous work. The relationships amongst the women were one dimensional and I really would not like to be a friend to any of these women. The setting in the ceramics industry, the sourcing issues for UK materials, etc. was interesting but the author could have thought through what she wanted to say about the stressors and pressures on the lives of business women and their husbands and families. Do they all have to marry 'house husbands' if they want to succeed? Trollope missed the opportunity to reflect more complex, insightful characterizations of successful modern women in the business world.

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ownedbydoxies
Sep 30, 2014

Learned a lot about the ceramics/pottery industry from this book. Trollope always teaches me something about an industry or a hobby or art or something, in addition to opening my eyes to family and personal connections and their inevitable complications! Every single time. :)

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jazpur
Apr 19, 2014

Joanna Trollope's latest novel deals with modern families in a highly successful family firm and all this entails with women in business; working mothers, house husbands and very demanding small children. Throw in a husband in the firm, an internet boyfriend and an unknown elderly parent returning to the scene and you have the 'what if ' over 4 generations. Change is inevitable.The search for balance, self and fulfillment amid difficult relationships affects them all. She does it so well.Susan's plug for British Made meaning exactly that for her product struck a chord. I really enjoyed this book and am sorry that Trollope was pursuaded to participate in the Austen project. So not her.

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andreareads
Oct 07, 2015

I’m not very good at forgiving people. I mean, it wouldn’t matter to me how beautiful someone was, if their behaviour was shite. And his has been shite personified. Being anywhere near him made me feel kind of . . . _contaminated_.

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andreareads
Oct 07, 2015

She had to be coaxed into having friends for tea or birthday parties, or going on school trips, as if the very notion of disliking communal activities was just too peculiar to be permitted. It wasn’t, she tried to explain throughout her growing-up years, that she didn’t _like_ other people; it was just that she really needed lots of time on her own.

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andreareads
Oct 07, 2015

She was _not_ wearing that dress. She was wearing her favourite princess dress from her dressing-up box, the one made of scratchy panels of iridescent gauze, with artificial jewels glued gaudily to the bodice. She did not shout, she screamed. Then she cast herself down on her bedroom floor, like someone helpfully demonstrating a textbook tantrum, and, while still yelling, kicked her feet so hard against her chest of drawers that her shoes fell off.

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