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In the Mirror by [Rouda, Kaira]
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"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." 

"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."
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"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 Hughes, 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

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: 1061 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Real You Publishing Group (April 15, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Judith D. Collins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
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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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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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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"In the Mirror" by Kaira Rouda tore my heart to pieces! This story follows Jennifer Benson, a daughter, wife, mother who at the age of 34 is dying of an aggressive form of breast cancer. It begins with Jennifer meeting with her terminal friend Ralph who lives with her at Shady Valley (a hospice center). They are discussing, rather morbidly, her need for a party. This party is like a funeral before death. Jennifer wants to meet with the people who meant something to her before she dies and give them a true memory of her, instead of them seeing her in a casket.

The characters of this story are wonderfully written. Jennifer is the main character and the story is told from her POV. I was amazed at the depth the author went into when describing everything that Jennifer goes through. She took us through the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). And just like in real life, these stages don't necessarily come in order and the author showed that really well. Her husband Henry is just amazingly heartbreaking! At the beginning of the story we see a detached husband who is struggling to keep his family together and at the end he's back to being the husband Jennifer remembers who kisses her just because.

The plot of this story is really quite simple. It's a reflection of Jennifer's life and how she is coping with her diagnosis of death. She chooses to focus on her good memories instead of the bad ones when remembering her past which leads to a little trouble with her ex Alex (nothing she and Henry can't handle). There were a few moments were I couldn't help but chuckle (gallows humor and the beginning of each chapter started with a drug warning label) It's truly a heart-wrenching story as Jennifer asks the questions no one wants to ask.
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I have enjoyed watching Rouda's development as a writer, and this book is ambitious and very interesting. Dealing with the "what ifs" of life, the book brings together Jennifer, a cancer patient; her husband and family; her women friends; her fellow cancer fighter and, to some degree, his wife--and the first love of Jennifer's life, Alex. Even though Rouda scattered plenty of breadcrumbs, I was still shocked and surprised at the twist when Alex re-entered the picture. Rouda has created a well-crafted book with realistic characters and dialogue that works. I'm not going to get into spoilers here, so I'll just say prepare for some fascinating plot points! I recommend this book for its portrayal of what it's like to be the one who is ill and also the ones who carry the load of worry and caretaking for one they love.
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