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Here, Home, Hope

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,260 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Kelly 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 ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Greenleaf Book Group
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Luanne Ollivier
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Kaira Rouda is a very successful woman - she is the founder of the Real Living Real Estate brand and the Real You - a road map for success for womenpreneurs. This doesn't even begin to touch on her many, many accomplishments. Here, Home, Hope is the culmination of "her life-long dream to publish a novel."

Kelly Johnson has it all - million dollar home, loving husband, two happy, healthy sons, loving friends and family, but as she's looking at her fortieth birthday, something is missing from
Judy D Collins
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed Kaira Rouda’s newest upcoming release, IN THE MIRROR, (coming May 1, 2014), which I received an advanced reading copy -- (highly recommend-5 Stars); thereby, wanted to read her earlier book, which received rave reviews.

HERE, HOME, HOPE did not disappoint – from the front cover image –making you feel like pulling up a chair, and visiting with this group of women, to experiencing the ups and downs, and visions of more to come. An uplifting and witty debut novel which will keep you
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chic-lit, fiction, women
Here, Home, Hope has been on my list of books to read since it came out! It was a great read, well-paced and entertaining, and I would highly recommend it to women who are looking for stories of empowerment, or inspiration to become entrepreneurs. I have had my own business for 10 years, and became an entrepreneur in my late 20s, and I could identify with a lot of what Kelly, the main character was going through, although this happened much earlier in my life for me, and before children.

Kelly is
Feb 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Oof. The voice is aiming, I think, for breezy and funny. Witty. It lands solidly in the land of 'ditzy contenders for the Worst Parenting Ever awards.' I don't even know where to start.

Kelly's a stay-at-home mother with two boys. She's a little bored with her life, the worst part of which is that (oh, the horror) she gains a few pounds every summer. Her husband has cautioned her to be careful with money, because the economy is bad, but where for me being careful with money means thinking twice b
Reader's Paradise
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
To be happy or live in the moment; that is the question.

Book Cover: the color was crisp and peaceful, it depicts the perfect neighborhood

One of my favorite quotes in the book can be found on page 113, it reads: “It wasn’t Beth’s fault we stopped talking; it was mine. Our whole group ostracized her. We didn’t understand what she was going through, and it was easier to talk about her than to help her.” This quote is inductive of the folks in Grandville.
This book reminds me of the earlier seasons o
Angela Holtz
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You'll have to come to my blog to see my review. ;) on May 4. But in the meantime I will say that it is a great story, wonderful writing and lovely characters.
Here, Home, Hope a novel by Kaira fact this appears to be her first fiction novel. This is a story about 39 year old Kelly, during a summer where she is feeling the ultimate boredom of being a housewife and the lives of her friends enter turmoil around her. She is so stressed that
Elena Aitken
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Here, Home, Hope
was a lovely story about a woman's journey through finding herself. I think it's a story so many can relate to. Both those women who stay home with their kids,and those that are in the work force.

The story moved along at a good pace, was enjoyable and easy to read.

The reason I'm giving this book four stars is because towards the end, everything wrapped up far too neatly. I kept thinking, 'well isn't that convenient? And how perfect."

I don't think in real life, with all the dram
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This review is going to be a bit of a ramble, but that may be appropriate since the book was as well. I realize that I was reading an advanced reader's copy, but it read more like a second or third draft. Kelly is a mother of two teen/tween boys and is in the predicament of trying to 'find her purpose'. She makes an ever-growing, rambling list of Things to Change, or T2C as she puts it. I felt like this could have been a great book if her edi
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I must admit to being a sucker for cheap e-books. I rather suspect a lot of people are, so when I saw Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda for $2.99, I eagerly downloaded the sample to my Kindle so I could see if it was a novel I’d like. I was pretty sure it was one I’d like, if only because of the supremely gorgeous cover. Sure enough, the sample hooked me and I quite happily parted with my money to get myself the rest of the novel. It took me about 5 days to finish the novel, but it resonated with ...more
Tina Peterson
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Here, Home Hope is the debut novel of Kaira Rouda and a thoroughly good read! Kelly Johnson is about turn 40 and finds herself with 2 boys going off to summer camp, weepy and wondering what to do with herself. Her neighbor's wife has left him with the kids and a house without any furniture. Another friend asks her to befriend her anorexic daughter and then takes off for parts unknown after dropping off said daughter at Kelly's.

