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?
©2014 Joanna Trollope (P)2014 Isis
A different narrator
She read as if reading a children's book to small child or slightly confused elderly person. Her reading is stunted and her tones rises at the end of each sentence.
I found it difficult to concentrate on the story because of how annoying the narration was. Almost patronising.
I usually love Joanna Trollope's family sagas but after listening to this one I'm not sure that I'll bother in future. This was held together by Julia Franklin's narration which is always listenable. However, the storyline was pretty flimsy and I found the characters selfish and unsympathetic.
"Narration spoiled this story"
I liked the Characters
She did well with the voice of the female characters but her depiction of the male characters was irritating.
"Balancing Act Joanna Trollope"
Not one of her better books. Joanna Trollope has an extraordinary ability to explore complex characters and relationships. She does attempt to do so in this book but something is missing and it feels contrived. Also there was not enough background to the potteries which presented as someone who researched it for a story rather than knowing it. On the whole it was very disappointing.
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