Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In the Mirror

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 Impressions: 

First thing I noticed about this book was how it felt. It has this rubbery smoothness to it that I think I might be in love with. I keep finding myself rubbing my hands across the book when I am reading it. Weird I know-trust me. I also loved the design of the front cover. Simple, elegant and bewitching. I kept feeling her eyes on me every time I looked at the cover. 

This is such a beautiful story of the redemption of Gods love for us all. His grace in the most horrific of times and His perfect timing to bring us out of our sorrow to start fresh again. Jennifer is strong, bold, humerus, sarcastic and full of life as she embraces death. Yes, she is also selfish, self adsorbed, and harps on all the crap in her life-but hey I am sure I would have moments like this as well if I was facing death. This is a heart gripping story that pulls you in from the first page and does not let go even after you have read the last words. I actually liked the fact that the author did not tie a pretty bow around the end-life is like that. Its messy and leaves us with unanswered questions and emotions and for this book I think that was the perfect ending.

This was just an inspiring novel to read. It makes you grateful for the things you have in your life: family, love, health, etc., but it also forces you to look back and see what changes you need to make before it's too late.It is also a excellent reminder that we need to focus on the person and not the sickness/disease when loved ones we know are faced with uncertainty or death.  Looking forward to reading more by this author.

About the Author:
Kaira Rouda is an award-winning and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. Her books include: Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs; Here, Home, Hope; All the Difference; In the Mirror; 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.

Her latest novel is the women’s fiction, In the Mirror.

Connect with her on Twitter, @KairaRouda, and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books. And of course, on Pinterest! For more about Kaira and her books, please visit her website KairaRouda.com.

Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from Real You Publishing Group via Pump Up Your Books in exchange for my honest review and opinion. 

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