Book Review: Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda

You guys know how much I like to read, right? As much as I love reading what’s been out there for awhile, I jump at any chance to get a book in my hands right before or as soon as it’s released. Through my affiliation with One2One Network, I was lucky enough to receive a novel by Kaira Rouda called Here, Home, Hope recently and I wanted to tell you all about it.

The book is touted as “Desperate Housewives meets Kelly Corrigan’s The Middle Place…a witty story of one mother’s journey from midlife crisis to reinvention.”

The story is about a 40-year-old mother of two young boys who are away at summer camp. She struggles with depression but is unsure why because her life seems so happy on the surface. Healthy kids, good marriage, nice home in the suburbs…but she’s grinding her teeth at night and crying during the day. She figures out, as she helps her friends with issues such as divorce, a sick child, adultery and even death; that she too is unfulfilled. Through helping others she gets the opportunity to help herself and discover her passion as she starts her own business.

To me, the book, which is fiction, is a cross between self-help/inspirational and novel because the author offers bits and pieces of real-life advice through her protagonist, Kelly, in the midst of this fictional story. As Kelly constructs her “Things to Change” list you almost feel as if you should grab a piece of paper and jot down things you need to work on yourself.

Personally, I feel like as a mother (who just turned 40!), some things have to be put on the side-burner while you take care of your family. For me it’s a struggle just to work part-time from home and keep things running smoothly. My dream is to write a book and while right now there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to even think about working towards that goal, I hope that someday I will. I can relate to what Kelly feels, wanting to be there for her kids but also nurture her dreams.

The story kept me engaged and I returned to it often and read it quickly…always an indicator of a keeper. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Kelly and her friends and while things wrapped up pretty neatly at the end, I felt like there was certainly a sense of reality to the issues the characters were facing.

Author, Kaira Rouda

The author, Rouda, is currently traveling to promote her book (check out her schedule here) I noticed that she will be in Dallas on June 8, so I wrote to her to see if she could squeeze in a visit to H-town while she is in the “area.” I’ll let you know if she extends her Texas tour for those of you in Houston who’d like to meet her in person. (I love meeting authors and having the opportunity to thank them in person.) Maybe I could even interview her for Still Living The Dream?

Until then, check out the trailer for Here, Home, Hope here to find out what others are saying about the book…or better yet – read it for yourself (you can get it here) Be sure to let me know what you think.

What else are you reading this summer?

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from One2One Network to faciliate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



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    Malia @ One2One Network says:

    So glad you enjoyed the book! Thanks for your review!

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