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In the Mirror [Kindle Edition]

Kaira Rouda
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Book Description

What choices would you make if you knew you may die soon?

From the multi award-winning, best-selling author of four books, including Here, Home, Hope, a gripping and heart wrenching novel about a young mother who has it all. The only problem is she may be dying.

In her previous works including All the Difference, Rouda's characters "sparkle with humor and heart," and the stories are "told with honest insight and humor" (Booklist). "Inspirational and engaging" (ForeWord), these are the novels you'll turn to for strong female characters and an "engaging read" (Kirkus).

In the Mirror is the story of Jennifer Benson, a woman who seems to have it all. Diagnosed with cancer, she enters an experimental treatment facility to tackle her disease the same way she tackled her life - head on. But while she's busy fighting for a cure, running her business, planning a party, staying connected with her kids, and trying to keep her sanity, she ignores her own intuition and warnings from others and reignites an old relationship best left behind.

If you knew you might die, what choices would you make? How would it affect your marriage? How would you live each day? And how would you say no to the one who got away?

"Kaira Rouda has created relatable characters you'll care deeply about. Emotionally gripping and heart-achingly beautiful, In the Mirror will make you think about what's truly important."
~ Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author

“Balancing sadness and humor, the retrospective tone of this novel is both therapeutic and affecting. In the Mirror is an emotion-packed novel about a mother facing terminal cancer. It is a nostalgic tribute to the things that really matter: family and friends.”
~ Foreword

"Rouda writes with a fluent, psychologically subtle realism that cuts Jennifer’s pathos (and occasional self-pity) with humor and irony, and she surrounds her with characters—doting dad; vain, shallow mom; mensch of a gay business partner; sarcastic gal pals—who are sharply etched and entertaining. Jennifer is a winning heroine, and readers will undoubtedly root for her as she reaches for a more mature, if achingly uncertain, future. An absorbing story of a woman grasping at life in the midst of death.
~ Kirkus Reviews

"Jennifer's journey through cancer and her struggle to love her husband in the face of the return of her first love is something to cheer and rejoice in. A moving and uplifting novel about family and the struggles we all face to live every minute to the fullest."
~ Anita Huges, author of Monarch Beach

"I was completely absorbed by In the Mirror. This is a moving story from the unique perspective of a seriously ill patient who is a wife, sister, daughter and friend, examining all of those relationships with honesty and humor. This story will stay with you because of the questions it asks and the answers it offers."
~ Lian Dolan, bestselling author of Helen of Pasadena

(beach reads, summer reading, contemporary romance, love, family relationships, women's fiction, religious & inspirational)

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About the Author

Kaira Rouda is an award-winning entrepreneur and author. She lives in Southern California with her husband and four children 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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1514 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984915141
  • Publisher: Real You Publishing Group (April 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,050 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Written Must Read Novel May 5, 2014
A special thank you to Real You Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Kaira Rouda did a superior job with an emotionally charged subject, handling it with delicacy and sensitivity.

A novel of a woman's loves, both past and present. Would highly recommend IN THE MIRROR to those families experiencing cancer, or other illnesses, as would be able to relate to the treatments, struggles, turmoil, and emotions.

When you look at the front cover of IN THE MIRROR, you see a woman looking in her rear view mirror, which hints the character would be looking back. The cover is very fitting for Jennifer's look at her past life, as she approaches the ending of her present and future life.

While reading, IN THE MIRROR, my mom, 82, very fit and young-looking, was undergoing her first chemo treatment (mixture of eight pills a day, and chemo drip every two weeks), for colon and secondary liver cancer. While I was reading about this young mother and her daily struggles with cancer, and Ralph the other strong character, I was thinking how insightful and therapeutic to learn what is actually going on inside the cancer's victim's mind.

Jennifer is a young wife and mother, dying with an aggressive form of breast cancer. While in Shady Valley (hospice center) she is receiving therapy to help make her life as comfortable as possible, and develops a close strong friendship with another patient, Ralph. I loved their relationship as so endearing-- as they face their illness with a strong bond with intense mixture of love, pain, hurt, sarcasm, and humor.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story May 6, 2014
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In The Mirror by Kaira Rouda was a beautiful book. This book made me laugh and cry. I loved Jennifer and Ralph's special relationship, they made each other laugh, pulled each other up when they felt down and gave each other strength to fight their cancer. I enjoyed the twist of the old ex Alex, and the awakening of her relationship with her husband Henry. I am hoping there will be a sequel to this !
I would recommend this book highly to anyone
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL STORY OF LIFE, DEATH & FAMILY! May 3, 2014
In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda is a passionately stirring, emotional story of a young mother with an uncertain future as she is diagnosed with cancer. Jennifer Benson is not just a mother, she is also a wife, sister, daughter and dear friend to many. As she struggle through the pain of cancer and the dreadful prospect of dying an early death, she finds enough courage and purpose to cheer the people around her.

