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I am giving away Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda. This is another book that is getting great reviews this summer. I absolutely LOVE the cover. I am picturing the porch over looking water (the ocean in my mind)! I love hydrangeas so I was so thrilled to see them on the cover. I also love the bare feet! My favorite pictures of my kids are during the summer and bare foot!
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
Rating: Great Read!
Synopsis: 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.From BN.com
My Review: This is a perfect summer read (while, really any time!). It is a very easy read and pulls you in right from the start. I would agree that this is a chick lit book and I love the twists with the characters. The book tackles some very real and very tough issues; divorce, lay off of employment, death of a spouse, adultery, anorexia and mid-life crisis. Amazingly, all these topics are part of the book but does not seem like as you are reading it. The book moves along so easily and the characters are very believable.
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