Item description for Balancing Act (Heidi Elliott Series #1) by Kimberly Stuart...
Fiercely independent, new-mom Heidi has never been one for group activities, much less church chats and teas. Pushed into accepting an invitation to the Wednesday night Moms Group, she finds herself in a sea of polyester, polka dots, big hair, and strong women who just might hold the lifeline she didn’t think she needed.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2006
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1600060765 ISBN13 9781600060762
Availability 0 units.
More About Kimberly Stuart
Kimberly Stuart holds degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Iowa. After teaching Spanish and English as a second language in Chicago, Minneapolis, Costa Rica, and eastern Iowa, she took a huge increase in pay to be a full-time mom. She makes her home in Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband and two young children.
Reviews - What do customers think about Balancing Act (Heidi Elliott Series #1)?
HIlarious, Honest and Hopeful Mar 31, 2007
What a fun read! I read Kimberly Stuart's debut novel while in bed with a bad case of bronchitis--and it was the perfect antidote to the "gloomies." As a mom who has juggled work, kids, hubby and church responsibilities, I understood the main character, Heidi, and her dilemma...to keep juggling, or to let a few balls drop and see what happens. Stuart's tone is just-right, and I laughed out loud several times (always a good sign). I also loved the fact that this novelist wasn't afraid to let her characters say what women really think...and I was glad her publisher let her! Kudos on this book. I'm looking forward the the sequel!
Humor and Heart Feb 6, 2007
In Kimberly Stuart's debut novel, Balancing Act, we find Heidi Elliot loving motherhood, but itching to get back to teaching high school Spanish. After all, how hard will it be to balance both jobs? Mothers have managed for years.
Heidi soon finds out. Even though Nora is an 'easy' baby, it's overwhelming at times to balance motherhood, teaching, and being the wife she wants to be to her husband, Jake - who seems to be getting more than enough attention from one of his new clients. Throw in Heidi's old boyfriend who just moved into her neighborhood, and you have the kind of chaotic life with which all wives and mothers can identify.
As a mom, I enjoyed the realism along with hilarious moments Ms. Stuart interspersed. I could feel Heidi's panic, the stress, and the ever-present question of, "What do I do now?" With so many choices to make, Heidi needs more than practical advice, and finds the grace and wisdom to make right choices in an unlikely place - the dreaded "Moms' Group" she'd felt pressured to attend.
Ms. Stuart writes about marriage and motherhood with great insight and humor. Balancing Act is smart and fun. I look forward to more novels from Kimberly Stuart.
A MOTHER'S CHOICE: WHEN BABY MAKES THREE Jan 25, 2007
Here's a book I could not put down. Stay-home moms and working moms alike will adore Kimberly Stuart's breakout novel. Don't we all know how hard it is to balance love, marriage, friendship, and career? But oh, how the challenges mount when baby makes three.
Heidi Elliot has it all - an award-winning career as a Spanish teacher, a cute home in a historical part of town, and a handsome hubby who loves the Lord. Six-month baby Nora sparkles with laughter and joy. (Insert Jaws music here.)
Then along comes a gorgeous, wealthy client who pays a little too much attention to Heidi's husband, Jake. And surprise! Heidi's old flame moves down the street, working as a freelance photographer for his big-shot New York editors. Meanwhile, Heidi's breast-pump stays in action as she's gone back to work early to solve a crisis. How will she cope?
Stuart's plot is full of pizzazz, giving tribute to every woman's need for the bonds of sisterhood.
-- Christian Women Online Book Buzz
I laughed, I sighed, but never was I bored! Dec 15, 2006
Stuart has aptly named this book. She employs a perfect balance of humor and tender moments in this rollicking good read. I carried it everywhere with me for two days. Whether standing in line at the grocery store or picking up the dry-cleaning, I was reading and either laughing or sighing, but never was I bored.
Balancing Act is delightful and fresh. The spiritual thread is honest and definitely not preachy. It's a book a non-Christian could enjoy without rolling their eyes. Heidi's sarcastic wit lightens the moments that could easily have become schmaltzy or lumbering.
Like a virtuoso, Stuart delivered the denouement with a fresh approach that rang with honesty--a huge debut novel, in this reviewer's opinion. Balancing Act receives Novel Reviews' highest recommendation.
Reviewed by Ane Mulligan www.anemulligan.com
Entertaining mom-lit Dec 10, 2006
While it's been almost too long for me to remember what a pain *ahem* joy it was having a baby in the house, I enjoyed reading this witty story about a new mom practically going crazy trying to "do it all". I must admit it brought back painful memories I thought I had stuffed away and some cherished ones as well.
Kim Stuart does a superb job of getting inside a mom's mind, letting us feel the frustration of a world crashing in and the hope of future sanity. Even if it did have maybe too happy of an ending, it was very well-written. I recommend it to young moms everywhere.