- File Size: 581 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984915109
- Publisher: Real You Publishing Group (March 19, 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
- ASIN: B007MOY8ZA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Genre: Chick-Lit
From the bestselling author of HERE, HOME, HOPE, comes a novel of suspense and choices, with a nod to the best of Susan Isaacs’s tales of suburban murder.
Once again, everything isn’t what it seems in the wonderful suburb of Grandville. ALL THE DIFFERENCE is the story of three women whose lives become entangled by the choices they make and how, ultimately, one of them turns to murder to achieve her goals.
Roommates Laura and Angie couldn’t be more different. Laura is a local celebrity, the television anchor who is motivated to move out of small-time media markets and on to the big time, no matter the cost. Meanwhile, Angie, a luckless waitress, spends her time waiting for Mr. Right to save her from temporary jobs and a life spent making bad choices.
On the other side of town, Ellen abandons her life as a successful fundraiser for that of an isolated housewife in the country estate she shares with her husband, whose affairs become increasingly hard to ignore. When the city’s gossip columnist, Maddie, and restaurant reviewer, Dixon, become involved in the mystery, the unlikely duo stir up more than they intended. But will anyone be able to stop the next murder?
With her signature compassion and wit, Kaira Rouda once again takes readers on an entertaining journey into the heart of women’s lives in suburbia – this time with adultry and murder in the mix.
Having read Kaira Rouda’s first book, “Here, Home, Hope”, I expected to read a similar chick-lit book. Oh, but this is not a regular “feel good” chick-lit kind of book!! It has mystery, murder, and is a bit dark with sinister undertones. Now, before you decide to hold off on reading this book and not finish this review, think Desperate Housewives meets Alfred Hitchcock.
It has quirky characters that are flawed, those who will kill for love (possibly literally), and those who don’t care how they will rise to the top in status and comfort…so long as they do! I was drawn into this storyline immediately and I couldn’t put the book down for the first half of the book. After that, my ADD kicked in, and I wanted to know “who did it?”. However, Kaira must know that I am like that!
Just when I think I have it figured out and am ready to stop reading, she throws in another character, another storyline, and sprinkles some mischief and humor so that I just “have to” hold on for the ride. Don’t be too quick to judge this book by it’s cover. It’s not a sweet little sugary book filled with romance…it’s chick-lit stretched beyond it’s limits. I liked this book and encourage you to add this to your TBR list!
*This book was provided as part of the CLP Book Tour, in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
Kaira Rouda is an award-winning entrepreneur and author. She lives in Southern California with her husband and four children and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook or KairaRouda.com. Rouda has won numerous awards for her writing including: Winner, Indie Excellence Award for Women’s Fiction; Winner, USA Book Awards for Women’s Fiction; and Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest International Book Awards for Mainstream Fiction. In addition to her fiction writing, Rouda is the author of the best-selling and award-winning business book REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs.
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Some Quotes I Like:
“And I cracked a tooth because I am too busy being restless in my subconscious- ‘chewing things over’, as Dr. Bane put it.” (p.2)
“Ever since I opened that seemingly innocuous letter on December 15 last year, I’ve been torn between trying to be happy in the moment and focusing on my future. ” (p.5)
“Between making sure the kids and Patrick are happy and that I’m there for them, putting on my supermom cape whenever necessary, I haven’t really been available to my friends. I guess I’m lucky to still have them. (p. 33)
“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.” (p.113)
“And I’ll be sure not to mention the fact that while you’re over here your daughter is next door at my house, trying to recover from a serious medical and physical illness that I have had to learn far too much about, yet you seem to be oblivious to; that and what your lack of care and self-centeredness are doing to her and to your wife.” (p.141)
“Some of us just never learned to give love, just take…” (p.194)
Here, Home, Hope is set in a fictional place named Grandville, where everyone knows your name and the grass is always greener in your own yard. Kaira brings her readers to this beautiful town and shows that despite success, beauty, and family, appearances are never as they seem.
After receiving news from her mammogram, Kelly evaluates her life and what she wants to change. Armed with post-its and a pen, she begins placing notes to herself as reminders of T2C (things to change). While her children are away at summer camp and her husband is working as a successful attorney, Kelly decides she is ready to embark on a new career.
Charlotte and Kathryn, with “perfect lives, perfect marriages, perfect careers”, soon let Kelly know what really happens behind the doors of beautiful homes. Kelly is thrown in the mix of helping her friend’s anorexic daughter, dealing with her own mid-life crisis, being referee to her best friends as they deal with the fall-outs of their marriages, and balancing a new business that has quickly erupted into a mega success.
This is a very fun and light read. I could relate with Kelly’s character and felt that I was alongside her the whole time. It was refreshing to read a book that empowers women and shows that not all mid-life crisis’ have to result in an affair to “find oneself”. Rather, a mid-life crisis can bring people closer together and be a catalyst to positive change.
What I loved: the empowerment of women, friendships strengthened, the writing style
What I did not like: seemed at times to be a little “too good to be true”….however, it is set in the perfect world of Grandville
Style of Writing: 4/5
Pace of Story: 5/5
Character Development: 4/5
Christian Perspective: 0/5
Spiritual Connection: 0/5
Emotional Connection: 4/5