Step, Ball, Change
by Jeanne Ray
Category: Fiction / General
320 pages; ISBN: 0451410742
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Jeanne Ray's books are short [this one checks in at a mere 320 pages], they are clever, they are upbeat, and they are real.
STEP, BALL, CHANGE is a story centered around the family of middle-aged dance teacher Caroline and the travails which occur when her daughter Kay becomes engaged to the 'best catch' in town, her sister Taffy is abandoned by her husband, her son George falls in love, etc. Each in his/her own way is a delight. These are people that I would love to invite to dinner, merely to watch.
Caroline and her husband Tom have a both loving and realistic relationship. They face cracks in their foundation with elan, and spend much of the book trying to figure out how to come up with their half of a million dollar wedding. Plot is, however, a minor factor here; character is all. And Ray's characters are delightful.