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 daughteTo 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.
Off Balance 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 Glendro
I loved the premise of this book It takes place in Ireland, with an interesting background The story revolves around a wife mother, who has twins one of which is typical and the other with a form of autism This part of the story intrigued me The main character s jealous, competitive sister shows up to live with the family and all hell breaks loose I had a hard time believing that the main character would allow her sister to continue living in the house, with the havoc she evokes Suspending belie [...]
Mary Sheepshanks is a fine writer I enjoy her writing style, her use of beautiful vocabulary, and her wit This is not my favorite of her works, but it is a good story, well told As usual, her descriptions of rural Scotland are wonderful and her characters are well drawn This is a family drama with a nice balance of scheming and tension and the pleasures of ordinary daily life that make up the heart of the Aga genre of women s literature As I read this book, I wanted to be among those gathered ar [...]
Scottish writer who writes a truly engaging story I couldn t put it down Story of betrayal within the family especially between the two sisters, Lorna and Isobel Also, poignant characteristics of the disabled Edward, son Author seems to really like her characters as she imbues them with energy and fullness.
This was a funny light hearted book about a family living in Scottland, starting an Art Center Theatre You learn all about the ups and downs of keeping the business going, unfortunately you also learn all about the ups and down between family members.
Sheepshanks writes good novels with complex plots about women in midlife Rhe 4 novels of hers of that I ve read thus far have in common a focus on family life, and in particular what makes a good marriage There s lots of twists and other stuff going on though.
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
I enjoyed this book for what it is a quick light read I would have given it four stars if it hadn t been so reminiscent of her other work.
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.
Viscious and nasty sibling Would have thrown her out within a week
Enjoyed Great vacation read.
I have really enjoyed this author s books but the evil sister prevented me from fully appreciating this one and I can t believe she hasn t written a sequel after leaving us hanging