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Off Balance

by Mary Sheepshanks

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The story was good for the most part but the epilogue ruined the whole book for me. I had to pretend it didn't happen. ( )
  alyssaross | Nov 8, 2016 |
Isobel and Giles live in a huge house in Scotland, which is partly converted to an arts/drama centre. Several other family members and friends live there, or arrive during the novel. Believable people with a particularly likeable and sympathetic boy on the autistic spectrum. Excellent! ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
La germana de la mestressa de la casa torna a Escòcia després de viure a Sudàfrica, on ha viscut el seu matrimoni i divorci. S'instal·la amb ells i, des de l'inici, la convivència es planteja difícil, sobretot perquè ella havia estat (i està) enamorada del seu cunyat i no suporta ni la seva encantadora germana ni els seus nebots, un d'ells amb una important discapacitat psicològica; tot això amanit en l'organització d'un festival musical a la seva mansió. La història és totalment previsible. El més bonic: la introducció del personatge del nen discapacitat. ( )
  Montserratmv | Mar 12, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312980426, Mass Market Paperback)

To all appearances, Isobel and Giles Grant have it all: happily married, with two adored children, and a glorious house in Scotland, they are about to fulfil a lifetime's dream by launching the Glendrochatt Arts Centre. The perfect life, it would seem. But beneath the surface, there are cracks which threaten to destabilize everything they've worked for. While their daughter Amy is bright and talented, her twin Edward is "different" -- nobody knows quite what Edward is. And Giles's talent for manipulation occasionally threatens to provoke even sunny Isobel.

When Isobel's elder sister, Lorna, returns from South Africa -- and an unhappy marriage -- to take up residence at Glendrochatt, the cracks widen. For Lorna was once Giles's lover, and she's determined to take him back. The scars of a difficult childhood run deep in Lorna, and watching Isobel live the life she had planned for herself is almost unbearable. The situation is further complicated by the arrival of Daniel, an undeniably talented but mysterious artist to whom both sisters are drawn. It seems as if the Grants might be thrown irrevocably off balance.

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