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ISBN:
0099173328
Author:
Mary Sheepshanks
Category:
Contemporary
Language:
English
Publisher:
Arrow (UK); New Ed edition (2000)
Pages:
398 pages
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With this novel, Mary Sheepshanks has stretched her talents to a different level.

With this novel, Mary Sheepshanks has stretched her talents to a different level. although all of her books thus far have been enjoyable, insightful, funny and delightful.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The marriage of Giles and Isobel Grant is threatened when the wife's older sister Lorna returns home from South Africa and begins to make a play for the husband.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. With this novel, Mary Sheepshanks has stretched her talents to a different level

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. To all appearances, Isobel and Giles Grant have it all: happily married, with two adored children. With this novel, Mary Sheepshanks has stretched her talents to a different level. Off Balance" is all those things as well-but it also explores a subject of serious intensity: can a family whose catalyst is a handicapped, possibly autistic child survive an intrustion that upsets its very center?

Mary Sheepshanks is now publishing under her maiden name, Mary Nickson. Her works published as Nickson include Secrets and Shadows, a sequel to Off Balance. Books by Mary Sheepshanks.

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From the author of A Price for Everything and Picking Up the Pieces comes a moving and uplifting story of a perfect marriage on the rocks. To all appearances, Isobel and Giles Grant have it all until Isobel's older sister, Lorna, returns from South Africa.

lt;< Previous bookNext book . Off Balance. 2000) A novel by Mary Sheepshanks. 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. 1742 : USA Mass Market Paperback.

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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. About the Author: MARY SHEEPSHANKS was born and raised at Eaton, where her father was a housemaster.

  • Ghordana
With this novel, Mary Sheepshanks has stretched her talents to a different level. No longer is she merely a chronicler of a certain genre of British country life...although all of her books thus far have been enjoyable, insightful, funny and delightful.
"Off Balance" is all those things as well--but it also explores a subject of serious intensity: can a family whose catalyst is a handicapped, possibly autistic child survive an intrustion that upsets its very center?
Giles and Isobel Grant, a loving and devoted couple, belong to Scotland's upper-crust country community that Sheepshanks describes so well. They have two preadolescent twin children: Amy, precocious, musical (she and her father are both enrolled in a rigorous Suzuki violin class), outgoing and loveable--and Edward, an enigmatic, sickly little boy who marches to his own drummer, and whose heartbreaking handicap is described in an unblinking and yet totally sympathetic manner by the author.
Despite Edward's illness, which necesarily dictates the family's daily routine, life at the country estate is a happy one, full of the eccentric and sometimes outrageously funny characters that populate all of Sheepshanks' novels. Case in point: Lord Dunbarnock, who has not cut his hair or beard in several decades, and who, clad always in proper tartan gear, carries antibacterial handwipes in his sporran (the Lord has a dreadful fear of germs, due to an overzealous nanny in his youth). Then there are Mick and Joss, two New Zealand giants who act as handymen/babysitters/cooks for the Grants...and whose relationship with each other is, well...loving. And, Flavia the flautist, heroine of Sheepshanks' "Facing the Music," returns, much more likeable in this book, as she has settled into motherhood, marriage, and the resumption of her brilliant musical career.
Enter Lorna, Isobel's beautiful, bitchy and self-centered older sister, who has divorced her South African husband and who begs shelter with the Grants until she can get her life together. The fact that this rehabilitation includes a plan to steal away Isobel's husband, with whom Lorna had a brief affair before Isobel was in the picture, is lost on nobody except Giles.
Lorna's entrance on the scene upsets the balance in the Grant household almost immediately, starting with her cruel treatment of Edward, whom she insists on regarding as a spoiled brat; and her aggressive foray into Isobel's daily life. Isobel, whose happy-go-lucky personality has always been her strong suit, is trying to hold on to her own balance, already knocked severely askew by Edward's unending physical and emotional problems. Amy and Edward, with the clear insight that children so often have, loathe their aunt, and she is regarded with strong distrust by Mick and Joss as well.
As if this were not enough, a sexy young male artist, Daniel, arrives at the estate to paint the backdrops for the property's theater, a pet Grant project. Although Daniel's arrival has been planned and anticipated with pleasure, his visit further complicates the precarious relationship between the sisters, both of whom are aware of his charms, and adds new stress to the now shaky Grant marriage.
Will the Grants survive the onslaught? Is their marriage really built on a solid foundation that can withstand all crises? Will sweet Isobel ever be the same? Will Giles open his eyes and see what is happening before it is too late? Will the children be harmed by the sudden tension in their daily lives? Like real life, there are no simple answers, and Sheepshanks does not offer a pat ending. Instead, she has shown us a slice of real life: poignant, tense, tragic, funny, loving, and ridiculous. I highly recommend this book; it will leave you thoughtful but smiling.
  • Puchock
In Scotland, anyone who lives near the Glendrochatt estate believes that Giles and Isobel Grant are the perfect couple, lovingly raising two children together. However, the idyllic relationship between Giles and Isobel becomes disrupted when her sister Lorna returns from South Africa to spend time with them. Lorna was once Giles' lover and has jealously decided she wants everything her sibling has, starting with her spouse. Lorna is willing to pay any price to obtain everything she desires even if that means destroying her sister, niece, and nephew in the process.
Giles and Isobel's preadolescent twin children, Amy and Edward, can sense the tension between their parents and the cause, their visiting relative. They especially resent the intrusion of their aunt on their once happy home. Also adding to the confusing of adult interplay is the machinations of artist Daniel Hoffman who wants Isobel as his. <
OFF BALANCE is an entertaining complex relationship drama that works because of the hexagonal interplay among the six key players. At times, the two children with their actions and reactions to the adult muddles steal the show. Although Lorna appears as a cartoonish villain, readers will feel pity and compassion for her efforts that, in turn, allows the audience an opportunity to glimpse into the lives of some wealthy Scots.

Harriet Klausner
  • SlingFire
An excellent read, hard to put down. Mary Sheepshanks is at her best with this one.
  • Orevise
Typical story man loves woman in comes in another woman to steal the man but with so many other dynamics that make the book truely enjoyable.
  • Rexfire
I did not like this book because the words are very hard to understand and the plot was not at all making sense to me. It was confusing and the names had too much thinking involved for reading a book. Also to find out the true meaning of the plot you must read the pages over and over, and at that rate I could be done with 2 other books.
This book seems to be interesting but actually understand this book you have to have patience I found out that the meaning of "Do Not Judge a book by it's cover" really meant.
I do like one part in the book though. The part that I enjoyed was when one of the aunts came home and explained how she was sorry for being late. I liked this part because it was very simple and understandable. The rest of the story was just a blur.