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 wasted…  See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Reviews
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.
Library Journal - Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608321360
Publisher:
Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
213,723
File size:
3 MB

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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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