Book Review: Here, Home, Hope

June 25, 2011 book review 4

From Goodreads: Kelly Mills 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.
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.

My Thoughts: I wanted to enjoy this book very much, the author Kaira Rouda befriended me on
Goodreads and I actually asked her for an opportunity to read and review her first novel.  The character of Kelly has a very good life, a loving husband, two sons, and the kind of disposable income that allows her lunches out, and shopping sprees.  She does feel unfulfilled, and a bit lost.  Her actions to correct this start her making notes, post it notes to be exact, of Things to Change or T2C.  Unfortunately the references to these T2C become a bit awkward and over used.  The lives of her best friends are falling apart, and oddly enough there is  much crossing of lives and loves.  I can’t put an exact finger on the timeline of this book, 2 weeks, a month, but in actuality so very much happens that it seems unreal, contrived a bit.  I couldn’t believe so many good and bad things could happen to one group of friends in such a short time. 
I think the writing is on par,her use of current language and technology is appropriate. The concept of empowering women is strong and well done.  The actual dialogue didn’t always ring true for me. 
This book was just ok for me a 2 out of 5 stars.  If this  type of women’s fiction appeals to you, certainly give it a try, Kindle has it available for $2.48. 
The author Kaira Rouda has an amazing entrepreneurial history of her own.  You can read more about her on her website.

4 Responses to “Book Review: Here, Home, Hope”

  1. Beth

    Do you ever not finish a book? If a book doesn’t appeal to me I quickly put it down…to many others out there!

  2. Lisa

    At first I was reading your review like it was about a memoir. You write the best reviews, Anita. Honest and well-rounded. And knowing what you’re looking for makes me think hard about timelines and dialogue as I do the revisions on my work in progress.

  3. Zibilee

    I tend to get annoyed with books that I feel are unrealistic, and imagine that I might have a problem with this one. Thanks for the honest review and for sharing your thoughts on it with us. I imagine that it was hard to write this review with the author being kind of a personal friend, and I applaud your approach.

  4. Anita

    I popped over to the author’s web site. She’s quite a busy woman.

    So many books available by so many authors. Seeing their faces and trying to connect it with their names, increases the chances remembering them.

    Did she respond back to you after reading your review. As Lisa said, you are honest. Just curious as to what she may have said seeing that you gave it only 2 out of 5 stars.

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