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Here, Home, Hope Paperback – May 1, 2011
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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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Her husband Patrick is her best friend, and he proves to be very supportive as she begins to change her life that summer, while her two sons, David and Sean, are at summer camp.
All around her, life is changing. Her friend Kathryn drops off her anorexic teen daughter Melanie, hoping for the help she herself cannot provide, while she is finding herself in Montana.
Another friend, Charlotte, who is a realtor, persuades Kelly to help stage a home she has on the market…and from that point on, Kelly is swept up into a new business of her own. Staging turns into an exciting venture, even as she is caught up in the chaos of her friends’ marriages.
Here, Home, Hope: Women's Fiction took off slowly for me, but from the moment that Kelly began planning for her home staging career, I was drawn in and very intrigued.
I enjoyed the characters, each of whom felt real to me, from the self-absorbed Charlotte and her new love Bruce, to the sulky teen Melanie, who started to grow on me after a while. Her mother Kathryn was absent for most of the story, but when she reappeared, she seemed like a “new person.” Even the dog Oreo felt like a real “person.” I could definitely picture the annoying Rachel White, whom I dubbed Queen of Negativity…and the suburban community that featured each of the characters and homes. I liked Kelly’s narrative voice, a self-deprecatory tone that slowly changed to a more optimistic one. A fun read, earning 4 stars from me.
This book would definitely fall under the category of family saga and women's fiction rather than Chick Lit.
I nearly cheered at the end of this story. The message is one that women need to read and hear more often: support each other and the choices we each have to make regarding working outside the home full-time, staying at home full-time with our children, or a hybrid model. And let's not forget many women don't even have the option of making that choice.
The idea that there is only one right way to be a mother causes women far too much needless anxiety. Love your children when you're with them. That's the best thing you can do.
The sign of a good book for me is it makes me laugh out loud....mission accomplished.
Come on guys, take a chance and read this book. You will not regret it.
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