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Love in the Balance by [Martin, Marianne K.]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 504 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bywater Books; Reissue edition (December 14, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 14, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4LVBK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on December 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on February 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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I enjoyed Love in the Balance very much -- until it went off track with strong political views or what seemed to me as preaching. I am not faulting the author for her views, it just seems to me that a romance story should be devoid of politics, religion and bias. After all, that is what we must live through every day. Hence, my desire to lose myself in a "feel good" romance. This story was engaging because of the love expressed between Kasey and Connie. The problem with this story was that Connie was "straight" until she met Kasey. I have noticed that many of the new stories out there are using the same plot -- "A straight woman until she meets a lesbian". Unfortunately, I believe that these authors are giving credence to those radical nay Sayers that believe we (lesbians) have a choice about our sexuality. This story goes merrily along until their friends are killed by a bigot and then the story just scatters in all directions. Ms. Martin, made sure that Connie proved herself to Kasey's friends but what about Connie's family and friends? Yes, the author mentioned that Connie's boss was okay with her sexuality but what about the rest of her family. A chapter was allowed for when Connie's mom suffered a stroke -- did she get another one when she learned of her daughter's love interest? But I have to say that the biggest disappointment was that I had no idea that this story was actually written before "Love Legacy" and "Never Ending." I have to agree with reviewer Philologus in her/his review that this author is making a hodgepodge of these books. We the readers have to try and figure out which one came first! Needless to say, we purchase books that have nothing to do with the story we want to continue. I have had experiences where authors have changed titles and cover pages and don't tell us that we are purchasing a book previously written and that we may have already read. Come now, we readers deserve a little more respect.
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By A Customer on July 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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