My thoughts: Here, Home, Hope is a great read. Set in 3 sections, th
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
My Opinion:

Here,Home,Hope by Kaira Rouda encourages you to reevaluate you circumstances and find ways to reinvent your life. I identified with the subjects in the book like when your kids are growing and you find that they don’t need you as much as they did. Or from wanting more time for youself. Kelly the main character and a likable charcter in the book shows how she struggles to start her own home business. How she reconnects with friends and tackles their problems. The book was down to earth
Amy Hatvany
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this debut novel and what a gem it was! I laughed out loud, got teared up, and found myself nodding my head at SO many intervals I can't name them all here.

I loved the heronine, Kelly's vulnerable, smart, perceptive take on her life - and on those around her. She is fallible, yet strong. Optimistic, but honest in her struggles. I could relate to her on so many levels and so will any woman who has found herself at a fork in the road. A fun, totally satisfy
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I got this advanced copy through and I am glad I did. I thought this was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I was kind of sad that it ended!
Paula Tohline Calhoun
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all women
Recommended to Paula Tohline by: Emlyn Chand
I have the privilege of giving those of you who have not read the book, “Here, Home, Hope,” by Kaira Rouda, a sampling of what you will savor should you make the wise decision to read it.

First off, I will make a generalized comment, “I don’t particularly like ‘chick lit.’” There, I’ve said it. As a rule, that has always held true for me, but then I started reading some wonderful, funny, and moving novels by Jennifer Wiener. It was only after I read the first two or so of her books that I noticed
Kathy Heare Watts
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A chick-lit of a thirty-nine-year-old mother's journey.

I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to my local library.
Romancing the Book
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Reviewer: Stephanie
Release Date: May 1st, 2011
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
Page Count: 310
Source: print ARC from BookSparks PR for review

Blurb: Desperate Housewives meets The Middle Place in this absorbing, witty story about one suburban mother's journey from a midlife crisis to reinvention with the help of her husband, friends, and neighbors.

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 an
Julie Smith
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review first appeared on my blog:

FIRST SENTENCE: Here's how I knew something about my life had to change.

Kelly is 39 years old, and for those of us who have been there (or may still be there), her "restless" feeling may be familiar. She's not UNhappy .. she just wants something "more". She left a successful career in PR when she decided to be a stay-at-home mother, and she's been happy with that decision. Her two boys, however, are 12 and 14, and they
CoffeeBook Chick
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Life as a successful lawyer's wife and mother to two adorable sons, Kelly really should feel like she has it all. At this stage in life, these things should be comforting and being a stay-at-home mother should be all she needs. Right?

Unfortunately, Kelly's just starting the initial stages of a mid-life crisis. A recent scare with her first mammogram test, and a general feeling of being unsettled leaves her feeling as though she's within her life, but feeling as though she is missing...something.
Samantha March
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda is a five star worthy read! I was in love with this novel, from the first page and the hilarious dentist office scene, to the last page where I felt I was left with life lessons, and all the scenes in between. The story centers around Kelly Mills Johnson, a suburban wife who has become bored as her fortieth birthday nears. Her husband, a successful and supportive attorney, has a thriving career and love for golf, and her two young sons are active and away at camp ...more
Laura Kay Bolin
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Kelly Johnson has been a devoted wife and mother living in beautiful Grandville, but as her fortieth birthday approaches she is feeling restless. She is married to a successful attorney and has two fantastic boys, but she wonders to herself…what’s next. She looks at her best friends Charlotte and Kathryn who run their own businesses and can’t help feeling she is less than perfect. After finding herself in a dentist chair from grinding her teeth, Kelly decides something has got to change. From th ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
A quick,entertaining read that delves into one woman's search for happiness; her coming-of-age requires honesty, 'work', adjustments and a Things to Change (T2C) list. The emphasis is on the empowerment of women, the importance of nurturing friendships and the need for women to support each others' desires and dreams, whatever they may be.

