Kelly Mills Johnson becomes restless in her thirty-ninth year. An appetite for more forces her to take stock of her middling middle-American existence and her neighbors’ seemingly perfect lives. Her marriage to a successful attorney has settled into a comfortable routine, and being the mother of two adorable sons has been rewarding. But Kelly’s own passions lie wasted. She eyes with envy the lives of her two best friends, Kathryn and Charlotte, both beautiful, successful businesswomen who seem to have it all. Kelly takes charge of her life, devising a midlife makeover plan.
From page one, Kelly’s witty reflections, self-deprecating humor, and clever tactics in executing that plan—she places Post-it notes all over her house and car—will have readers laughing out loud. The next instant, however, they might rant right along with Kelly as her commitment to a sullen, anorexic teenager left on her doorstep tries her patience or as she deflects the boozy advances of a divorced neighbor. Readers will need to keep the tissue box handy, too, as Kelly repairs the damage she inflicted on a high school friend; realizes how deeply her husband, Patrick, understands and loves her; and ultimately grows into a woman empowered by her own blend of home and career.
Here, Home, Hope will surely appeal to readers of chick lit and other women’s fiction titles who are ready to transition into something new in their own life.
Being 39 myself, I can definitely find a friend in Kelly Mills Johnson. I too have started to wonder whether or not I am really doing the right thing with my life. I guess women do go through midlife crisis as well as men do. We just hide it a little better. We tend to push down our feelings and pour ourselves into our families.
This book takes us on the journey of Kelly who has decided that she can no longer push back those feelings. She is ready to try to find out what she wants with her life.
This was truly a wonderfully written book. It definitely encourages readers to open up their lives to more then what is currently in them. I know that I will be reexamining what I find important and what I plan to do with the next 10, 20, or even 30 years of my life.
In fact, Kelly has inspired me to start making a Things to Change list. I know how Bucket lists were all the rage a few years back. Well, this book will have everyone wanting to make Things to Change lists. This is a list of things in your life that you are wanting to change. It could be in regards to your job, your house, your family, your friends, your clothes, your weight, anything that you don’t feel satisfied with. Then slowly work your way through your list to make a more positive change in your life.
I know that my weight is high up on my Things to Change list.
What would you put on yours?
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