Balancing Act
Kimberly Stuart
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Balancing Act
Kimberly Stuart
245 pages
August 2006
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars
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Anyone who has gone through the birth of a child understands just how quickly the simple things in life become more complex. Holding down a job, maintaining a marriage, finding time for friends and family, never mind finding time for yourself. What it all requires is one big Balancing Act!

Heidi Elliot, a high school Spanish teacher, finds her six-month maternity leave coming to an abrupt end when her replacement takes sudden leave. While instant guilt takes over at the thought of having to leave her daughter in daycare, Heidi is also excited to get back in the classroom – the career she has spent much of her life preparing for. What she hasn’t prepared for, however, are the complications involved in balancing this new “dual career.” A woman who once luxuriated in gourmet meals and fine wine, she is soon struggling to get frozen dinners on the table and make it through the evening, much less enjoying some fine wine. Her husband soon coerces her into joining a weekly Moms’ group made up of ladies from her local church. To Heidi, this is just another stressful event, and she is not up to the challenge.

The ultimate test comes when Heidi gets a call from her daughter’s daycare – she is running a fever. In a blind haste to get to her daughter, she barges in to the principal’s office to alert him of her emergency. His response is terse, and she is ordered back to her classroom until a replacement can be found.

As if all of this isn’t enough, her old boyfriend has moved into town, adding a new level of tension to her relationship - a relationship she is already struggling with as she pictures her husband working daily with his new gorgeous, rich client.

As her world comes crashing down all around her, Heidi soon finds strength and wisdom where she least expects it. As she assesses her life and works through life’s challenges, she must come to terms with the fact she can’t do it all. But is it too late?

Balancing Act is a breath of fresh air for all mothers. In relishing the stories of others, there is comfort in their struggles as they serve in teaching us that we need not, and more importantly cannot, be perfect. A lighthearted look at the joys and challenges of adjusting to parenthood.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Regan Windsor, 2006

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