on 10 March 1999
Love in the balance is so much more than a romance. Marianne Martin has created characters I wish I could visit on a regular basis. At times they made me laugh out loud, and other times they made me cry. I worried so much about them that I couldn't put the book down.
The story is real and exceptionally well-drawn. It is a reminder of how wonderful love is, and the courage that it takes to live it. Don't miss this one.
on 12 July 2012
I know some people see 5 star reviews and dismiss them as over the top. But I don't know how I could possibly give this book any less given that I have read it about 6 times (and about 4 of those in a row).
I am definitely not a fan of romance novels - the very idea of them has me wrinkling my nose in disgust. This is not a romance novel but a beautiful love story does unfold within its pages. The beauty is in the way it unfolds. There is a sense of reality and beauty in the story and I love the way that it does not culminate in trashy porn, like a lot of other lesbian novels seem to.
The author has managed to intertwine a tragic plot with a beautiful love story in such a way that has the reader questioning their own beliefs and looking deep into their soul to ask themselves "What would I do in this situation?"
I am so glad I took the time to first read this novel. It led me to Marianne K Martin's other works and a sense of finally finding lesbian fiction that doesn't have me running for the hills.
on 8 May 2016
This was one of the first lesfic books I read when I started reading lesfic some 3 or more years ago (didn't know it was out there before then!). It's still a wonderfully romantic tale of fearful lesbian Kasey (having been burnt before) trying to avoid falling for 'straight-girl' Connie. Even when the inevitable happens, Connie has some trouble being accepted by the lesbian community that Kasey is a part of, until a dreadful event pulls everyone together.
Having been first published in 1998 "Love in the Balance" with its themes of homophobia and intolerance feels slightly dated now. The fact is we do live in a more tolerant age and whilst random attacks do still occur, the idea of fearing you might lose your job because of your sexuality is blessedly a thing of the past (in this country at least; not sure about the US). That said, it's still both a sobering tale, but also a beautifully written and very romantic one. And, if you haven't read it, it's an absolute bargain too!
on 25 May 2014
This is a good book and I would have given it 5 stars if it didn't change completely half way through, I don't want to spoil the story so I won't go into too much detail but it is basically a romantic book and then it turns a bit serious, personally I wanted a trashy romance novel so this is not what I was expecting, but it is still good, I would probably choose to delete out the sad bits if I was going to read it again.