After a health scare, lingering feelings of dissatisfaction and depression motivate Kelly to re-evaluate her life; something I'm sure we can all relate to. I
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to win an ARC and I couldn't wait until this book came in the mail! I love the writing style in this book and will be on the look out for more from this fantastic author.

I love the concept of a "Things 2 Change" list. In fact, while reading this book, I realized that I have been making changes in my own life to make me a better mother, wife and person. I guess I just need to use post-it notes. ;)

I really enjoyed the friendships and renewal of friendships throughout this book.
Paula  Phillips
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading Kaira's book "In the Mirror" and really enjoying it , I decided when offered the opportunity to read the other books by Kaira Rouda as I discovered that her books fill me with a joy and remind me of the author Rachel Hauck and Sara Evans. In Here, Home, Hope we meet Kelly who is in her last year before the big 4-0 and has discovered her life is filled with restlessness and she knows she has to do something, anything otherwise she is bound to go stark crazy and do something she reg ...more
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kelly Johnson begins to find herself in the dentist’s chair, and from there, her life changes will form. She uses a lot of Post-it notes, placed strategically everywhere in her home and in her car, which she has named Doug.

Her husband Patrick is her best friend, and he proves to be very supportive as she begins to change her life that summer, while her two sons, David and Sean, are at summer camp.

All around her, life is changing. Her friend Kathryn drops off her anorexic teen daughter Melanie, h
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book got off to a slow start for me. I thought (at first) that it sort of smacked of that "Desperate Housewives" TV program, but that feeling soon dissipated and once the story got rolling, I was hooked. Kaira talks about marriage, divorce, affairs, motherhood, mompreneurship, and depression in this book, among other things. The main character, Kelly Johnson, is closing in on her 40th birthday. Although she is living what some would consider a charmed life, she feels dissatisfied. Sound fam ...more
Beth Peninger
May 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
From what I can tell Kaira Rouda is an entrepreneur who decided to give writing novels a shot. One review said that this book, her first fiction one I believe, reads like a second or third draft. I totally agree. While it wasn't horrible, it certainly wasn't polished up enough to be a great final draft. The premise of the book is good but Rouda focuses way too much on the unnecessary details and it drags the book down. Not too mention the actual number of chapters in the book - over 40! Too much ...more
Stacy Eaton
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a book for women, plain and simple. Any woman who has reached a point in her life and has started asking questions about what they have accomplished and where they are going from here will find real joy from this book.

I was able to identify with Ms. Rouda’s Here, Home, Hope very easily as I have had not one, but two mid-life crisis’s. Reading how she takes the lives of close friends, husbands, children and careers on a round-about merry go round was entertaining and enjoyable.

Her writin
Excellent debut novel from Kaira Rouda. Midwestern mom and wife, Kelly Johnson is going through a midlife crisis...or so she thinks...until she gets the opportunity to get out of herself and take care of a friend's daughter. She becomes the glue that holds friends and family together wihtout even relaizing it. Kelly loves to keep lists and her favorite list right now is the T2C - Things to Change. She keeps track of all her items on post-its all over the house; pretty soon her entire wall space ...more
Nov 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I identified somewhat with the main character, Kelly, who was going through an identity /mid-life crisis. I expected that she would spend more time whining and crying or at least being a lot more reflective about it, but she was able to turn herself around pretty quickly through supportive friends and family and her endless Post-Its of self-improvement ideas. Don't get me wrong - I appreciate that Kelly was a go-getter and not a whiner, but I'm giving this 3 stars because the story had too much ...more
Anita Johnson
May 18, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a humorous and inspiring story of Kelly, a stay at home mom who just turned 40 and whose two sons are no longer in need of her constant hovering. She has a wonderful husband, lives in a gorgeous home in a very upscale neighborhood, so -- of course -- she's depressed! Before I started reading, I was leary because I thought it might be another novel about a woman trying to find herself but it is wonderful example of self discovery and re-discovering one's woman friends. Kelly has a true ta ...more
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Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction exploring what goes on behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives. Her next novel, THE NEXT WIFE, is out May 1, 2021.

She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest: @KairaRouda; and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Book

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