Here, Home, Hope - Book Review

Here, Home, Hope is a new novel by Kaira Rouda about Kelly Mills Johnson, a 39-year-old wife and mother stuck in the rut of suburban life. This book revolves around Kelly's self-proclaimed midlife crisis and her transition into an empowered woman.

Right from the beginning I connected with the main character Kelly, as she sits in her dentist chair daydreaming as she gets fitted for a bottom mouth guard to add to the top guard she already uses at night, thanks to her constant teeth grinding. I personally have had to get a bottom bite guard because of my insistent teeth grinding, so I completely understand and felt like I could relate with Kelly from page one. I love her witty descriptions and clever thoughts, like this one: "...I envision myself climbing into bed each evening, top and bottom teeth covered in plastic. Patrick gives up even trying to kiss me good night. I just clack my guards together as a sign of affection like a seal slapping her front flippers."

This book not only made me smile and laugh, but I also connected with Kelly's self-image issues as well as the relationship issues going on with the people around her. Her Things to Change list really made me think about and evaluate my own life. This book is perfect for any woman to read. No matter what you've been through, it's likely that you'll be able to relate to the situations or problems of at least one of the characters in this book. As someone who doesn't have a very long attention span and starts many different books at once, this was one book that I couldn't stop reading and just had to finish. It really is that good!

I also appreciated that Kelly's complete Things to Change list is printed at the end of the book to inspire readers and help us change our own lives, plus there is even a Questions and Topics for Discussion section in the back of the book for book groups. The author, Kaira Rouda, says "I am passionate about empowering women in business specifically, and women in life generally. As a wife to a great husband and the mom of four kids, I know what it's like to try to have it all and, in the end, discover that it's really about having what you want." 

This is a great read and I'll be borrowing this book to my mom, sister, and other women in my life so that it can inspire them and touch their lives as well.You can buy the book HERE!

Disclaimer: I was given this book  free of charge for the purpose of this review sponsored by One2One Network.  All opinions are my own experiences with the product. Individual results may vary. No other compensation was given.


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