Here, Home, Hope

Here, Home, Hope

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by Kaira Rouda

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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

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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.

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Written with a bouncy sense of humor, this lighthearted novel delights the reader while delving into serious issues such as eating disorders and addictions, typical problems of middle-class America. Rouda will touch readers who can relate to the frustration of being sidelined on the field of life, never allowed to play and always needed behind the bleachers, until finally experiencing the joy of participation.
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Kelly Johnson is no longer fulfilled by her charmed suburban life with an exquisite home, two wonderful boys, and a perfect husband. All around her, families are falling apart: the next-door neighbors just got divorced, best friend Kathryn's teenage daughter, Melanie, is battling anorexia, and old friend Charlotte needs help with her burgeoning real estate business. While her boys are at summer camp, Kelly shifts her life into overdrive, taking in the sullen Melanie and preparing one of Charlotte's homes for showings. It turns out that Kelly has a gift for interior decorating, and she soon decides to launch her own business. Kelly helps her friends and neighbors get back on their feet while simultaneously finding a cure for her midlife blasé. VERDICT This fiction debut often feels like a how-to book on starting a small business—not surprising, as the author is an entrepreneur and real estate expert, who here highlights women's entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurs and women wishing to become small business owners may find this novel interesting.—Anika Fajardo, St. Catherine Univ., St. Paul

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Roma Downey
I found Kaira Rouda's debut novel, Here, Home, Hope, inspiring, empowering and fun to read. You'll want to share it with the women you care about in your life. (Roma Downey, actress/producer)
Amy Hatvany
"A warm, witty, and engaging debut that had me laughing out loud. Rouda has created a lovable and perceptive heroine who navigates her struggles with honesty and awe-inspiring determination to succeed. A fun and totally satisfying read." --(Amy Hatvany, author of Best Kept Secret)
Talli Roland
A wonderfully warm read about finding happiness in yourself, Kaira Rouda's debut novel skillfully portrays the triumph of self-belief over society's threatening elements. (Talli Roland, author of The Hating Game)
Laura Zahn Rosenthal
Kaira Rouda's voice is spot on - full of humor, angst and vitality. She does a wonderful job capturing the emotional journey that marriage and motherhood thrust upon us and encourages us all to find ways to enjoy the ride with grace and humility. Here, Home, Hope is full of hilarity and crackling insights into our modern culture. A must read for all women! (Laura Zahn Rosenthal, Ph.D., Malibu City Council member)
Katrina Kittle
"If you've ever felt your own life contained a list of Things to Change (and whose hasn't?), then you will fall in love with Kelly Johnson, the restless protagonist of Here, Home, Hope. Kaira Rouda's funny, moving novel is a model of inspiration and reinvention for anyone seeking to find what's next in life." --(Katrina Kittle, author of The Blessings of the Animals)
Claire Cook
"Reading Kaira Rouda is like getting together with one of your best friends - fun, fast, and full of great advice! Here, Home, Hope sparkles with humor and heart." --(Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Best Staged Plans)
Beth Hoffman
"Witty and uplifting, Here, Home, Hope is a charming debut that explores the courage it takes to reshape life and how to do it with a dash of panache." --(Beth Hoffman, bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt)
Jacquelyn Mitchard
"I loved Kaira Rouda's book. I love its irony and its courage and humor. . . . It's the real thing." --(Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author of Still Summer and The Deep End of the Ocean)
Robyn Harding
Relatable and inspiring. A perfect read for anyone experiencing one of life's "what's next?" moments. (Robyn Harding, author of Chronicles of a Midlife Crisis)
Kelly Meyer
Things to Change (T2C): Make more time to read - starting with Kaira Rouda's Here, Home, Hope a story about how women can have it all if we own it all. (Kelly Meyer, mom, philanthropist and one of O Magazine's Power List)
Jenna Blum
"Endearingly honest, consistently upbeat, Here, Home, Hope is an inspiring read that left me feeling genuinely hopeful." --(Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers, and one of Oprah's Thirty Favorite Women Writers)

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Here, Home, Hope 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
tracysnook More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. It is not the kind of book that I have been reading lately, you know one of those true escapism books to just get away from real life. Instead this book touches on so many facets of my real life right now it was amazing to see how others could handle things, Like Kelly I am getting close to that 40 mark, and in the process of re0inventing myself. Like Katherine and Charlotte I just finally finalized my divorce, after 2.5 years we were both ready for things to be over. The concept of staging houses to sell is something I am looking into since I am also selling my current home, living here 13 years we have tons of junk that we are going through and trying to find the right way to live here and show the place can be tricky. I also have a moody teenage son that is a chore and a delight to handle, though thankfully he has no where near as serious problems as Melanie does. All in all anyone who is going through a midlife crises, or just changing and trying to reconstruct themselves I recommend this book. I plan on passing it along to my mom, and then on to some of my other friends, if that is any indication of how much I really did like this book.
