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"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." --Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Best Staged Plans

"I loved Kaira Rouda's book. I love its irony and its courage and humor. . . . It's the real thing." --Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author of Still Summer and The Deep End of the Ocean

"Endearingly honest, consistently upbeat, Here, Home, Hope is an inspiring read that left me feeling genuinely hopeful." --Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers, and one of Oprah's Thirty Favorite Women Writers

"Witty and uplifting, Here, Home, Hope is a charming debut that explores the courage it takes to reshape life and how to do it with a dash of panache." --Beth Hoffman, bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

"Relatable and inspiring. A perfect read for anyone experiencing one of life's "what's next?" moments." --Robyn Harding Author, Chronicles of a Midlife Crisis

"If you've ever felt your own life contained a list of Things to Change (and whose hasn't?), then you will fall in love with Kelly Johnson, the restless protagonist of Here, Home, Hope. Kaira Rouda's funny, moving novel is a model of inspiration and reinvention for anyone seeking to find what's next in life." --Katrina Kittle, author of The Blessings of the Animals

"A warm, witty, and engaging debut that had me laughing out loud. Rouda has created a lovable and perceptive heroine who navigates her struggles with honesty and awe-inspiring determination to succeed. A fun and totally satisfying read." --Amy Hatvany, author of Best Kept Secret

"A wonderfully warm read about finding happiness in yourself, Kaira Rouda's debut novel skillfully portrays the triumph of self-belief over society's threatening elements." --Talli Roland, author, The Hating Game

"A must read for anyone who's had their own mid-life crisis, Here, Home, Hope reminds us that it's never too late to reinvent ourselves." --Liz Fenton, author of I'll Have Who She's Having and creator of Chick Lit is not Dead

"Things to Change (T2C): Make more time to read -- starting with Kaira Rouda's Here, Home, Hope a story about how women can have it all if we own it all." --Kelly Meyer, mom, philanthropist and one of O Magazine's Power List

"I found Kaira Rouda's debut novel, Here, Home, Hope, inspiring, empowering and fun to read. You'll want to share it with the women you care about in your life." --Roma Downey, actress/producer

"An engaging read with something to offer every woman... married, single, widowed, or divorced. I couldn't put it down." --Jacklyn Zeman, actress, nurse Bobby on General Hospital

"Delightful, insightful and spot on inspiring! Immensely enjoyable read!!" --Marla Pennington, actress

From the Author

My first novel! This story will always be a part of my heart, and I'm thrilled readers have connected with Kelly and her journey. I'm especially gratified that women have reached out to me, sharing their own Things to Change Lists based on ideas they gleaned reading Here, Home, Hope. Yes, my first nonfiction book was Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs so you'll see a nod to my firm belief that women entrepreneurs rock. But it's also a fun story, filled with lovable characters and hopefully, some insight. And Kelly's dog Oreo? Well, he was based on my beloved dog by the same name.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160832091X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608320912
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,649,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart.

Her contemporary fiction novels include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR. Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER'S DAY.

Her latest modern romance series is set in LAGUNA BEACH: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book 1; LAGUNA HEIGHTS, Book 2; LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3 and LAGUNA SIGHTS, Book 4 (coming in 2016).

Her original romance series is set on INDIGO ISLAND: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE'S BID, Book 4. Each of these can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series.

Kaira's Kindle Worlds novellas include: SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE, THE CELEBRITY DARE and CITY OF LOVE (coming March 2016).

Her nonfiction title, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, continues to inspire women internationally.

She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, @KairaRouda, and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books. For more about Kaira and her books, please visit

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A. Fleming on June 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book couldn't have arrived at a better time for me. I have really been feeling kind of overwhelmed lately as a working mom--sort of feeling lost and in a rut. This book was a breath of fresh air and a great kick off to summer reading for me. As a member of the One2OneNetwork I was fortunate to receive a complimentary review copy of Here, Home, Hope - by Kaira Rouda.

