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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Here, Hope, Home by Kaira Rouda Book Review


Kelly Mills Johnson becomes restless in her thirty-ninth year. An appetite for more forces her to take stock of her middling middle-American existence and her neighbors’ seemingly perfect lives. Her marriage to a successful attorney has settled into a comfortable routine, and being the mother of two adorable sons has been rewarding. But Kelly’s own passions lie wasted. She eyes with envy the lives of her two best friends, Kathryn and Charlotte, both beautiful, successful businesswomen who seem to have it all. Kelly takes charge of her life, devising a midlife makeover plan.

From page one, Kelly’s witty reflections, self-deprecating humor, and clever tactics in executing that plan—she places Post-it notes all over her house and car—will have readers laughing out loud. The next instant, however, they might rant right along with Kelly as her commitment to a sullen, anorexic teenager left on her doorstep tries her patience or as she deflects the boozy advances of a divorced neighbor. Readers will need to keep the tissue box handy, too, as Kelly repairs the damage she inflicted on a high school friend; realizes how deeply her husband, Patrick, understands and loves her; and ultimately grows into a woman empowered by her own blend of home and career.

Here, Home, Hope will surely appeal to readers of chick lit and other women’s fiction titles who are ready to transition into something new in their own life.




My thoughts:  Although the Main Character Kelly and my life are completely different in many ways, I can still relate to her in that I understand what it is like to down play my own self-worth.  Especially as we get older we as women forget about taking care of our own selves.  Taking care of everyone else becomes priority.   I enjoyed the way the author brought the characters together as each were having their own mid-life crisis in their lives,  but as friends they empowered each other to overcome and move on.  In the process of making changes to her own life, Kelly started posting sticky notes all around the house and car.  These sticky notes were a part of her "Things to Change" list.  Her list at times were quite comical, but touched on some of the simplest things that we sometimes forget to do for ourselves.   I recommend any woman whether married or single to pick up this book and read it.

You can read about the Author Kaira Rouda at http://www.kairarouda.com/

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Disclosure: One2OneNetwork provided me a copy of Here, Hope, Home to read and provide a review on my blog.  I was not paid for a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

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