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Friday, May 6, 2011

Book Review - Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda

On Tuesday, I posted my author interview with Kaira Rouda, regarding her new book, "Here, Home, Hope."  As promised, here is my review of this charming book.

Some people handle milestone birthdays in different ways – some embrace the advancement of age with joy, and some simply dread the aging process.

In Kaira Rouda’s debut novel, “Here, Home, Hope,” a midlife crisis brings about a turning point for a group of friends that will be life changing for all involved.

Kelly Johnson has become a bit dissatisfied with life as her fortieth birthday nears. Her adoring husband, Patrick, is a successful and supportive attorney, has a thriving career and love for golf, and her two young sons are active and away at camp for the summer. This leaves Kelly with a lot of time on her hands, trying to figure out how to overcome what she perceives as being her midlife crisis.

Her two best friends appear to have perfect lives - wealthy husbands, interesting careers - and although she has the same type of life home-wise, Kelly decides to try to be more like them in the career department.

When her realtor friend Charlotte suggests that perhaps Kelly would be good at home-staging (the process of getting a home presentable for selling purposes), Kelly decides to expand on her love of interior decorating and give it a try. But before she can even get started, life intervenes with the appearance of her other friend Kathryn who pleads with Kelly to help her with her anorexic teenaged daughter Melanie.

Kelly soon finds that she has her hands full as she tries to tackle many subjects- her start-up business, her family, her friends and their problems, and but in the midst of juggling everything, she comes to realize what the important things in life are and maybe her life isn’t quite so bad after all.

Kaira Rouda has created a realistic and charming story about a phase in life that nearly all women go through at some point in their lives, and she delivers the saga with gentle humor, wise encouragement, and heart-touching warmth that will keep the reader enthralled throughout the tale.

For more information on Kaira's book, and upcoming projects, check out her website at http://www.kairarouda.com/

Here is the link to my interview with Kaira - http://sharonsgardenofbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/05/five-questions-with-kaira-rouda-author.html

I received a review copy of this book from the author, and was not compensated for my opinion.

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