The main character, Kelly Johnson, is a 39 year old stay-at-home-mom and former PR professional who finds herself restless and in a rut. Married to a successful lawyer, mom to 2 teen boys and living in "Uppityville" as she calls it, she starts to feel like there might be more to life...something more she should be, or should be doing. She realizes she envies the seemingly successful perfect lives of her two friends, and makes a decision that she needs to stop feeling sorry for herself and make some major changes in her life. She begins with her "Things To Change" (T2C) List , using Post-it notes to record the changes she feels she needs to make to reach her goals.

Kelly's summer takes her through situations such as reaching out to the troubled anorexic teen daughter of her friend Kathryn, reconnecting with old friends and realizing they aren't so perfect as she copes with their infidelities, and her friends' loss through divorce, job loss and death. All the while she is also on a journey to self discovery and ultimately embarking upon a new career and owning her own business. Sounds like a lot to go through in just one summer, huh?

I really enjoyed this book. I really enjoyed Kelly's character, and how she uses humor to cope and navigate through life. The book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster with Kelly and the people in her life.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Reader's Paradise VINE VOICE on May 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Book Cover: the color was crisp and peaceful, it depicts the perfect neighborhood

One of my favorite quotes in the book can be found on page 113, it reads: "It wasn't Beth's fault we stopped talking; it was mine. Our whole group ostracized her. We didn't understand what she was going through, and it was easier to talk about her than to help her." This quote is inductive of the folks in Grandville and Wisteria Lane (smile).

This book reminds me of the earlier seasons of Desperate Housewives Wisteria Lane, drama, gossip and jealousy. The close knit community, the manicured lawns and the place where everybody knows your business. We hear the cliché all the time about thinking the grass is greener in someone else's backyard. Well Rouda does an excellent job of showing us that some of that green grass is built on septic tanks.

Kelly Mills Johnson begins to wonder how can she live in the moment & live to be happy. As a woman in her forties I can understand how Kelly got comfortable in her life. Sacrificing her own for her two sons and her attorney husband she now looks back and realizes that she has let go of her own passions; and envies the life of her two best friends.

After receiving the results from her mammogram she decides what she wants to change about her life. At the age of 39, she has memory challenges and places post it notes as simple reminders of things to change. Like Kelly I live with post it's at work and in my office at home. This will be the first year while her children are away at camp that Kelly will not gain weight but make a career change; her plan is a midlife makeover.

As we journey with Kelly through this humorous read I was at one time an emotional wreck.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By KC on June 5, 2011
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Kelly the main character in "Here, Home, Hope" is a 39 year old mother to two teenage sons, happily married, and has two best friends. She is your typical suburbia mom and who seems to have the perfect life in her upper class community. Kelly goes through a cancer scare and starts to wonder what she needs to do with her life. She's searching for something and I believe its a phase all women go through. We get to that point where we wonder if everything we do is enough or is there a greater purpose?

Change can be difficult but we all see as does Kelly that change can be a good thing. Kelly shows us a fun way to initiate change, she uses post it notes on a variety of things, for example her home and her car who she named "Doug".

If your looking for a story full of empowerment and inspiration then "Here, Home, Hope" is for you! I believe every woman can relate to Kelly and the things she is going through. This story has even inspired me to make changes in my life, for the better! Whether big changes or small we all need a little change to make our lives healthier and happier for not only ourselves but also for those around us.

*Thanks to the One 2 One Network I was able to review this wonderful book*
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Wood on January 4, 2013
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I choose the book because of its title. The book was an easy read. The author made the characters come alive.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Cavalier on June 5, 2011
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Several months ago I was lucky to get my hands on a pre-published copy of Here, Home, Hope I am a member of one2one network.

I loved it I took the book with me to Florida and I read it within two days. It talks about a busy mom, homemaker and how she deals with life, two good girl friends and her husband! Seems perfect for a mom in her 30s.

I love this book! You should read about it. It isn't boring either, I could hardly put it down, The story is fun and fast-paced, and the message it delivers is incredibly timely. A terrific book to share and discuss with friends!
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