I used to adore Joanna Trollope's books and then I fell out of love with them a bit. Recently a friend bought me Balancing Act.
I decided to read it with an open mind and I'm so glad I did. I literally raced through it in a matter of days and if I'd had the time, could probably have read it in one sitting.
Susie Moran is a woman who owns her own pottery company making all kinds of tableware. She has three grown up daughters who all work in the family business with her, along with one of her sons in law.
Susie has always been very driven and likes to be in control but it seems that her daughters have very different ideas about how the company should be run.
In Balancing Act Joanna Trollope achieves what she does best, exploring the family dynamic and how each member of that family are affected when circumstances change. Her characterisation is brilliant and I found myself liking them all and sympathising with each one's point of view.
It didn't have a fast paced plot because it didn't need it. The characters were what drove the story and Joanna Trollope is definitely the master of characterisation.
Definitely a good read.