Balancing Act by Joanna Trollope
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?