In the Mirror

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In the Mirror

In the Mirror If you knew you may die soon what choices would you make Jennifer Benson has it all a successful career a perfect husband two kids and abundant friendships The only problem is she may be dying In t

  • Title: In the Mirror
  • Author: Kaira Rouda
  • ISBN: 978098495163
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Paperback
  • If you knew you may die soon, what choices would you make Jennifer Benson has it all a successful career, a perfect husband, two kids and abundant friendships The only problem is she may be dying In the Mirror is the realistic love story about a woman facing a deadly illness, and her loves past and present It s a story that unfolds with a delightful blend of humor andIf you knew you may die soon, what choices would you make Jennifer Benson has it all a successful career, a perfect husband, two kids and abundant friendships The only problem is she may be dying In the Mirror is the realistic love story about a woman facing a deadly illness, and her loves past and present It s a story that unfolds with a delightful blend of humor and poignancy, ringing true in the heart of anyone who has ignored a warning of her own.

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    1. Judy Collins on said:

      Kaira Rouda does a superior job with an emotionally charged subject, handling it with delicacy and sensitivity. A beautifully written novel of one woman's loves; both past and present. Would highly recommend IN THE MIRROR to those families experiencing cancer, or other illnesses, as would be able to relate to the treatments, struggles, turmoil, and emotions. When you look at the front cover of IN THE MIRROR, you see a woman looking in her rear view mirror, which hints the character would be look [...]

    2. Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess on said:

      5 Words: Cancer, hope, shocking, emotional, why?I don't know if I will ever be in the right frame of mine to read a "cancer book" as there's just something which is so heart-breaking right from the start. I think it's because the characters are just all quite wonderful. Jennifer Benson in In The Mirror was no exception, and I loved her.Jennifer was such a strong character all of the way through the book, even when it didn't seem that way on the surface. Sure, she could be a little selfish and sp [...]

    3. Amy Robinson on said:

      I hated this book. I hated the main character.I kept thinking "Is it ME? Did I miss like, 30 pages where it was outlined where I was supposed to LIKE HER?" (lets be honest. We all know Cancer Patients who handle themselves with grace and dignity. Not this woman)(borderline spoiler) I suppose she passed away in the end? I didn't even care. I hope Henry takes up with the Nurse and they live happily ever after. This book was the equivalent of a really bad 1993 Lifetime moviee REAL Cheesy ones where [...]

    4. Marga on said:

      "We're all going to die sometime. Some of us just gets unlucky sooner."Hmm. This was a good read but there are some parts that kind of dragged and I found it hard to get into the story at first.Jennifer has cancer. Okay, I don't remember what kind of cancer it was but she had it after giving birth to her second child. She was confined in a hospital and is frequently visited by her loved ones. One day, she then came up with an idea to have a "going-away" party and she invited everyone who had bec [...]

    5. Cindy on said:

      When I requested this book from NetGalley, I thought it sounded good but I was also a bit afraid that it would be dark and depressing. But it wasn't at all. Yes, it is packed full of emotions, some sad, some happy and they all will tear at your heart strings.I found this story to be one that stays with you, meaning that it will make you think. You will put yourself in the main characters position and wonder what you would do and how you would accept the fact that you might or might not beat canc [...]

    6. Tamara on said:

      The first half of the book; three, three and a half starsThe second half of the book; two starsOverall; two stars because THE SECOND HALF WAS TOO DAMN FRUSTRATING!!!So guys, apparently having cancer and feeling lonely totally justifies cheatingMeet Jennifer. She has cancer. Her journey through cancer, her feelings, her worries, her self-pitying moments made the first half amazing. She had the perfect marriage and the husband but ever since the cancer she feels like all the passion her husband fe [...]

    7. Maxine (Booklover Catlady) on said:

      I received a copy of this book thanks to the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, my thanks for the opportunity.In the Mirror is a special story about a special lady, literally fighting for her life against the unfair ravages of cancer.Jennifer Benson has it all: a successful career, a perfect husband, two kids and abundant friendships. The only problem is she may be dying. Diagnosed with cancer, she enters an experimental treatment facility to tackle her death sentence the [...]

    8. Connie on said:

      So here we have a book about a young woman with cancer. There's no secret that this is a book designed to tug on your heart strings. And it does exactly that. Despite that, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was well written. The main character does some really questionable things. She makes some unwise decisions, almost to the point of being over the top. As a reader, I was starting to question what was going on. The author reins it all in and handles it beautifully. A layman in the story [...]