Steph_In_Denver More than 1 year ago
After reading the previous reviews (interestingly, all written within a one week period of one another,) I expected Here, Home, Hope to be far more engaging and enjoyable than it was. Instead, I felt completely disconnected from the characters - I couldn't identify with Kelly (despite being a 30-something myself who should have plenty in common with her), and it was honestly a struggle to get through the book. The storylines were nothing new. In fact, they rang eerily similar to those of other books in the same genre, just less enticing - a woman keeping a list of things to change about herself, a friendship which is tested because of differences in morality, a young woman struggling with body-image and and eating disorder. On the surface, these seem like compelling storylines, but they simply don't pull the reader in. There was ample opportunity for Here, Home, Hope to be more interesting, but instead it felt very much like being on the outside of a series of "you had to be there" moments - you can appreciate what's being said, but you never truly feel that you're getting a full picture of the lives of these characters. I'm glad I didn't spend a great deal on this book.
Disney5274 More than 1 year ago
My Opinion: Here,Home,Hope by Kaira Rouda encourages you to reevaluate you circumstances and find ways to reinvent your life. I identified with the subjects in the book like when your kids are growing and you find that they don't need you as much as they did. Or from wanting more time for youself. Kelly the main character and a likable charcter in the book shows how she struggles to start her own home business. How she reconnects with friends and tackles their problems. The book was down to earth and funny. It helps women with some strong emotion issues that women face today. Like eating disorders and addictions. This book is a great summer read for women who like chick lit. I recommend it.
Han More than 1 year ago
Here, Hope, Hope by Kaira Rouda is about a mom who is having a midlife crisis. She chose to be a stay at home mom, but now that her kids are growing up, she's questioning that decision. This book takes you trough that journey of her finding herself, and the changes she wants to make in her life. This was a really heartfelt book. You feel like you are going on her journey with her, and it also gives you cause to question some things about your own life, and what you need to change. I especially like the fact that even though its about serious issues, you see the humor in it as well. This is definitely not a boring book! I would recommend it to any woman who wants to read a heartfelt and funny story. I also think that this would be a good book for a book club. It would be interesting to talk about some of the issues this book addresses in a group. I definitely felt inspired after reading this, and I hope you are as well!
animalgal More than 1 year ago
Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda Kaira Rouda is the founder of the Real Living Real Estate brand and the Real You. She is very accomplished, and decided to write a book to fulfill her dream of being an author. This book came from that dream. It is about a woman, Kelly, who is going through a mid life crisis. She re-evaluates her life, and makes some changes. It is a great book to take to the beach! Total chick lit! Fun, and reads pretty quick. Yes, I did receive a download of this book. But my review is my opinion.
NatalieTahoe More than 1 year ago
Life as a successful lawyer's wife and mother to two adorable sons, Kelly really should feel like she has it all. At this stage in life, these things should be comforting and being a stay-at-home mother should be all she needs. Right? Unfortunately, Kelly's just starting the initial stages of a mid-life crisis. A recent scare with her first mammogram test, and a general feeling of being unsettled leaves her feeling as though she's within her life, but feeling as though she is missing...something. And here I was, worried I wasn't ready for a thoughtful summer read! Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda, to be released May 1st by Greenleaf Book Group, is like being with friends, commiserating over marriages, children, and life in general. I adored this book - it fit perfectly in my own life right now. Haven't we all questioned whether or not we're at where we want to be, where we thought we should be, at this stage? It's not as though you don't love what you have, it's whether or not you feel grounded, as if you're really living your life. Let's be honest - problems are all relative. While one person appears to have the perfect life, it's not fair to say that they should just be appreciative of what they have and get over it. More often than not, they do realize that they should be grateful for what they have, and this is what compounds their guilt even more. And this is exactly why I loved all of the characters - they are all real. They are flawed, insecure, confused, and going through one hell of a time right now. Kelly, at the middle of it all, feels that lack of confidence weigh her down even more. Should she start her own business? What could she do after being out of the job market for fifteen years? While she commits to making changes both in her professional and personal life, she begins to put little notes throughout her home as reminders, which are oftentimes both humorous and sad. And although she has friends, they're going through their own issues, too. Along for this personal ride is "borrowed" daughter, Melanie, struggling with tough emotional issues and anorexia, which makes the summer dramatically different than Kelly anticipated. Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda makes me want to sit at the beach on a summer afternoon and look back at my own choices, make changes when necessary, and appreciating what I have as I ultimately become who I want to be. Kaira Rouda has made her jump into contemporary fiction with a story that is inspirational and heartwarming, one that is going to be loved by many. It is a refreshing reflection on finding beauty in everything that makes you exactly who you are. If you like Kristina Riggles' The Life You've Imagined or Sarah Pekkanen's Skipping a Beat, then you'll find a reassuring hug from Kaira Rouda's Here, Home, Hope.
