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What Our Members Are Saying About Here, Home, Hope

It’s not often you come across a book that is one part fun, chick-lit, one part soul searching drama and one part self-help book. Kaira Rouda’s debut novel, Here, Home, Hope is  just that.

Our 39-year old protagonist is Kelly Mills Johnson, a stay-at-mom of two sons and wife to successful attorney, Patrick. Her life is fairly normal and drama free, if you don’t count that cancer scare last December. Kelly knows she’s healthy but that glance at impending mortality has had a greater affect on her than she guessed. It’s summer now, the boys are at camp, Patrick is busy at work and Kelly finds herself in the dentist’s office because she keeps grinding her teeth. She’s determined to figure out what’s causing it and so sets forth on a journey of self discovery that ends up including reconnecting with friends, starting a business and daily being thankful for the blessings in her life.

We were very excited to hear what our members thought about his novel! Here’s a look at what some of them have said:

Jennifer of For Such A Time As This – “I cannot tell you how much I relate to the main character of the book. In fact, that was me just a few short months ago, when I felt like everything in my life was falling apart and I was going nowhere. … The humor and the realness of her story will really hit home with a lot of women, especially the ones whose children are almost grown and they are at that “now what do I do” stage.”

Michelle of Heartfelt Balance Handmade Life – “I could relate to this book on so many levels! After all, I did turn 40 last year. And I’m a stay at home mom who sometimes wonders if this is all life is supposed to be. Or is there something more that I’m supposed to be doing?

Hannah of Living Life Hannah Style – “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.”

Beth of Life in the BAT Cave – “We see each of these friends face some of their own demons and a bond that is created among these women that is strong, positive and powerful. … In a society where I feel we are always compared to the neighbor next door and we as women tend to tear each other down more than we build each other up, it was wonderful to see these characters evolve and build themselves and each other up.”

Norma of Wakela Runen’s World – “This was truly a wonderfully written book. It definitely encourages readers to open up their lives to more then what is currently in them. I know that I will be reexamining what I find important and what I plan to do with the next 10, 20, or even 30 years of my life. … [it] inspired me to start making a Things to Change list. I know how Bucket lists were all the rage a few years back. Well, this book will have everyone wanting to make Things to Change lists.”

Joie of NetWorking Witches – “This is a great book for moms in a rut and need a little mental clearing of house. I think it put my ideas back into perspective.”

Stephanie of Beauty Brite – “When I first started reading Here, Home, Hope, I thought I couldn’t really relate to Kelly because she is in a different age bracket than me and going through different things than I am experiencing.  I decided to give this book a chance and keep reading.  I found this book to be inspiring, feel good, empowering book!  As I kept reading, I didn’t want to put it down.”

Here, Home, Hope is available in stores and online. You can follow Kaira on Twitter or catch up with her on Facebook. To learn a little more about Kaira, her writing and other pursuits, you can read our interview with her as well!

1 Comment

  1. I really enjoyed the way the many facets of the main character was brought to light. You got to know Kelly as a woman, a wife, a mother and a friend as well as a spiritual being.

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