Title: In the Mirror
Author: Kaira Rouda
Publisher: Real You Publishing Group
Genre: Women’s Fiction
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?
I have to say that in some ways this was one of the saddest stories I have ever read but in other ways, it was uplifting in that it confirmed that love is a powerful thing and even when you do dumb things, if that love is good and genuine, things will come back to nest, right where it belongs.
Jennifer does get cancer and it's just seems so unfair with her having 2 small children and in some ways she is in denial in the beginning thinking things couldn't possibly go wrong now, not with all of the things going on in her life.
She does finally have to go to a cancer facility named Shady Valley and she meets a lot of wonderful people and even though she knows she shouldn't, she gets attached to one person in particular who doesn't really have a chance to survive. He is just there I think to ease the pain and to have people around him.
Jennifer doesn't take this so well and maybe that is why she makes a very stupid and almost fatal decision when someone from her past emerges and goes about settling himself into her routine. This man named Alex is up to no good and if Jennifer had been in her right mind, she would have seen right pass the ugliness that is in Alex's heart and mind.
What happens next will shape the way Jennifer finally ends up dealing with her illness and her family and friends. It's a great story to read but I will tell you up front that it really is sad and it always is when children are involved but it also shows you how a broken woman makes her way back to the right place in the right time, just when she needs it the most.
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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.
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