Lovingheartmommy More than 1 year ago
Kelly the main character in "Here, Home, Hope" is a 39 year old mother to two teenage sons, happily married, and has two best friends. She is your typical suburbia mom and who seems to have the perfect life in her upper class community. Kelly goes through a cancer scare and starts to wonder what she needs to do with her life. She's searching for something and I believe its a phase all women go through. We get to that point where we wonder if everything we do is enough or is there a greater purpose? Change can be difficult but we all see as does Kelly that change can be a good thing. Kelly shows us a fun way to initiate change, she uses post it notes on a variety of things, for example her home and her car who she named "Doug". If your looking for a story full of empowerment and inspiration then "Here, Home, Hope" is for you! I believe every woman can relate to Kelly and the things she is going through. This story has even inspired me to make changes in my life, for the better! Whether big changes or small we all need a little change to make our lives healthier and happier for not only ourselves but also for those around us. * Thanks to the One 2 One Network I was able to review this wonderful book *
Mom2cwj3 More than 1 year ago
I admit that I was captivated from page one as Kelly Johnson sat in the dentist chair. As I continued to read I was amazed at the parallel lives we were living. No, not everything is exactly the same, but the way she sets out to reinvent herself is exactly where I feel I am. Kelly is able to find a purpose for her everyday life and uses Post-It notes to chart her T2C {things to change} list all over her house and her car. I understand her passion and desire to bring about a new chapter in her life. Kaira Rouda arouses the emotional side of the reader and allows you to feel heartache,anger,sadness,and hope right along with the characters of the novel. The book is funny and full of life-changing advice you can actually take into consideration upon reading. Here, Home, Hope will definitely appeal to other chick lit readers with a desire for change and purpose in their own lives. I know that it truly helped ignite that desire in me!
zoe_44 More than 1 year ago
This book was a great vacation read - it moved quickly and was full of characters that most of us can find in our own lives. It reads like a memoir although it is completely fiction, save the "product placement" - Rouda has woven her own books and business brands into the story. According to the book notes, the author's main goal with the book is to encourage women in business. Certainly this book gave me inspiration to follow my entrepreneurial goals, as Kelly, the main character, quickly sets her sights on her passion and is running a booming business before the book ends. I liked the themes of women in business and drawing strength/resources from our friends, but again, everything seemed a little too easy. Many of the barriers that women face in following their dreams/goals for starting a business were not there for Kelly. She had unlimited financial resources due to her husband's job, her husband was very supportive of her, and her two school-aged kids were off at camp for the summer, giving her pretty much an open scheduled to take care of business. Most women in the real world don't have that. Many of the secondary characters are very relate-able, even if few of us can identify with Kelly, and it's really those other characters that kept me reading along, anxious to see what would happen next. Of course there's a happy ending for all, and a closing mantra of 20 focus points for women to follow (Put passions into actions, love who you are, stay connected, be grateful, etc...). So, overall, I thought that Here, Home, Hope was a lightweight, but quick moving book that would be a good "starting place" for women who dream about pursuing specific life goals, or an enjoyable "easy" read for vacation or a book club.
jerylt More than 1 year ago
Kelly Johnson is a woman facing a mid-life crisis. She is stuck in a rut, and decides to take steps to change her life. In the meantime, while she is trying to deal with her own problems, she becames involved in the problems of her two best friends as well becoming the temporary caretaker to one friend's anorexic daughter. This is a very inspiring book. Kelly Johnson is a very gutsy take charge kind of heroine. The way she decides to change her life and then works diligently until she is able to accomplish her goal is quite admirable. I found this book to be more inspiring than a stack of self-help books. Self-help books tell you what you should do and why. This book shows you that it can be done. You can set goals for yourself and accomplish them. If Kelly, can so can you. I am a member of One2One network, and I was given a digital copy of this book for review purposes.
