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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New American Library; Reprint edition (Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451211162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451211163
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,016,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x901cade0) out of 5 stars 88 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9018d6d8) out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One 14 May 2002
By Amy Leemon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If this were a movie, it would be one of those wacky screwball comedies from the 30's. Some of the scenes are so funny, you find yourself laughing out loud - particularly when food is involved.
The cast of characters includes:
The husband and wife who just want to make it to retirement and a well earned quiet existence by a lake who find their lives turned upside down by ...
The sister whose husband has left her for a woman younger than their daughter who arrives for a visit (of undetermined length) with her little dog who loves to bite ankles.
The daughter who becomes engaged to a man whose mother is planning a reception for 900 ("And how many do you have on YOUR list, dear?") but who gets distracted when her ex-boyfriend (who always seems to be around - especially at meals) becomes attracted to her exotic cousin.
The contractor who is adding a Florida room on their house. Major foundation problems have come up and he also always is around - eating and giving advice.
Read it, enjoy it and share it. This book is a keeper.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9018d75c) out of 5 stars An entertaining story of family life 4 Dec. 2005
By N. A. Genovese - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book because Ray's first book, Julie and Romeo, had been so good I decided to follow up on her progress. She is just as good in Step-Ball-Change. The story starts off very unassuming with our two main characters having supper when the phone rings. From there on it is one family catastrophe after another. The story is funny and the main characters are interesting and true to life. The secondary characters are also realistic. Actually, one of the best characters in the book is a white terrier who is nervous and energetic and never bites anyone until...well, you'll see.

Step-Ball-Change is a very funny story of family life. The story encompasses the lives of both young and old characters and their happiness, trials, and tribulations and how each member of the family relates to one another in the context of those trying times.

Step-Ball-Change is a funny and entertaining story and I recommend it highly.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9018db94) out of 5 stars Warm & Witty 1 April 2004
By Barks Book Nonsense - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It was charming from beginning to end, never dull, never over-the-top and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read it. Having recently read two very lackluster "chick-lit" type books this story was a refreshing change of pace. There was no bitterness, no over the top shenanagins, no ridiculous situations and no 20 or 30-something nitwit heroine.
Instead the story is told from a happily married 60-ish heroine (Caroline) whose life is turned upside down when she receives two phone calls simultaneously from hysterical woman. One is her daughter, Kay, who is crying tears of joy because she's become engaged to the catch of the century and the other is from her sister Taffy whose husband just ran off with a very younger woman. Taffy & her nasty little dog Stamp temporarily move in with Caroline and Tom while she decides what to do with the rest of her life. Caroline is less than thrilled with the fact that her daughter is marrying into such a wealthy family especially when she learns that they intend to invite 900 guest. Poor Caroline sees her retirement plans flying out the window. This story is about life's little (and bigger) bumps and all of the interwining relationships.
I also really enjoyed the way the author incorporated dance into the story ~ it read like it was her true passion and added a lot of depth to Caroline, Taffy & George. There are many touching moments and wise observations about love, romance and marriage. The characters were all terrific and came alive for me and I hated to let them go when the book ended (something I rarely say about a book these days!). At times I wanted to shake some sense into Kay and felt like she was totally insensitive and selfish but it turns out she's only human (and really not so bad in the end) just the rest of the folks in this book . I smiled and my eyes teared up quite a bit while reading this and I'm adding this author's other books to my wishlist when I find a few spare minutes. My only complaint? This book could've been longer as I felt it all ended too quickly but maybe that's just because I enjoyed it so much.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ff7b0cc) out of 5 stars Cool read for a hot summer day! 15 Jun. 2002
By Paula Hess - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I really liked Julie and Romeo and couldn't wait for Ray's latest Step-Ball-Change. This is truly a delightful read. We meet Caroline and her husband Tom who are trying to save the foundation of their house which has developed a few cracks in it.
All of a sudden their personal lives seem to take on the same aspect. Caroline's sister Taffy calls to say she is coming for a visit as her husband has left her for a woman younger than their daughter. At the same time Caroline's daughter calls to tell her parents she is engaged to the wealthiest boy in town. From there on the story starts to roll. Caroline and Tom begin to see their retirement fly right out the window as they invision having to pay half of a million dollar wedding. The quiet contractor Woodrow, training Taffy's viscious tiny leg biting dog into being a calm house pet and trying to fix their house before it totally gives way. I love the way dance is brought into this book. Caroline has been a dancer all her life and this book tells the story of how one family learns to dance together. That time goes by too fast and that you have to speak up and say what you feel and always dance.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9018deac) out of 5 stars Delightfully charming and humorous 1 Sept. 2006
By That's Rich - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you're ever down, buy this book and keep it on hand. It's sure to lift your spirits!!! You may even start tap dancing!

Likable and believable characters, good story line told with great charm and humor (not the cynical brand of humor that is so often found in today's writing)--just charmingly funny. When this book came to the end, I thought how much I'd love to see it made into a movie!!!
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