Title: In the Mirror
Author: Kaira Rouda
Published: May 2014, Real You Publishing Group
Format: Paperback, 214 pages
What choices would you make if you knew you might die soon?
From the multi award-winning, best-selling author of four books, including Here, Home, Hope, a gripping and heart wrenching novel about a young mother who has it all. The only problem is she may be dying.
In her previous works including All the Difference, Rouda’s characters “sparkle with humor and heart,” and the stories are “told with honest insight and humor” (Booklist). “Inspirational and engaging” (ForeWord), these are the novels you’ll turn to for strong female characters and an “engaging read” (Kirkus).
In the Mirror is the story of Jennifer Benson, a woman who seems to have it all. Diagnosed with cancer, she enters an experimental treatment facility to tackle her disease the same way she tackled her life – head on. But while she’s busy fighting for a cure, running her business, planning a party, staying connected with her kids, and trying to keep her sanity, she ignores her own intuition and warnings from others and reignites an old relationship best left behind.
If you knew you might die, what choices would you make? How would it affect your marriage? How would you live each day? And how would you say no to the one who got away?
My thoughts: After reading/listening to Kaira Rouda's last novel, All the Difference, a few weeks ago, I was feeling a bit blah. I didn't love the protagonist in that book, but liked the overall story enough to finish it to see how it would all play out. After I posted that review, Kaira Rouda contacted me and asked if I wanted to read her newest book, In the Mirror. As luck would have it, I had just signed up to be part of the tour, so I guess it was meant to be. And the best part is that when I received the book, not only was the inside signed, but there was a sticky note on the front from Kaira saying: I hope you like this protagonist!
Well, the verdict is in...I did! I felt that Jennifer was a strong character who was dealt a tough break and did what she had to to survive. She's also human and she does make some rather questionable decisions. But then again, not being in her shoes, who's to say I wouldn't make similar choices.
Despite the heaviness and sad nature of this book, I really did enjoy it. It's a book that brings you through a whole range of emotions and stays with you long after you finish reading it. It also makes you think. What would you do if you knew you were going to die soon? Would you throw a huge party like Jennifer decides to do to see long-lost friends one last time? Would you let an old flame get too close - looking back on that relationship through rose-colored glasses rather than at cold hard facts?
I'm glad I got the chance to read this book. It's certainly not one that I will be forgetting any time soon. I was hooked the moment I started reading the book and just loved the writing. The emotions that Jennifer goes through are raw and real - that is all in the writing and the reason why I keep coming back to this author. Kaira Rouda is certainly one to read!
In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda is on tour with Fiction Addition Book Tours. Be sure to check out the other tour stops to read more reviews and an excerpt or two.
About the author: Kaira Rouda is an award-winning entrepreneur and author of both fiction and nonfiction. Her books include: Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs; Here, Home, Hope; All the Difference; and the short story, A Mother’s Day. She lives in Southern California with her husband and four children and is at work on her next novel.
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The giveaway is for the opportunity to win all signed copies of all three of the authors books, including IN THE MIRROR.