Jun 072011
Here, Home, HopeIn Here, Home, Hope Kaira Rouda explores motherhood, and the life of a married woman, when she wakes up and discovers that she has lost herself somewhere along the way between motherhood and marriage. 
When you are busy taking care of everyone else, it is easy to forget to take care of yourself. As a stay-at-home mother of two boys, as a wife and a homemaker in an affluent community Kelly Johnson had been so busy taking care of everyone else that she has lost a sense of who she was, what she wanted with her life, and what to do with herself.
As her two boys goes off to summer camp, Kelly finally has some time to think about what she wants, and who she is, and she realizes that she needs someone to talk to. Kelly starts seeing a counselor, and she discover that she has been depressed.
Although Kelly’s sons are off to camp, it does not leave her with much time to take care of herself. Before she knows it, she is entangled in a drama between her friends, and soon she finds herself, taking care of her friends, their children, working and starting her own business all at the same time.
As a stay-at-home mother of three boys I can definitely relate to Kelly in Here, Home, Hope, and I think that Rouda has done a phenomenal job at describing the emotions that mothers – whether they are working out of the home, working from home or are full-time homemakers – go through as their children grow up.
Rouda has touched upon the subject of mothers-in-crisis, or women’s midlife crisis, a subject not often discussed in great length, but a topic that is often on a woman’s mind. It is not easy for a mother to admit that she is becoming unraveled, but Rouda shows how it is possible to realize that you are lost in motherhood and marriage without dissolving everything that the woman has worked so hard for.

Here, Home, Hope, is also a sincere account of how everyone tries to cover up their problems, until they end up exploding in front of everyone around them. Rouda digs into the secrets, lies and cover-ups of the oh so wonderful suburbia life, and she does so with an honesty that is both revealing and admirable.

This is an exciting read that almost all women can relate to, whether they are working moms, work-at-home moms or stay-at-home moms. Here, Home, Hope brings women hope for the future, self assurance and courage to be true to who they are. Rouda also encourages women to embrace the changes in their lives instead of fearing them, and she shows women how to use this time of self-questioning as a stepping stone into a different stage in life.
Author: Kaira Rouda
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group (May 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160832091X
ISBN-13: 978-1608320912
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I received a complimentary copy of Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda from One 2 One Network for the purpose of writing a book review. All opinions stated in this review are my own, and they have not been influenced by anything other than my experience with Here, Home, Hope. Versions of this review may have been posted on other websites or in printed publications.

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