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Love in the Balance [Kindle Edition]

Marianne K. Martin
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Not only does [Love in the Balance] have love and excitement, but it has issues very close to all of us."—The Alabama Forum Gaiety

"Marianne Martin is a wonderful storyteller and a graceful writer with a light, witty touch with language and a sensitivity to the emotions of people in love."—Ann Bannon

Real life has a way of sneaking up on you.

Connie likes men. Sure, she's just dumped one, but she'll find another one soon enough. Instead she finds Kasey. Who happens to be a woman—a lesbian, actually. Connie reckons they'll be good friends, and she soon realizes she wants more.

But Kasey has already had her heart broken. Her ex-girlfriend turned out to like men. Kasey won't take a chance on that happening again. And her friends won't let her, either. Especially not Sharon.

If this is love, Connie has a lot of convincing to do and a lot of people to win over. Just when it seems like maybe she has, real life comes sneaking up again. Some people hate lesbians—hate them enough to kill. And it's not obvious that the authorities care. Connie and Kasey and Sharon must each put their doubts to the side and work together to get justice.

Marianne K. Martin is the author of eight novels and has been shortlisted three times for the Lambda Literary Award.

Editorial Reviews


It is the interplay of personalities that makes Martin's novels a cut above the usual lesbian love story. -- Lynne Watson, Mega Scene

Not only does it have love and excitement but it also has issues very close to all of us. -- Angi Wilson, The Alabama Forum GAIETY

[This story] makes us aware that life is still not easy or safe for all lesbians. -- The Wishing Well

From the Publisher

Marianne K. Martin lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and divides her time between writing and building her house.

Product Details

  • File Size: 335 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1932859748
  • Publisher: Bywater Books; Reissue edition (December 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4LVBK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It took my breath away! November 5, 1999
At first the story seems a bit predictable--Kasey and Connie are immediately attracted and will eventually get together and fall in love-right. Not so fast! First they go through some wrenching personal stuff with Connie's Mom. Next they face their own fears and some baggage from the past. Then when they finally do get together they have to deal with all different forms of prejudice on the way to everlasting love. Including tragedy that rocks their world and the fairly closeted gay community in which they live. The story is well written. The characters feel real. It is sometimes sad and at other times laugh out loud funny. I am going to read all of her books now. Don't miss this book.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ December 27, 1999
By A Customer
What a GREAT book! I keep saying that over & over. Ms. Martin's characters are so real, it could have been a story from my life. I have re-read the book twice and both times I have laughed and cried. There are only a few other books that have ever made me cry. The 2 main characters are both strong, independent women who have to make some major decisions about their lives. This book also centers around people that are very important to each of them. A MUST read. You will not want to put it down, so be prepared.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Love Story February 14, 2003
If only I could tell anyone that is purchasing Lesbian movies to not to waset their money and instead purchase some of the wonderful novels about women loving women. This was a great love story. It was good for someone like me that needs to feel like there are other women out there that might be in their 30's and questioning whether that have been following there heart and loving naturally.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended! February 21, 2003
Connie Bradford and Kasey Hollander feel like real people with real issues and real lives. Both women are dealing with frustrating problems--Connie with a selfish pig of a boyfriend, and Kasey with the memory of love betrayed. Neither one of them has any idea how important the other will become as they begin to lean on one another to face difficult times.
Marianne Martin has a wonderful way with characters, relationships, and with the smooth-moving plot. It's no wonder that she is one of the most popular lesbian romance novelists around. I highly recommend LOVE IN THE BALANCE as well as all of her other novels.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This novel fulfilled my admittedly high expectations after reading the author's other books (Legacy of Love and Under the Witness Tree). The main characters are fully developed and wonderfully human. I love how the author lets the reader see the motivations that lead the characters to take the path that they do. Toward the end of the novel a devastating event occurs to (not directly to the main characters) that impacts everyone including the reader. I totally loved both Connie and Kasey - two strong people that are happiest when together. I love how they interact as people with each other and those around them.

This was an utterly satisfying read that I have picked up and read more than once. I have recommended this novel to many friends.

