Once again, everything isn't what it seems in the suburb of Grandville. ALL THE DIFFERENCE is the story of three women whose lives become entangled by the choices they make and how, ultimately, one of them turns to murder to achieve her goals.
Roommates Laura and Angie couldn't be more different. Laura is a local celebrity, the television anchor who is motivated to move out of small-time media markets and on to the big time, no matter the cost. Meanwhile, Angie, a luckless waitress, spends her time waiting for Mr. Right to save her from temporary jobs and a life spent making bad choices.
On the other side of town, Ellen abandons her life as a successful fundraiser for that of an isolated housewife in the country estate she shares with her husband, whose affairs become increasingly hard to ignore. When the city’s gossip columnist, Maddie, and restaurant reviewer, Dixon, become involved in the story, the unlikely duo stir up more than they intended.
With her signature mix of compassion and wit, Kaira Rouda once again takes readers on an entertaining journey into the heart of women’s lives in suburbia, this time with a dose of suspense.
What choices would you make if you knew you may
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
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?
"Kaira Rouda has created relatable characters you'll care deeply about.
Emotionally gripping and heart-achingly beautiful, In the Mirror will
make you think about what's truly important." ~ Tracey Garvis Graves, New
York Times bestselling author
“Balancing sadness and humor, the retrospective tone of this novel is both
therapeutic and affecting. In the Mirror is an emotion-packed novel
about a mother facing terminal cancer. It is a nostalgic tribute to the things
that really matter: family and friends.” ~ Foreword
"Rouda writes with a fluent, psychologically subtle realism that cuts
Jennifer’s pathos (and occasional self-pity) with humor and irony, and she
surrounds her with characters—doting dad; vain, shallow mom; mensch of a gay
business partner; sarcastic gal pals—who are sharply etched and entertaining.
Jennifer is a winning heroine, and readers will undoubtedly root for her as she
reaches for a more mature, if achingly uncertain, future. An absorbing story of
a woman grasping at life in the midst of death. ~ Kirkus Reviews
Told from the points of view of both the parents and the kids, The Goodbye Year explores high school peer pressure, what it’s like for young people to face the unknown of life after high school, and how a transition that should be the beginning of a couple’s second act together—empty nesting—might possibly be the end.
"Often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, always engaging. I devoured it!" ~ Meg Mitchell, author of The Admissions
Three mothers. Three sons. One day that connects them. Kaira Rouda tackles the big issues of life and death with candor and hope in this tribute to motherhood. A tragic event reawakens each woman to her own special gifts, and her love for family and friends is reborn. Three mothers. Three sons. Six lives that will be changed forever.
"As I opened the door and stepped into the humid night, her scream followed me out. But I knew there was still love for me in her heart…
Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he's the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That's why he's planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he's promised today will be the best day ever.
But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really? How much do they trust each other? Is Paul the person he seems to be? And what are his secret plans for their weekend at the cottage?
Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.