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Balancing Act (Heidi Elliott #1)

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The tightrope walk is getting trickier by the minute. As maternity leave comes to an end for Heidi Elliott, so does virtually everything else she thought she knew. The substitute filling in for her high school Spanish classes has made a complete mess-not just with her students, but perhaps in a way more personal. Her husband is developing the disconcerting habit of going o ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 25th 2006 by NavPress
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Stephanne
Jan 17, 2017 Stephanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best part about Kimberly Stuart's writing is that every word she writes is completely relatable. I could identify with main character Heidi Elliott more times than not and that really brought the story home for me. I like authentic characters!! Especially funny ones. :-)

This is a great read for Moms--brand new ones and those well-seasoned--because the message of this story is fantastic. Life is a balancing act and even someone we look at and think, man, so-and-so really has her life togethe
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Debbie
Sep 15, 2016 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were things I liked about this one (the funny aspects of being a mom, dealing with spit up and leaking diapers, etc) and things I didn't. Being somewhat Christian based I was really surprised that both of them had somewhat inappropriate relationships with other people. Not affairs really, though it could be argued that she had an emotional affair. I don't know. Just have a hard time with that.
Christi
Dec 09, 2016 Christi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Stuart does a fantastic job writing about the struggles a new mother faces. How do I know this? I know this, because I found myself praising God that I no longer identified with Heidi. I had my first child and thought I would go right back to work. After only a few days, and with my family taking care of my infant, I decided that I, in fact, did not want to work full time and let someone else take care of my baby. However, my sense of worth was tied directly to my work performance and I stru ...more
Kathleen
Jul 06, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, easy and fun read that is easily relatable to every mom out there that has to balance home life with an infant along with a career. I enjoyed the fact that she wasn't portrayed negatively for choosing to go back to work as the main character here shows that women like her have an important role to play in helping develop the future generation in a positive way. it's time teachers were recognized for the valuable role they play and in reading this book I gave kudos to her for making the ...more
Anne
Aug 30, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
Fun, but not mindless. A good study of reactions and responses in relationships when the stresses of living life in 21st century America--marriage, career, motherhood, friendships, and of course, Christian faith--collide. Though I don't have exactly the same experiences as Heidi Elliott, I could relate to the crazy places The Enemy tries to take me in my experiences. This story also gives no excuses for choosing to reduce the stresses by choosing faith and family above all other experiences. It' ...more
Christie
Sep 23, 2007 Christie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: moms
I'm about half way through this book and Stuart has nailed the new mommy life! I also love her narrative style and the main character (maybe because she's a high school teacher?)
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This is a great book! Any woman who has had an infant will understand, especially if they returned to work. I laughed because I could relate. It also was candid about the relationship "lag" that happens to a lot of couples after the birth of their first child. I highly recommend this to all my momm
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David Murray
Jul 15, 2016 David Murray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and Irreverent

I very much enjoyed this book. It was funny and down-to-earth. It was irreverent, but God's Grace still shone through. And, for mothers of any age, it was highly relatable.
Cathleen
Cute story

I enjoyed reading 'Balancing Act ' so much. Brought back memories of when I had my children was working full time, a housewife and wife. I remember feeling totally exhausted and stressed. Cute story with a wonderful message.
Shellie G
Sep 23, 2009 Shellie G rated it liked it
Cute first novel by Kimberly Stuart.
Kristy
Jan 22, 2008 Kristy rated it liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
nice cute easy read depicting heidi - a woman adjusting to new motherhood, work, marriage, etc.
Kerry
Jan 25, 2011 Kerry rated it liked it
Chick (Mommy) Lit with a Christian slant. Lots that I could relate to. Easy read.
Barb
Jul 14, 2016 Barb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel about a new mother who runs into her ex-boyfriend around town and indulges in emotional adultery to get back at her husband, whom she suspects of having an affair with a rich client.
Mike Mueller
Dec 20, 2013 Mike Mueller rated it it was amazing
nicely written (and by my college roommate's wife) !
Lisa
Apr 04, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it
Laugh out loud, real humor. Great vacation read!
Carol Simmons
Sep 11, 2016 Carol Simmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice book

Good family story with lots of smiles about family life. Would read more books by author. Again good story. Good read
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Kimberly Stuart wants you to know that authors write their own bios and are hardly reliable sources, particularly if they are writers of fiction. Nevertheless, there are a few facts that stand out:

1. Stuart loves a good story, both written and lived.

2. Stuart loves imported chocolate and her children, though the order of her affections sometimes gets muddled.

3. Stuart writes comedic women's ficti
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