Book Review: The Juggle by Ellie Barker @elliebarkerwri1 @rararesources


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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My Review

Molly and Dan are married and work in the world of news at The Daily Blossom. Molly is a part time producer working one day a week, spending the rest of her time as a housewife and mother. Dan is a news reporter always in front of the camera and a local celebrity. When Dan makes a faux pas which could end his career, their boss gives him one option to save his career which is to swap places with Molly. How will Molly and Dan take to their new roles? Will the change have an impact on their relationship and marriage?

It was clear from the outset that Dan and Molly are very comfortable in their current roles, so the change is very disconcerting to begin with. However, they both start to develop a new sense for their current role and its challenges. In some ways it brings the characters a new found appreciation for their partners’ role. Molly seems to take to the role like a duck to water, even though initially she is reluctant and makes a fantastic reporter, which is picked up by everyone around her. Dan appears to struggle more than Molly especially when it comes to looking after their twins. He clearly misses being in the lime light and starts to show signs of jealously because of Molly’s success. Add in the nagging inner voices of Molly and Dan who fill their thoughts with doubt and guilt. I really enjoyed the storyline as it was interesting to see two different people thrown into new roles and complete chaos. Plus it was also a really easy read and time just flew by whilst reading.

The book ended on somewhat of a cliff hanger so I’m intrigued to see what happens next to Dan and Molly. Although, this book is part of the Cherry Blossom Park series it can be read as a standalone.

A book about relationships and marriage.

Author Bio

Ellie Barker is a television reporter and presenter. The Juggle is her second book. You can find out more about Ellie at
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