Book #Review: Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
Kelly Mills Johnson becomes restless in her thirty-ninth year. An appetite for more forces her to take stock of her ordinary 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 exhausting. Meanwhile, 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.

My Review
Kelly, the main character in Kaira Rouda's heartwarming novel, is a woman I'd love to have for a friend. She is warm, helpful, and has a nice life as a stay at home mom. She is close to perfection - except that Kelly is unhappy, feeling that something is missing. She decides to take charge and make some changes. Kelly is dealing with her mid-life crisis just as she deals with everything - puts her heart and soul into it, makes a list, and attacks it head on. In the meantime, she manages to help her friends, be in complete sync with her adoring husband, and start a successful business from scratch. She is almost too good to be true. Thankfully, Kelly has her less than ideal moments, too - just like the rest of us.

I was rooting for Kelly to succeed and sympathized with her every step of the way. Ms. Rouda writes with insight, empathy and a sense of humor. Her novel is an enjoyable read about taking a chance and making a good life even better while keeping dear friends close.

Here, Home, Hope is Kaira Rouda's debut novel. Connect with the author on twitter (@KairaRouda) or Facebook, and find out more about her on

Disclosure / Disclaimer: Thanks to my involvement with the One2One Network, I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied but I will be entered in a gift card drawing. The post reflects my personal opinion which may differ from yours.


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