Here, Home, Hope
Author: Kaira Rouda
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: May 1, 2011
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
Synopsis from Amazon:
Kelly 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.
Winner of the 2011 Indie Excellence Award, 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.
About 100 pages in, but I am loving this book so much! From the first page, the character of Kelly Johnson just pulls you in. She feels like a friend, a neighbor, someone any one of us could know and probably do. She could be one of us. This book is funny, but tackles serious issues, too. There is a lot to take in and I am thoroughly engrossed in Kelly’s life right now. Check back soon for a full review – it’s sure to be a winner!