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Here, Home, Hope

Greenleaf. May 2011. c.328p. ISBN 9781608320912. pap. $15. F
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Kelly Johnson is no longer fulfilled by her charmed suburban life with an exquisite home, two wonderful boys, and a perfect husband. All around her, families are falling apart: the next-door neighbors just got divorced, best friend Kathryn's teenage daughter, Melanie, is battling anorexia, and old friend Charlotte needs help with her burgeoning real estate business. While her boys are at summer camp, Kelly shifts her life into overdrive, taking in the sullen Melanie and preparing one of Charlotte's homes for showings. It turns out that Kelly has a gift for interior decorating, and she soon decides to launch her own business. Kelly helps her friends and neighbors get back on their feet while simultaneously finding a cure for her midlife blasé.
VERDICT This fiction debut often feels like a how-to book on starting a small business—not surprising, as the author is an entrepreneur and real estate expert, who here highlights women's entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurs and women wishing to become small business owners may find this novel interesting.

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