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5 Stars Out Of 5
February 17, 2014
I was reading pretty heavy literature when decided I needed a break and read something lighter. This book is hilarious, well written and easy reading. I loved it so much I finished it in barely few days. Totally recommend it!
I'd never read a book of this genre, and honestly, I couldn't put it down. I laughed hard and smiled a lot! I loved Heidi and couldn't wait till my kids were in bed to read about what Heidi was up to next! We read it in a book club and all the women in the group, no matter what stage of life, could relate to the characters and struggles in this book! Very fun, highly enjoyable read!
Stuart has aptly named this book. She employs a perfect balance of humor and tender moments in this rollicking good read. I carried it everywhere with me for two days. Whether standing in line at the grocery store or picking up the dry-cleaning, I was reading and either laughing or sighing, but never was I bored. Balancing Act is delightful and fresh. The spiritual thread is honest and definitely not preachy. It's a book a non-Christian could enjoy without rolling their eyes. Heidi's sarcastic wit lightens the moments that could easily have become schmaltzy or lumbering. Like a virtuoso, Stuart delivered the denouement with a fresh approach that rang with honestya huge debut novel, in this reviewer's opinion. Balancing Act receives this reviewer's highest recommendation.
Following steak and stitches at that gourmet spot the birth suite of St. Johns Hospital to celebrate her giving birth to a girl, Springdale High School Spanish school teacher Heidi Elliott returns home to raise her infant with her spouse of five years Jake, owner of Elliot Paints. Six months later Heidi is near a breakdown from the demands of motherhood, teaching, neighborhood, and a few other hoods. Nothing seems the way it was before the birth of baby Nora.Nora is 24/7 smelly no matter how hard Heidi tries to keep her clean for a nanosecond. Meals are late and half cooked while Heidi drops her subscription to National Geographic as she compares her pathetic helplessness to mothers in the Amazon. At work, substitute teacher Ms. Stillwell feels like a failure, Jake seems to spend more time with his new client Jana van Fleet, and Heidis former live in lover Ben Cooper has moved into the neighborhood while the new parents have no sex life and less and less of a relationship between them. A desperate Heidi joins the Moms Group where she meets strong females ready to devour outsiders (males and females with no offspring)This is an interesting look at how much having a baby nukes the lifestyles of the parents. The delightful character study centers on mostly Heidis woes as she finds her world off kilter since giving birth. Teaching is not the same as her students wonder if her humor was removed along with the placenta. Jake is not the same as he prefers time at work over time with his two special girls. Finally Ben is not the same man she remembers though he remains more than just a distraction. Readers especially working mothers will appreciate this well written deep look at a womans BALANCING ACT failures.Harriet Klausner