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All the Difference
     

All the Difference

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by Kaira Rouda
 

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"An intriguing cast of characters and an untimely death set the stage for a chick-lit, murder mystery in Rouda's (HERE, HOME, HOPE) latest novel. A trio of strong women form the centerpiece of the absorbing novel. The murder mystery serves as a captivating backdrop to the finely drawn characters, and the twist at the end is a fantastic revelation. It's a nod to

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"An intriguing cast of characters and an untimely death set the stage for a chick-lit, murder mystery in Rouda's (HERE, HOME, HOPE) latest novel. A trio of strong women form the centerpiece of the absorbing novel. The murder mystery serves as a captivating backdrop to the finely drawn characters, and the twist at the end is a fantastic revelation. It's a nod to Rouda's talent that despite the inherent (and severe) flaws each woman displays, the reader still forms an attachment to each of them. A light, engaging read that keeps readers guessing until the end." ~ Kirkus Reviews


From the bestselling author of HERE, HOME, HOPE, comes a novel of suspense and choices, with a nod to the best of Susan Isaacs's tales of suburban murder.

Once again, everything isn't what it seems in the suburb of Grandville. ALL THE DIFFERENCE is the story of three women whose lives become entangled by the choices they make and how, ultimately, one of them turns to murder to achieve her goals.

Roommates Laura and Angie couldn't be more different. Laura is a local celebrity, the television anchor who is motivated to move out of small-time media markets and on to the big time, no matter the cost. Meanwhile, Angie, a luckless waitress, spends her time waiting for Mr. Right to save her from temporary jobs and a life spent making bad choices.

On the other side of town, Ellen abandons her life as a successful fundraiser for that of an isolated housewife in the country estate she shares with her husband, whose affairs become increasingly hard to ignore. When the city's gossip columnist, Maddie, and restaurant reviewer, Dixon, become involved in the story, the unlikely duo stir up more than they intended.

With her signature mix of compassion and wit, Kaira Rouda once again takes readers on an entertaining journey into the heart of women's lives in suburbia, this time with a dose of suspense.

Editorial Reviews

bestselling author - Claire Cook
Reading Kaira Rouda is like getting together with one of your best friends - fun, fast, and full of great advice!
Claire Cook
Reading Kaira Rouda is like getting together with one of your best friends - fun, fast, and full of great advice!
Bonnie Trachtenberg
There's a reason why Kaira Rouda has racked up so many awards for her work -- it's called talent! In All the Difference, she demonstrates her versatility, her knack for creating indelible characters, and her gift for keeping readers thoroughly entertained.
bestselling author - Bonnie Trachtenberg
There's a reason why Kaira Rouda has racked up so many awards for her work -- it's called talent! In All the Difference, she demonstrates her versatility, her knack for creating indelible characters, and her gift for keeping readers thoroughly entertained.
New York Times bestselling author - Melissa Foster
A murder mystery that kept me guessing until the end, with lovable characters who made me laugh and cry. Kaira Rouda has done it again.
Melissa Foster
A murder mystery that kept me guessing until the end, with lovable characters who made me laugh and cry. Kaira Rouda has done it again.
Kirkus Reviews
"An intriguing cast of characters and an untimely death set the stage for a chick-lit, murder mystery in Rouda's (HERE, HOME, HOPE) latest novel. A trio of strong women form the centerpiece of the absorbing novel. The murder mystery serves as a captivating backdrop to the finely drawn characters, and the twist at the end is a fantastic revelation. A light, engaging read that keeps readers guessing until the end."
Susan Illis
RECOMMENDED.
"The lives of several women intersect in Kaira Rouda's riveting, engrossing mixture of suspense, mystery, and women's fiction. There are few things more entertaining than stories revealing the seamy underside of suburban life.:
The US Review of Books - Susan Illis
RECOMMENDED.
"The lives of several women intersect in Kaira Rouda's riveting, engrossing mixture of suspense, mystery, and women's fiction. There are few things more entertaining than stories revealing the seamy underside of suburban life.:

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014237000
Publisher:
Real You Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/20/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
274
Sales rank:
1,394
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Kaira Rouda is an award-winning author and entrepreneur. She lives in Southern California with her husband and four children and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or KairaRouda.com. Other fiction titles by Kaira Rouda include the best-selling novel HERE, HOME, HOPE and short story A MOTHER'S DAY.

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All the Difference 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Kaira Rouda, author of Here, Home, Hope, takes us back to Grandville in her newest release, All The Difference. We are introduced to a number of new residents and someone has a secret. Unlike Rouda’s first novel, this one is darker and mysterious. Throughout the novel we not only learn about these new characters there are also flashbacks for one young girl and we don’t know who it is. Three women entangled with the same two men makes for some pretty interesting reading. There is Laura, a tv anchor who has no intention of sticking around Grandville. She is waiting to break into a big city television station and she isn’t afraid to step on anyone’s back she needs to in order to get her to the top. Then there is Angie, Laura’s roommate. She knows what she wants out of life too and she’s willing to lay on her back to get her dream life. Angie appears to be young and a little naive, but she doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process of finding her Mr. Right. Last there is Ellen. Ellen is making a home for her and her husband and wishing for a baby of her own. Poor thing is married to a tomcat that doesn’t really care if she likes it or not. Ellen realizing her dreams might not come true decides to go back to work and find happiness. The only thing these three women have in common are two men—two men that will change their lives! Kaira has written another great book! I really enjoyed All The Difference. I will say at the beginning there are a number of characters and situations setting up, I did struggle with getting everyone straight at first. By the time I was finished reading I couldn’t help but feel like Grandville is a little like Knots Landing (ok aged myself a little). I hope Rouda continues to visit Grandville and we get to see more and more out of these characters! I loved the dual mystery going on in the story. Who is having the flashbacks and was there a murderer? The more I read the harder I found putting the book down. A recommend! And you don’t have to read Here, Home, Hope first, but I also recommend you read it!
LoraineS More than 1 year ago
Fun chick lit and my type of mystery. Loved it.
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
I love stories that follow several different characters and show how their worlds are intertwined. This was such an addictive read. All I can say is WOW! If you love romantic suspense, you're going to love this book.
J_Folden_CRM_Easton More than 1 year ago
This one is a true thriller! It had me guessing all the way to the last chapter!
mommybooknerd More than 1 year ago
ALL THE DIFFERENCE left me reeling. I was immediately drawn in by each one of the characters stories. Rouda masterfully wove the stories of these compelling and, at times, ruthless women into a novel that kept you turning pages. Adultery, lies, friendship, marriage and murder mixed with the one thing that made all the difference to these women in their lives is the center of this novel. Rouda may have left small clues throughout the book, but I was constantly thrown for a loop while reading this novel. Then came the very last paragraph and I may, quite literally, have held my breath the whole time I was reading it....wow is all I can say. Pick up your copy of ALL THE DIFFERENCE to read an original novel with depth and spunk. I rate this book 4 stars!
Anonymous 8 hours ago
I was tricked by the summary. This is all very "real housewives"
Anonymous 13 days ago
A real,"stay up all night page turner"!
Anonymous 14 days ago
Enjoyable novel with well-developed characters whose lives are intrictly entwined. I was able to figure out who the culprit was, but it had me guessing for awhile.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Great book for a rainy afternoon.
JoelT310 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish this book. I couldn't see the point of the story after reading about half of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I struggled through this book because I rarely don't finish a book once I start it. I admit I skimmed through the last few chapters. All the men in this book were so weak and the women were almost as bad. Started out okay but went downhill.
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*waits for Firestorm* ~ ¿