WeeShare More than 1 year ago
I don't have a lot of time to spend reading adult fiction. These days, most of my time is spent reading children's picture books to Raileigh. So, when I do take the time to read, I am pretty particular about the books I pick. I like a book with a good story. I also prefer a group of characters that are believable-- ones that I feel like that I can really get to know. That is exactly what I found in Here, Home, Hope. As the story unfolds, it felt as if I could really see inside the main character, Kelly. She is a stay at home mom, yearning to do more. Kelly started a T2C list- Things To Change. Can't you see how incredibly useful that would be to anyone? The book is full of little tidbits such as this. Though it is a piece of fiction, there are many pages of worthwhile advice to benefit from. It's offbeat and touching, clever and original. It was truly a book that I enjoyed reading. Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I am participating in a blog tour as part of one2one network. I received a copy of this book for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.
ColoradoMoms More than 1 year ago
It's been a while since I've read a good, light, chick lit book. A book that lets me escape the everyday life of being a mom for a little bit each day. This book provided just that, and more! It's a fiction book, but has such great advice in it, I've dog-eared her appendix of "T2C's" for reference for myself. While a quick and easy read, it still had the depth that most books in this genre are lacking. I felt like the main character and I were kindred spirits. This book shared what it's like when you are a stay at home mom and have the desire to do more. I was at that point 2 years ago. I was helping run ColoradoMoms(dot)com forums and wanted to do more. I had no idea what to do. Like the main character, I didn't know I could do what I loved AND make money doing it. I love playing with my kids, checking out the latest toys and sharing things with friends. Who knew that love and passion would translate to a popular blog! Where I get to review things like this amazing book! It really has come full circle.
clallen1971 More than 1 year ago
I have read Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda. I am an at home mom of 2 school aged childred so this was a fun and inspiring book for me to read. I can relate to the main character on many levels. I am inspired to start my own T2C (things to change) list and to see what comes next in my life.
ChristiS More than 1 year ago
This book really spoke to me, as the main character is about the same age as me. Though I'm not a stay at home mom and haven't had some of the life experiences she has had, I still can relate to some of the emotions she feels at this given stage of life. I have been through several bouts of depression, much like Kelly experiences in the book. I really liked the following description that her counselor gives of depression, and the effect medication has on the person in a depressed state: "I like to explain depression like this. Imagine your brain as a bathtub, and it's unusually filled all the way to the top with endorphins. In a depressed person, the brain alone can fill the bathtub only halfway. With medicine, the brain is then able to fill the bathtub all the way to the top. The medicine will help you continuously fill the tub back up until you can do it yourself." Rouda has several very well-worded descriptions of the characters to which I could relate, like when she has Kelly reminiscing on herself as the Engergizer Bunny going and going, but perhaps masking underlying unhappiness with constant motion. Another favorite is Kelly questioning why busy wives and mothers don't reach out to their friends in times of emotional pain and distress. This book would be invaluable to anyone who has a loved one battling an eating disorder similar to that which the character Melanie is undergoing. The advice given and descriptions of Mel's inner struggles feel very real. The only suggestion I might make would be concerning her description of Mel's suicide attempt. However, I realize that this might be because it is one part of the story I can relate to from personal experience. Admittedly, my own experience may be coloring my judgement on this part of the story. I have overwhelmingly positive feelings about this novel. I had trouble putting this book down, and I don't find many books I can say that about lately! I promise you won't be disappointed!
