Aug 202014


Title: In the Mirror
Author: Kaira Rouda
Publisher: Real You Publishing Group
Pages: 214
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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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?


This book was an emotional read for me because I lost my mother and oldest sister to cancer. Even if I hadn’t had that conection, the book would still be very emotional. Especially since Jennifer is so young and a mother. That being said, it was also full of happiness and love.

The characters go through a wide range of emotions. They are happy, sad, emotional, scared, loving and there is the usual family fueds and even a betrayal that ultimately turned into something good.

This was the first book I’ve tried by this author, but I now want to read her other books. She wrote about a very tough subject with compassion and lots of care. It shows the different emotions that everyone has when someone you love has cancer and shows how the person diagnosed wants to be seen.

The characters and situations were believable and made me want to keep reading to see how things would end. But, the ending was left to the readers imagination, which I know some people will like more than others. I usually like things neatly wrapped up, but in this case I liked deciding how I wanted the book to end. It let me have control over what happened to Jennifer, and I don’t have to read that it ended different than I’d like.


About The Author
58aa823cd7530ad8976f34.L._V168615618_SX200_Kaira Rouda is an award-winning and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. Her books include: Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women EntrepreneursHere, Home, HopeAll 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.

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  One Response to “Review: In The Mirror by Kaira Rouda”

  1. What a wonderful review! The book sounds very touching, Vicki. I am sorry about your losses. I lost my mother to cancer a few years ago–it was dreadful. I have some of this author’s work, and need to read it, as I mentioned to you recently.

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