Book: ‘Here, Home, Hope’ {Review}

By Tuesday, June 14, 2011 0 Permalink 0

HERE, HOME, HOPE by author Kaira Rouda is the fictional story of a 39 year old woman’s brave journey through a cancer scare and midlife crisis.

Kelly Mills Johnson becomes restless in her thirty-ninth year. An appetite for more forces her to take stock of her ordinary 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 exhausting. Meanwhile, 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.



”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.”
-Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers


Kelly Mills Johnson is married to Patrick, a very successful attorney. Together they live in an upscale class community with their 2 sons and their dog Oreo! Even though she has it all she feels like something is missing in her life. Her midlife crisis hits her when she is at the dentist. From there on she goes on a trip of personal reinvention

But that’s not all the drama in this book!! Oh, no!! Kelly’s two best friends, who seem to have it all, have their own drama in their lives and Kelly ends up stuck in the middle of it all!

I really enjoyed this book!! It took me 5 hours to read (I am getting back into reading, I forgot how good it felt!) from start to end and I loved every part of it! I only wished there were photos of her house! It sounded gorgeous!

The book also talks about anorexia and I learned a few things. I always thought one can make themselves starve, but in reality, anorexia is a subconscious choice. It usually happens in upper class families where the parents are way too buys to attend to their daughters. Anorexia is a silent cry for attention.

There was this one quote that stuck to me: “The more you get to know me, the more imperfect I am” Reading this books is like having my mind read. Kelly thinks just the way I do. We both ramble and have our funny moment! I just wish I can be like her when I grow up!

Oh, and can’t forget…I had a deja vu while reading this book!! Few months back I remember reading a quote but couldn’t remember from which book I read it from and then I found it in Here, Home, Hope: ‘…but he picked a bad time, and a terrible way to do it.‘ Made me read the rest of the book with a huge smile on my face!!

Truly recommend it! Light reading for the summer could get any better than with Here, Home, Hope.


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Disclosure: This was not a paid post. The opinions stated are my own and were in no way influenced by One2One Newtwork who graciously provided me with a copy of the book for me to review.

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