Here, Home, Hope

Here, Home, Hope

by Kaira Rouda

Jessica Hickam: Kaira Rouda’s Here, Home, Hope is the story of thirty-nine year old Kelly Johnson who realizes – despite her seemingly perfect life – she wants to take charge of her life and pursue her passions, which have become forgotten in the midst of raising two children.

As a twenty-two year old recent college grad, I was sure I wouldn’t be able to relate to this novel when I first picked it up. (I know they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but this cover caught my eye and wouldn’t let go!) And while, I am not at the stage in my life where I have a solid foundation/career/direction in life to reinvent, I was wrong about my initial reaction to this novel. We all have dreams we want to pursue. All women search for the balance between career and family whether you’re just out of college or close to retirement. These ideas are at the core of Here, Home, Hope. I ended the novel feeling ready to conquer the world.

Not only is this novel an amazing motivational aide, it’s also a hilarious, thought-provoking story. Kelly’s voice and thoughts are so real, she feels like someone you actually know and are friends with. There were several instances where I wanted to read a page out loud to someone just to share the humor that Rouda embeds. I have now passed the novel on to my mother who is having the same reaction – calling me on the phone to share memorable quotes and scenes. She’s planning on passing it along to one of her friends when she’s finished as well.

This book is the perfect summer companion! 5+
Rating: *****

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