Off Balance

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Macmillan, 2001 - Fiction - 340 pages
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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 Center.The perfect life, it would seem.But beneath the surface there are cracks that 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.AUTHORBIO: MARY SHEEPSHANKS was born and brought up at Eton where her father was a housemaster.She then married the headmaster of Sunningdale School, and together, they ran the school until 1967 when she and her husband took over the family estate in Yorkshire.She has three children and a host of grandchildren - one of whom refers to her as his "wild writing Granny".She is the author of three other novels: A Price for Everything, Facing the Music, and Picking Up the Pieces.

 

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Those who've come to expect laugh-out-loud humor from British author Sheepshanks (Picking Up the Pieces) may be disappointed by its absence in her fourth novel. Nevertheless, this provides some of the ... Read full review

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Contents

One
1
Two
8
Three
16
Four
26
Five
33
Six
48
Seven
61
Eight
69
Nineteen
184
Twenty
199
Twentyone
209
Twentytwo
216
Twentythree
228
Twentyfour
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Twentyfive
245
Twentysix
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Nine
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Ten
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Eleven
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Twelve
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Thirteen
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Fourteen
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Fifteen
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Sixteen
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Seventeen
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Eighteen
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Twentyseven
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Twentyeight
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Twentynine
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Thirty
286
Thirtyone
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Thirtytwo
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Thirtythree
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Thirtyfour
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EPILOGUE
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Born and brought up at Eton where her father was a housemaster, Mary Sheepshanks began writing as a child and published her first poem when she was seventeen years of age. Not unlike her heroine, she and her husband took over the family estate in Yorkshire. This is her first novel.

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