Book Club – Joanna Trollope’s Balancing Act reviewed by you

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One of the books we had on our reading list this summer was renowned British author Joanna Trollope’s latest release Balancing Act.



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?

Here’s what you had to say:

“This was my first Joanna Trollope novel.  I felt it was written in such a way that I could empathise with each character in some way through the various situations unfolding. I liked the way it showed how life, love, family, friends and work are a balancing act both individually for each character and as a whole and how sometimes a shift in perspective can be good.  I also liked the more unusual take on some of the male roles within the family being home support but still absolutely necessary to the family success. I will definitely be looking for previous Joanna Trollope novels to read.” – Alison


 “This book delved into the dynamics of family life, how working together in a family business affects all of the relationships in their lives. It was an enjoyable read with realistic and interesting characters but I personally didn’t find it to be a page-turner. I found it quite slow moving and without any significant events to make you not want to put it down. But overall a light, easy read.” – Lauren


“The book is a light yet evocative read, with the ability to want the reader to know what happens next, and what will be the next chapter for Susie and her daughters.” – Julia

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