The Juggle by Ellie Barker

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? 

My Thoughts


When married couple Molly and Dan make the decision to swap their roles in work in order to save Dan’s career, they presume it will be a walk in the park – however, their reality is far from ideal.

Molly begins working in front of the camera rather than behind the scenes, and is more determined than ever to salvage the career her husband has worked tirelessly to achieve, so when she finds herself being offered the interview of a lifetime – something her husband hadn’t achieved throughout the years, she finds her head in a spin – it is too good an opportunity to pass up, but she simply can’t tell; Dan the truth.

Both of them want to prove they have what it takes to follow in their partners footsteps for a little while, but they never truly appreciated just how much work their partner put in throughout the day,. Alongside harbouring some secrets that could change their lives forever, we are taken on a true emotional rollercoaster ride alongside Molly and Dan.

This is one of those stories that has you engrossed from the moment it begins. The characters are well fleshed out and have authentic, realistic personalities that really allow you to connect with them as individuals. The storyline is unique and perfectly plotted, keeping you invested to the very end. A marvellous read.

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About the Author

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



*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Ellie Barker for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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