marriage and family? Or is who I am
now, with two kids and a home, the real
Kelly? Could I find a peaceful and fulfilling
balance with a great family life and job?”
Here, Home, Hope tells the story of Kelly Johnson: a wife, mother, and budding ‘mompreneur’ on the crux of her 40th birthday. With her sons away at camp, Kelly’s plans include some dreaded dental work, peaceful garden-tending, and the unfortunate but consistent pounds she always managed to pack on each summer. But what she ended up with was vastly different…
It’s rare for me to like a book in which I don’t truly identify with the protagonist. Here, Home, Hope is an exception. I think part of the reason for that is because, while I couldn’t relate to Kelly Johnson’s lifestyle or stage of life, I could (somewhat) relate to her inner-dialogue.
Kelly’s journey of self-discovery is inspiring, but realistic. Her ambition (albeit masked by self-doubt), and desire to change (manifested in little Post-Its around her house), make this novel really powerful. A reader with any sense of self would be thrown into contemplation over a few of the conflicts that Kelly faces.
Here, Hope, Home is not a quiet, dreary, mopey, book though! The drama created by Kelly’s motley crew of friends is crazy and fun enough to balance the sometimes self-help feel of the book. I say that in the most positive of ways; Here, Home, Hope is the best of both worlds. A fast-paced, fun novel that makes you *think*? Awesome.
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