HayleyK More than 1 year ago
From the get-go you are hooked on this book and want to take the journey along with Kelly. Although I found some of the conversation and the way people talk in the book unrealistic, I still enjoyed the plot of the story and the journey from beginning to end. As a full-time stay-at-home-mama I get the feeling of "cabin fever" myself, and wonder what things out in the "real" world am I missing out on. Sometimes you just gotta make a change, and the transformation Kelly goes through is amazing.
rhiana More than 1 year ago
This week my reading has been really interesting... I've read two fiction books, completely coincidentally, they both were about women coming into their own, making changes in their lives and becoming more independent and knowledgeable about living for themselves. These books were completely on each end of the spectrum in quality though! Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda was lovely. It was beautifully written, easy and fast to read yet full of really, three dimensional characters and hopeful, poignant sub-plots. The description was excellent and the characters made you feel for them. There were "good guys" and "bad guys" in the beginning, that later on turn out to be all just people trying to get through the transitions in life the best they can without hurting the ones they loved. I really loved this book! I look forward to more by this author. Sponsorship Disclaimer: No compensation was provided for this review. A free digital copy of this book was provided for my review. All opinions are my own.
borneogirl More than 1 year ago
Here, Home, Hope is set in a fictional place named Grandville, where everyone knows your name and the grass is always greener in your own yard. Looks aren't always as they seem, as Kaira brings her readers to this beautiful town and shows that despite success, beauty, and family, appearances are never as they seem. After receiving news from her mammogram, Kelly evaluates her life and what she wants to change. Armed with post-its and a pen, she begins placing notes to herself as reminders of T2C (things to change). While her children are away at summer camp and her husband is working as a successful attorney, Kelly decides she is ready to embark on a new career. Charlotte and Kathryn, with "perfect lives, perfect marriages, perfect careers", soon let Kelly know what really happens behind the doors of beautiful homes. Kelly is thrown in the mix of helping her friend's anorexic daughter, dealing with her own mid-life crisis, being referee to her best friends as they deal with the fall-outs of their marriages, and balancing a new business that has quickly erupted into a mega success. The characters are believable making it easier to relate to your own life. This is a very fun and light read. This book is a great light summer read. The Things to Change List at the end of the book can help readers plan their own life change.
sneps More than 1 year ago
Here, Home, Hope is set in a fictional place named Grandville, where everyone knows your name and the grass is always greener in your own yard. However, appearances aren't always as they seem, as Kaira brings her readers to this beautiful town and shows that despite success, beauty, and family, appearances are never as they seem. After receiving news from her mammogram, Kelly evaluates her life and what she wants to change. Armed with post-its and a pen, she begins placing notes to herself as reminders of T2C (things to change). While her children are away at summer camp and her husband is working as a successful attorney, Kelly decides she is ready to embark on a new career. Charlotte and Kathryn, with "perfect lives, perfect marriages, perfect careers", soon let Kelly know what really happens behind the doors of beautiful homes. Kelly is thrown in the mix of helping her friend's anorexic daughter, dealing with her own mid-life crisis, being referee to her best friends as they deal with the fall-outs of their marriages, and balancing a new business that has quickly erupted into a mega success. This is a very fun and light read. I could relate with Kelly's character and felt that I was alongside her the whole time. It was refreshing to read a book that empowers women and shows that not all mid-life crisis' have to result in an affair to "find oneself". Rather, a mid-life crisis can bring people closer together and be a catalyst to positive change.
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
Here, Home, Hope a novel by Kaira fact this appears to be her first fiction novel. This is a story about 39 year old Kelly, during a summer where she is feeling the ultimate boredom of being a housewife and the lives of her friends enter turmoil around her. She is so stressed that the story begins with her at the Dentist's office because she bit through her mouth guard. It is a quirky tale, I love the TCT notes - things to change. :) Kelly writes them down and posts them throughout her house. Everyone she knows starts learning them and recognizing when she achieves one, especially her loving husband Patrick. Even when her friends and neighbors marriages fall apart, she knows she has a good one. Patrick will make you sigh and wish your man was more like that. I don't want to get into it too much, but while dealing with her own unhappiness, she opens up her heart and home to her friends to help them during that summer even as she is starting her own business. The flow is pretty great until the last section. The wrapping up changes pace and doesn't fit the rest of the story. That being said, it is a great story and I do highly recommend it. Even the hiccup at the end it was still worth while to read and I want to read it again.
WriterCrys More than 1 year ago
Here, Home, Hope has everything I love in a book - real and relatable characters, humor and heart, and a story that grabbed me from the beginning. I found myself engrossed in Kelly's story, in the lives of all the characters, completely relating to her life as she approaches the big 4-0 - thinking her friends and neighbors have it all, living in the suburbs, wanting to revive her passions and energies that have gone to being a wife and mother for so long. I laughed often at how Kelly tackled her mid-life crises and reinvention, cried when issues got real and emotional (and close to home!), and routed for the characters all along - including the teenage anorexic that Kelly takes under her wing. Perfect for summer reading and for fans of women's fiction and even includes a Things to Change List to help readers plan their own reinvention - an inspiring and absorbing debut novel you must read! I'll be adding Kaira Rouda to my favorite women authors to read and look forward to the next book!