    9. Kristie on said:

      I DNF this book at 47%. I received it as a book for review through NetGalley and really thought I would love it. But, instead of reading a book about a woman dying of cancer and her relationships, so far it has been a book about a woman in a hospital dying of cancer and having an attraction to every man in the book. There is her husband, who still loves her, though they are going through a tough time. It is hard for him to have his wife in the hospital and two small children at home, yet he is n [...]

    10. Sojourner on said:

      In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda is a passionately stirring, emotional story of a young mother with an uncertain future as she is diagnosed with cancer. Jennifer Benson is not just a mother, she is also a wife, sister, daughter and dear friend to many. As she struggle through the pain of cancer and the dreadful prospect of dying an early death, she finds enough courage and purpose to cheer the people around her.The sudden reappearance of her first love jolted her, but it becomes a springboard to lov [...]

    11. Mrs Mommy Booknerd on said:

      4.5 stars When a writer chooses to write about a heavy subject they have to do so beautifully, with honesty, knowledge and sincerity. Rouda was able to capture the characters struggle with the disease and all the horrors, questions. emotions and epiphanies that come with it. In the Mirror was an emotional read that will pull on heart strings. So much so that I had to set it a side a few times, which is sometimes goodwhen the writer can grab you like that make you really feel the character and th [...]

    12. Nancy Brady on said:

      Full disclosure: I received this book as a Shelf Awareness giveaway from the author.4.5 stars actually--this is a novel of a woman dying of breast cancer, but she decides to celebrate her life with a party. Jennifer is looking back at her relatively short life, but wants to connect with friends and family. Her best friend Ralph, also dying of cancer, spend their days together at Shady Green of the fake-wood floor, and bolster each other. Her first love returns, and Jennifer makes decisions that [...]

    13. Sally Huss on said:

      In the Mirror is an emotionally charged story about a young mom facing the nightmare of serious illness. It is a novel of love, and family, and the importance of friends and family. Balancing sadness and humor, In theMirror is an absorbing story of trying to live life when facing the possibility of death. This is an uplifting story that I believe anyone can relate to and can find meaning from.

    14. Carly West on said:

      I've got to be honest this book pulled on too many personal emotional strings. It was hard to read but not in the sense that you would think. It was fantastically written.It poses all those questions Why me? Why now? Why why why???I laughed, I cried out of happiness, sadness, relief, and desperation. I would recommend to anyone because it's beautiful, brutally, and honestly written. Five stars just isn't enough.

    15. Laurie Carlson on said:

      My Take:5+++ Amazing Stars!What would you do if you knew you were going to die?This truly is a beautiful book from start to finish, and will make a perfect Book Club choice! It is chock-full of topics to discuss, and even now after I am done reading this book, I keep thinking about it. This is one book you will not soon forget, and is one of my favorites for 2014.Given what this book is about, it is still amazing! This author immediately engages us with the characters, their lives, their thought [...]

    16. Darlene on said:

      In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda is an emotional and moving novel. It makes you question yourself as to what you would with your life if you found out that you were going to die soon. What choices would you make? Would you risk the life you have now to follow a different path?Jennifer has it all. She has a great husband, a son, and a baby daughter. However hovering over all of that is the devastating diagnosis of cancer. With no other options Jennifer is staying at an experimental treatment facility [...]

    17. Diane on said:

      What would you do if you knew your death date: would you live your life differently even if you already had the perfect life?That is the crux of In the Mirror, a story revolving around Jennifer Benson, whose life is nearly perfect until she receives a diagnosis of deadly cancer and a prognosis that indicates she may be dying rather than living.As she examines the relationships and choices that make up her world, Jennifer is forced to consider what she would do differently in the time remaining t [...]

    18. Lillian on said:

      In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda tore my heart to pieces! This story follows Jennifer Benson, a daughter, wife, mother who at the age of 34 is dying of an aggressive form of breast cancer. It begins with Jennifer meeting with her terminal friend Ralph who lives with her at Shady Valley (a hospice center). They are discussing, rather morbidly, her need for a party. This party is like a funeral before death. Jennifer wants to meet with the people who meant something to her before she dies and give the [...]

    19. Kim Ambler on said:

      In the Mirror is a powerfully gripping story about a young wife and mother battling cancer. I must confess, I spent the first part of this story thinking it was a work of non-fiction (which it is not). So this may have impacted my overall read. Right off the bat, I became very emotionally invested in the main character and her story. However, since this story was so well written and engaging, I probably would have been just as engrossed had I known it was a fictional story.The emotions and strug [...]

