Here, Home, Hope is the story of Kelly Johnson, a wife and mother with the perfect home, perfect husband, and perfect children. At 39, she has just been through a breast cancer scare and realized her life was missing something. She finds herself crying for no reason, and seems really unhappy with a life that most people would be thrilled to have.
I had problems relating to Kelly – I’m a firm believer that it’s up to us to make the most out of life, and she seemed to have been given more advantages than most to do just that. As the book progresses, she works towards improving her life and at the very end of the book she finally realizes that she’s the one who has the ultimate control over her life. Better late than never, I guess!
I love her Things to Change Post-it’s, probably the best part of the book! I was so excited when I saw them listed at the end of the book – I’ll definitely be picking up some of the ones that were suited to me! However, there were so many other parts of the book that just seemed unrealistic to me. Her super-successful lawyer husband is constantly leaving work to help her out – who is able to do that in real life? Additionally, I found all of the conversations in the book extremely forced.
The overall plot of Here, Home, Hope is good, and there are a lot of really interesting characters. Mel was my favorite, and one of the more developed characters. She’s the troubled teenager of one of Kelly’s friends, who comes to live with Kelly for a while when her Mom leaves town to work on her own issues.
**I received a copy of this book from One2One Network to review.**