June 10, 2011

Here, Home, Hope

Recently, I received a digital copy of the novel Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda from the One2One network. Here, Home, Hope is set in the fictional town of Grandville and focuses on the midlife crises and eventual reinvention of a woman named Kelly. According to the novel's media release:

"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."

 The author has additionally brought social media into the mix by making a YouTube video trailer for the novel seen here:

Overall, I thought this book had many great attributes, the pros and cons are as follows:

  • The novel is incredibly relevant. The reader is drawn into the novel by the upbeat and comedic tone of the writing. 
  • The writing is fast paced and the entire novel reads very quickly.
  • The main character of Kelly is humorous and her struggles with life choices are relatable. 
  •  The author's writing style is still being developed. The sentence structure of many parts of the novel are awkward and need to be further refined in future books.
  • The editing is somewhat lax. I have noticed this across the board with many recent chick-lit novels, where the voice of the author takes precedence over quality editing. 
For more information on the author or novel you can visit:
Disclaimer: I participated in this campaign as a member of One2One Network and am eligible for a prize drawing.  All opinions stated in the post are my own.

    1 comment:

    1. That sounds like a book I might really enjoy. Thanks for sharing! I'll have to check it out.

      Many Blessings,


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