    20. Laurel-Rain on said:

      Jennifer Wells Benson is spending her last months of life in a treatment facility called Shady Valley. She has been through almost every cancer treatment available, plus some clinical trials…and while nobody is saying there is no hope, she is planning a big get-together to celebrate her life.And she is looking back on the life she had. Like in a rear-view mirror.At home are her beloved family, including her husband Henry, her three-year-old son Hank, and 18-month-old Hannah, who was just an in [...]

    21. Alaina Crosby on said:

      Just to preface, since the synopsis could come off this way, if you’re looking for something akin to Nicholas Sparks or some fun, but poignant Chick Lit, this isn’t exactly what you’re looking for. Of course, if you’re not afraid of a reality or aren’t triggered by cancer, death, manipulation, or abuse, then definitely stick around! I just had to add in that exclamation point to lighten up that otherwise possibly wary sentence because it really is an enjoyable book. While it deals with [...]

    22. Alba on said:

      Originally posted on: addictivechicklitAfter reading the blurb of this book I knew this was obviously not a happy story. Dealing with cancer is one of the hardest thing a person can suffer, especially if your chances of surviving are almost non existant. And this book narrates Jennifer's story beautifully. It is a raw and cruel reality but it is what it is. From the beginning you understand what Jennifer and her family and friends are suffering.The fact that she has two small children makes it e [...]

    23. Jennie Shaw on said:

      I had high hopes for In The Mirror, but I’m sorry to say that it didn’t deliver. The part of the synopsis that piqued my interest was the “realistic love story,” in the midst of a terminal illness but, in my opinion, that isn’t what In The Mirror is about. It’s not a love story; it’s a story about Jennifer and how she’s coping with potentially dying from cancer. Now, I guess I should say that I’m a bit biased because I have a severe chronic illness, which has given me ample tim [...]

    24. Heather - on said:

      In The Mirror by Kaira RoudaKindle Version 216 PagesApproved for Review by Netgalley and Real You Publishing Group for a honest review.I am honored to be able to read In The Mirror by Kaira Rouda a Lot of this blog is thanks to Kaira's first fictional book Here Home Hope. I must say this is a book is one to pull at your heart strings. I was touched by so many characters within the storyline hook, line, and sinker. Jennifer Benson was the Thirty something have it all girl, great husband, kids, bo [...]

    25. Marlene on said:

      If you knew your days were limited, how would you spend them? Would you spend more time with family and friends? Go on the trip you always dreamed of? Do something crazy and unexpected like get your first tattoo? Or would you go about your life as usual?Jennifer Benson has resigned to the fact that her cancer is going to prematurely end her life. At 34, the thought of people seeing her for the last time at her funeral isn’t the way she wants to be remembered; so she’s planning a party to cel [...]

    26. Samantha March on said:

      I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.When I first read this synopsis, I got a little leery of the book. I thought it was going to be a total downer, a book that I sobbed the whole way through, and that’s not always fun. I am happy to report though that the story really wasn’t like that. Sure we’re following a terminally ill woman, but the book’s intention isn’t to make you sad and wail like a baby, it’s to make you think. Think about the choices you have ma [...]

    27. PaulaPhillips on said:

      Jennifer had it all - a loving family, two beautiful children and her own business until she started feeling ill after her second child and it was discovered that she had Cancer. I personally wasn't sure how I would find this book as it seems everywhere you look there is a new Cancer based book out but I have been enjoying the TV show Chasing Life and in a way In the Mirror reminded me of that rather than The Fault in our Stars by John Green or Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor. The story takes pl [...]

    28. Oma on said:

      Jennifer Benson, a young wife and mother of two is dying. She is in Shady Valley, receiving intensive therapy in an attempt to save her life. She feels cut off from her family and friends even though they visit regularly. She is treated as someone who is dying. A fellow patient, Ralph, becomes her friend and sounding board.Her former boyfriend, Alex, comes to visit and treats her as though she is well. He makes her feel attractive, like a woman and not a cancer patient. Jennifer is faced with a [...]

    29. Marisa on said:

      I was quickly drawn into the story and into the lives of the characters. They were all very well written and believable – so believable in fact that at first I thoroughly disliked husband who I thought was quite withdrawn from his wife and what she was going through. There was quite a few characters I engaged with the most and who I felt the most sympathy for the heroine and her husband and family are her whole life and I could empathize with her fears that her marriage and family were falling [...]

    30. Jennifer on said:

      I would like to start out by thanking Kaira Rouda for writing In the Mirror. Not every book has to be happy, not every book has to be sad. But when you find a book which causes you to feel those and many other emotions, you hold onto each word in that book and soak each word in.At times I thought I was going to break the highlight function on my kindle from overuse. I found Ms. Rouda's words to be like a dance, slow and heartfelt and then zippy and humorous.The endingoh, where do I go with the e [...]

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