Twink More than 1 year ago
2.5/5 Kaira Rouda is a very successful woman - she is the founder of the Real Living Real Estate brand and the Real You - a road map for success for womenpreneurs. This doesn't even begin to touch on her many, many accomplishments. Here, Home, Hope is the culmination of "her life-long dream to publish a novel." Kelly Johnson has it all - million dollar home, loving husband, two happy, healthy sons, loving friends and family, but as she's looking at her fortieth birthday, something is missing from her life. She hasn't worked since the boys were born - her husband is a successful law partner- and she gave up her PR job. There are a lot of things she'd like to change. To remind herself she puts up post-its with reminders throughout her home. (The list is pretty good and is printed in it's entirety at the end of the book) Rouda tackles a subject many women can identify with. What happens when the kids don't need you as much? When is it time to want more for yourself? Using her own entrepreneurial background Rouda empowers Kelly as she starts her own home staging business, reconnects with friends and helps solve the seemingly myriad problems in her friends' lives. Spoilers ahead. Unfortunately I found it really hard to connect with Kelly and crew. Her 'emergency blonding appointment' runs $295.00, she is worried about the six pounds she gains every summer when her two boys go away to camp in Maine for the summer. (It really shows on her 5'5' frame...) "Did we all simply have too much time on our hands, we Grandville stay-at-home moms? What about the other six million women who stay at home full time? Did all of us use our time to judge one anther and feel fortunate, superior even, that we were the chosen ones, able to quit our jobs and be there for our kids? I wondered what the 74 million moms who work outside the home would think about these petty salvos." When Kathryn, one of her closest friends, asks Kelly to have her anorexic daughter Melanie stay with Kelly for part of the summer she agrees. Kelly also enlists the help of a former anorexic friend, Beth, who is now a counsellor, to help with Melanie. Beth is the mother of a 6 week old girl. But Melanie, who is under 16, attempts suicide. Kelly - "The ER doctor had insisted a parent be called, and since they told me Melanie was stable, I decided not to call Kathryn right away. She still hadn't returned my call from the other night, and perhaps we could handle this situation better without her." Seriously? C'mon.... Kelly herself is a little weight obsessed.... "Afterward as we cuddled, Patrick complimented me on losing weight. I told him that having an anorexic around had prompted me to think about eating healthier through watching portion sizes and writing things down." "I did a little dance in front of my full-length mirror and thought again about permanently adopting Mel and inviting Beth and her family to come live with us. I need to keep the people on the road to healthy eating around me. This could be way better than Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. I could save money and spend it on clothes." When Kelly meets Beth's husband.. ..."Beth's husband, Ryan - who seemed nice, dressed metrosexually, and was not necessarily gay, I decided -" Umm, isn't he the father of the 6 week old baby, and really, does the way someone dresses denote if they're gay? There's more, but I'll stop. I think the idea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book would make any mom smile. It makes you think that we are not alone or crazy in our neverending quest to be a better mom, a better wife and a better friend. It's Ok to keep trying, to sometimes fail but hopefully to occasionally succeed...
Marie64 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book "Here, Home, Hope" by Kaira Rouda. As a mother of a 12 and 16 year old who don't need me as much as they used to I could really relate to Kelly and her mid life crisis. Just like Kelly I have been pondering what to do with the next stage of my life. I have been inspired and empowered by Kelly's can do attitude and her things to change lists. I will definitely be recommending this book to my book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* A great read; bring it on vacation or get cozy at home and you won't want to put it down; you will fly through it. "Here, Home, Hope", is an enjoyable read. As a woman in business who talks to many women daily, I not only related to it myself, but see so many others I know, portrayed in this novel and have suggested it as a top choice. I will continue to recommend this book.
ZAT More than 1 year ago
I love books that are smart, funny, character driven and inspiring. Here, Home, Hope is all that and more. As a mom who struggles with all things marriage, motherhood and identity (who doesn't?), I found Ms. Rouda's characters speaking to me personally! The author has a way of taking what we so often feel but can't articulate and expressing these feelings just right. She infuses her characters with such compassion and real life predicaments that I often wondered if I knew her, or them, somehow. I loved this book and will be recommending it for my next book club meeting!