Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Book Review: Here, Home, Hope
Here, Home, Hope is a good, mindless beach read. I hate to label it chick lit, but probably more "beach book"; one that gets left behind at the rental property.
I really wanted to like this book. The setting is close to my home town. I loved identifying with popular places, restaurants and stores. And for that reason, I found it fun.
Unfortunately, the book is best characterized as being trite. I really didn't like and couldn't identify or sympathize with any of the characters. I felt that the author attempted to hit on a lot of controversial topics (eating disorders, rape, underage drinking, midlife crisis, infidelity, divorce, suburban pettiness, to name a few) without really delving into any one of them deeply enough. Everything was dealt with in a very superficial fashion. Ultimately, all ends well and is wrapped up with a bow at the end. All of it. Ugh!
The author is a very accomplished person in her own right. It appears as if "write a novel" was on her bucket list. Done.
I received this novel as a PDF version of an advanced readers copy through my involvement with One2One Network. I received no compensation for this review and all opinions expressed are completely my own.