Here, Home, Hope
**Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from One2One Network to facilitate my review and was entered to win more prizes for my post. I was not financially compensated for this review. This honest review is my own!**

Kelly Mills Johnson becomes restless in her thirty-ninth year. An appetite for more forces her to take stock of her ordinary 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 exhausting. Meanwhile, 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.

Being a full-time mommy to 5 I was a bit intimidated by the thought of finding time to read a book. I was also a bit worried that if I did not like the book how would I ever finish it to write the review. Fortunately, the book was such a great read from the very beginning that I did not want to put it down. It was easy to find the time to open the book and continue on the journey because I felt compelled to know more.

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Here, Home, Hope

Here, Home, Hope

Here, Home, Hope is a fiction novel written by author Kaira Rouda depicting the journey of one women’s determination to reinvent herself through midlife crisis. The book is full of wit and humor, as well as intense honesty.

I admit that I was captivated from page one as Kelly Johnson sat in the dentist chair. As I continued to read I was amazed at the parallel lives we were living. No, not everything is exactly the same, but the way she sets out to reinvent herself is exactly where I feel I am. Kelly is able to find a purpose for her everyday life and uses Post-It notes to chart her T2C {things to change} list all over her house and her car. I understand her passion and desire to bring about a new chapter in her life.

With my older two growing up and moving on to public school after 8 years of homeschooling, I feel like I needed to find my passion; hence, the rebirth of this blog. In Here, Home, Hope, Kelly, driven by the desire to find an attachment to something… anything… she finds the perfect job to fulfill that need. Drawn into a circle of disarray by her circle of friends, Kelly is still able to overcome adversity, tragedy, and sorrow to fight her way into a competitive corporate world.  Kelly Johnson gives others such as myself the confidence to know that we can do it!

Kaira Rouda arouses the emotional side of the reader and allows you to feel heartache, anger, sadness, and hope right along with the characters of the novel. The book is funny and full of life-changing advice you can actually take into consideration upon reading. Here, Home, Hope will definitely appeal to other chick lit readers with a desire for change and purpose in their own lives. I know that it truly helped ignite that desire in me!

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 Mrs. Rouda is currently on a book tour and you may be able to meet her at a nearby event.

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