The sudden reappearance of her first love jolted her, but it becomes a springboard to love her husband as she never did before. Jennifer prioritizes her life with the more important things in life fully aware each and every step she takes could be her last. What is strikingly loveable about Jennifer is the zeal with which she touches those around her. Instead of being a burden to others, she infuses life and laughter into the lives of others.

In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda is a delightfully touching novel about love, family, and friends. It is a novel that shows how one can balance sadness with humor, sickness with laughter and death with life. It is a fascinating story, one that truly absorbs the reader. It is as uplifting as it is tragic. It is a story that everyone can relate to, and a novel that everyone must read as living today means facing death tomorrow.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars emotional May 6, 2014
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When a writer chooses to write about a heavy subject they have to do so beautifully, with honesty, knowledge and sincerity. Rouda was able to capture the characters struggle with the disease and all the horrors, questions. emotions and epiphanies that come with it. In the Mirror was an emotional read that will pull on heart strings. So much so that I had to set it a side a few times, which is sometimes good...when the writer can grab you like make you really feel the character and their struggle. I am still a bit off balance from this read and am still living in the story. Great writing, by a fantastic author who really gets what it is to write a story worth reading! 4.5 stars
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda May 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
In The Mirror is full of emotion as a young wife and mother, Jennifer, struggles with cancer and her treatments. I was drawn into the story immediately. Jennifer's friendships are incredible as they support her through it all. I especially loved the friendship she made with Ralph, another patient. Her old boyfriend's reappearance brought up the thought of what would have happened if I had a second chance with an old love. We all have a past that we wonder about. But, would we ever be brave enough to take the chance to see how it could be if we had a second chance? When I was finished reading the book, I wanted more.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I've Read In A While May 3, 2014
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If you knew your days were limited, how would you spend them? Would you spend more time with family and friends? Go on the trip you always dreamed of? Do something crazy and unexpected like get your first tattoo? Or would you go about your life as usual?

Jennifer Benson has resigned to the fact that her cancer is going to prematurely end her life. At 34, the thought of people seeing her for the last time at her funeral isn’t the way she wants to be remembered; so she’s planning a party to celebrate her life. But when her ex-boyfriend, Alex, comes to town he makes it known that his feelings for Jennifer are still strong. With the disconnect she has been feeling with her husband and dealing with a terminal illness, the attention that Alex gives her is not only welcome, but something she starts to look forward to. But when Alex shows a different side of him, one that Jennifer has never seen, she realizes the mistake she made getting close to him again. She fears she may have gone too far and potentially jeopardized her marriage.

In The Mirror is a powerful book about life, love and forgiveness. The way the author addressed such sensitive topics as illness and infidelity was done in such a flawless way. This book will make you laugh, cry, and reevaluate what’s truly important in life. I absolutely recommend this book and am keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking...
In the Mirror is one of those novels which is truly incredible and will stay with you for days after you've turned the last pages. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bookaholic Holly
3.0 out of 5 stars Ending
I did not like the way the story ended. What happened to Jennifer?Did the new med work or did she pass? The ending left you hanging.
Published 3 months ago by Mary Ann Schmidt
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Although I certainly do sympathize with Jen, I dont like the way the story was written. It was way too flowery and goody goody. Should have been more down to ear.
Published 4 months ago by cam smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and honest.
This book explores life with a terminal illness. The protagonists have depth and are realistic. The story engages the reader's interest from the first page to the last. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Prindaville
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
One of the most emotional books I've ever read. Yes, it brought tears to my eyes several times and even made me cry a time or two, but it was so beautifully written. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Brantley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really good read. Hard to put down. Realistic, sad, emotional roller coaster with an ending that works well for the reader.
Published 5 months ago by Corbette Russell
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Let me start by saying this - Cancer sucks. I've worked with cancer patients for 6 years. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shannon Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review
I really thought I'd reviewed this one. I loved it. I was absolutely hooked even though it made me so sad. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can peace and acceptance be found as relationships are affected by...
Book had some trite scenes and dialogue. Glad the end wasn't too predictable. Best part of story was relationship between Jenn and her best friend in the cancer clinic, also... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robin H.
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I don't remember why but I erased it but I had trouble getting into the book and interesting in it
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More About the Author

Kaira Rouda is an Amazon #1 bestselling, multiple award-winning author of three women's fiction novels including HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR. Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER'S DAY. Kaira's work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader's Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines.

Don't miss her sexy contemporary romance series 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 novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series.

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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