Balancing ActBook - 2014
Susie Moran has set her children a high standard. As a young woman, she founded Susie Sullivan, a company famous for producing charming pottery that makes every house feel like home. Her three daughters have followed her into the company-business-minded Cara, overworked but ambitious mother of two Ashley and designer Grace. But all of these female entrepreneurs face the challenge of balancing their commitment to the business with their need for, and commitment to, their personal lives-never mind the feelings of the men with whom they live or are involved. The arrival of an unexpected family member from the past is the catalyst that impels them all to face up to where their real loyalties lie and, more importantly, what matters most to each one of them.
Balancing Act is classic Trollope, sure to captivate her fans and win her many more the world over.
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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_.
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.
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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