What a start to this book, diving straight in with drama unfolding. Which instantly hooked me and made me want to get to know timid Molly and normally calm faced husband Dan, who after a disastrous 9 seconds at work have to swap roles whilst the dust settles.
However Molly hasn’t wanted to be on the other end of the camera since a slight blip when she was new to reporting and Dan has lots of secrets that Molly isn’t aware of and isn’t coping anywhere near as well as his family think in the lead up to his disastrous 9 seconds.
This story really throws the spotlight on mental health for both Molly & Dan and the coping mechanisms that Molly has adapted to help her cope with the constant juggling required to be a working Mum.
I really enjoyed this book with the wonderful community spirit being a massive focal point throughout the story.
Married couple Molly and Dan are forced to swap lives. But will it bring them closer together or drive them even further apart?
It was only a blip. Just a little mistake. But in the world of television, Dan Whitehead’s little slip could cost him his career.
His only chance is to swap roles with his wife, Molly, who also works part-time, behind the scenes at the show. It’s just for a couple of months. Easy. What’s so hard about looking after their twins and taking a step away from the limelight for a bit? Only, it’s not quite as simple as Dan may think. With more time, his past begins to haunt him. Then, when a friendly school-mum offers him the comfort he needs, is she everything she seems?
Meanwhile, Molly is more than happy in her sweatshirt and leggings. Why would she want to go back on-screen when she doesn’t even like leaving the house? But she needs to save her husband’s job. After all, it is her fault. Then, when she’s offered an exclusive interview on the other side of the world, her life in Cherry Blossom Park is under threat. Why is she the only person to ever be offered this interview? Dan must never know the truth.
The Juggle is more than just a story about parents keeping everything in the air. It’s about secrets from the past and hopes for the future.
It asks the question – is a marriage every big enough for two dreams to come true?
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Meet the Author
Ellie Barker is a television reporter and presenter. The Juggle is her second book. You can find out more about Ellie at https://www.elliebarkerwrites.com/
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