Book Description
Accountant Connie Bradford feels her life is changing for the better. Riding high on the crest of a huge promotion, she has finally ended the unsatisfying relationship with her boyfriend. Everything is moving in logical trasition. Until she meets Kasey Hollander. . .Carpenter Kasey Hollander lives a life of work-centered exclusion. Owner of a successful renovation company she hires Connie to handle her books, and the two quickly hit it off. Since her ex-lover left her hurt and humiliated, Kasey has been determined to play it safe as far as relationships go -- and what could be safer than a platonic friendship with a straight woman?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!!! July 20, 1999
By A Customer
Marrianne Martin at her best. The characters were very well defined. They were folks that you would love to me in the flesh. I was very moved about the "Angel Singing" to Connie's mother.
Can't wait for the next book and many, many more.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All-Time Favorite January 19, 2003
By A Customer
Love in the Balance by Marianne Martin is my all-time favorite lesbian romance. I can't even count how many times I have read it or parts of it. The book was in shameful condition, dog-eared and stained with coffee, when I handed it to the author at a signing; but I wanted it signed. Ms Martin graciously smiled and told me it was the biggest compliment she had ever received. All I can say is that it is a compliment well deserved.
I am in so many ways like Connie Bradford, Ms. Martin could have been fictionalizing my story. I appreciate having the lesbian who has lived as a straight woman most of her life portrayed without the typical stereotyping. I am not confused or weak; I am not going to leave my relationship for a man. I am strong and confident, and committed to a woman partner. I thank Ms. Martin for letting the world know that lesbians like me exist.
As she does in each of her books, Ms Martin develops her characters with compassion and sensitivity. They are strong characters, trying to overcome their own shortcomings, sometimes with anger, sometimes with humor, but always with conviction. The plot is wonderfully atypical of lesbian romance, ripping events right from the newspaper headlines and demanding that the characters deal with them. Each time I read this book I come away with renewed courage and love (of course the love scenes have nothing to do with the latter).
I won't review the story itself since that has been done in other reviews, but I will add that I believe this is a story that will touch most reader's hearts. I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love in the Balance kept me absolutely glued to the ...
Love in the Balance kept me absolutely glued to the book. The story is so well-crafted. There is true, mesmerizing love in this book and heartbreaking tragedy due to prejudice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin book that I haven't enjoyed but especially this series
There isn't a M.K. Martin book that I haven't enjoyed but especially this series. Highly recommend.
Published 3 months ago by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Love in the Balance is so sweet
Just the right amount of sweet and a touch of anticipation. The leading ladies felt believable and the minor characters were wonderful.
Published 13 months ago by Traci Johnson
I enjoyed Love in the Balance very much -- until it went off track with strong political views or what seemed to me as preaching. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Violet
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
I love it very good story. I will give this story a 5 star.. it's worth the money it's a most read story....I will be reading this again in the future...thank u for a nice read ..
Published 14 months ago by Lorraine Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Discovering lovr
I enjoyed the many stories that were combined to form one great love story. I would recommend the book to my friends.
Published 16 months ago by Susan Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and surely close to reality in many cases........
Thought I had book was I incorrect...........Lovely, touching and suprising,.........I thank Marianne for this insightful novel............ Read more
Published 21 months ago by dunescape
5.0 out of 5 stars So good!
Loved it!! Great story with a lot of substance and less sex… this book really shows the love between two women and not just the physical attraction. Great read!
Published 21 months ago by Ry
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good coming out
It was refreshing to read a story about strength and courage.....with true love and friendship prevailing above all the horrible things society throws
Published 22 months ago by Robyn Groover
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best
I read this book when it was first published. It remains among the top 10 I've ever read. Ignore the negative comments in some of these reviews. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Tracy
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More About the Author

A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Ms Martin taught in the Michigan public school system for twenty-five years, has worked as a journalist and professional photographer, and coached both high school and collegiate teams as well as amature ASA teams. Her coaching career produced many Tri-County and MHSAA championship softball and basketball teams, and championship ASA softball teams. She was the founder of the Michigan Women's Major Fastpitch Association and its president for ten years. In 1973 she won the precedent-setting case in a Michigan court establishing equal pay for women coaches.

Ms. Martin is co-owner of Bywater Books and currently splits her time between writing and publishing.

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