Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Review-Balancing Act by Fern Michaels

Balancing Act by Fern Michaels

Fern Michaels has brought together two classic tales of following your heart in one novel, “Balancing Act”.  The first tale, “All She Can Be” is about Rita Bellamy, a successful author, who has gained fame as an author, but at the expense of her marriage and her family.  Her family refuses to accept that although she is their mother she is also her own person with the right to be acknowledged as such.  Her children love the money she is able to give them from her writing, but they feel it is not a serious vocation.    Since her divorce she has lost her self-confidence.  She goes to her lakeside cottage in hopes of finishing her latest novel and trying at the same time to rebuild her self- confidence.  It is here she meets a younger man living in the neighboring cabin, which raises a whole host of other issues.  Will he be the one to help her rebuild her confidence and come to terms with her children or is he just a passing fancy?  Will she finally realize that it doesn’t matter if other people don’t realize that being a mother, wife and writer are not who she is, but what she does?  Can she accept who she is rather than what she does?
In the next tale, “Free Spirit”, Dory, a successful magazine editor,  moves to Washington D.C. from New York City to be with Griff to start an exciting new chapter in her life that is filled with sacrifices and adjustments.  Will she find them to be too great a price to pay for love when she weighs it against what she hopes to gain?

In this story Dory finds that she is trying to recreate who she is in order to be what she thinks Griff wants her to be.  She chooses friends that she feels will please Griff, but bores her to near tears.  In recreating herself neither of them is happy with the changes. She basically gives up on life.  She finally realizes that she is not Suzy homemaker.   Will she be strong enough to do anything about it?  Will she realize before it’s too late that she has to make decisions that are not going to be easy, but must be made in order for either of them to survive?

Although this type book has not been my normal genre of late, I think this book has addressed a situation that many women face in today's society.  Women are often perceived to be who they are by what they do.  Society and especially children and spouses seem to forget that women have many roles to play throughout their day, but they also are human with wants and needs that don’t relate to the roles they play.   Ms. Michaels did a fabulous job of addressing this issue in her book.   It is well worth the read.  If you enjoy romance/sex and also are dealing with these issues, it is a book well worth reading. 

I think the book was a well written storyline.  At times I found some of the descriptions to be drawn out and added little to the storyline, such as buying furniture to decorate the cottage.  I found them to be a bit tedious and did some skim reading.  Also my e-book format was off but it could have been due to not yet being released.
Disclosure: I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher, Kensington Books/Zebra, through Net Galley  for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my reveiw. The opinions in this reveiw are my own

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