Monday, April 23, 2012

All The Difference

Kaira Rouda
Real You Publishing Group
ISBN: 978-0984915101
Pages: 288
Source: Author for Review, in conjunction with CLP Blog Tours
Rating: Highly Recommended

About the Book:

From the bestselling author of HERE, HOME, HOPE, comes a novel of suspense and choices, with a nod to the best of Susan Isaacs's tales of suburban murder. Once again, everything isn't what it seems in the suburb of Grandville. ALL THE DIFFERENCE is the story of three Grandville 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.

My Review:

Kiara Rouda is back with her second novel, All The Difference; a story that is has a much different tone than her first novel, Here, Home, Hope.  In this novel, Rouda takes the reader on a journey through the lives of three women weaved together through choices they have made and the town of Grandville which they reside in.  Each is connected in ways that don’t necessarily include friendship.  Kiara is an exceptionally talented author.  She was able to weave a story of intrigue, deception and suspense through the lives of women who are going through situations most every woman can understand.  The basis of the novel is so simplistic and human though the novel, overall, is complex and entangled to a much higher extent.  I loved how different this novel was from Here, Home, Hope while remaining true to Kiara’s writing style.  Though I can’t say All the Difference topped my love of Here, Hope, Hope, it did amaze me and solidify my opinion and love of Kiara Rouda.

To say this novel is an everyday piece of women’s fiction would be incorrect and doing the novel a great deal of injustice.  All The Difference is women’s fiction wrapped in suspense and deeply rooted in heartache and betrayal.  When I was reading this book, I found myself extremely engrossed in the story and instantly on alert for possible clues to the reasons why the murder contained within took place.  Fortunately I was held captive and not enlightened until the end because each character has such a deep history within the story.  The characters are well developed, leaving the reader with no questions in regards to who they are, how they feel and what they think.  Though there are multiple characters, I was able to keep them straight, which is impressive in and of itself for the number of characters and the intricately weaved story.  It could have easily been hard to keep track of the characters and their stories, but Kiara writes in a way that enlightens the reader enabling them to absorb the story easily.

If you love women’s fiction with an air of suspense and mystery you’ll love All the Difference.  Kiara’s writing style is beautiful, easy to read and engaging.  If you’re not already a fan, you will be.  I can honestly say you’re missing out if someone mentions the name Kiara Rouda and your thought is “Who?” I cannot wait to get a physical copy of this book to add to my collection.  If nothing else it will add to my beautifully stocked shelves.  I must say Kiara’s books are beautifully done and are very attractive and pleasing to the eye.  I absolutely love both of her covers; they draw your attention and make you wonder what the story holds.  It’s perfect.

You’ll love this book if:

Fan of women’s fiction
Fan of light suspense
Fan of mystery
Fan of romance
Enjoy deeper elements in a storyline
You loved Here, Home, Hope

You might not like it if:

You want a story of fluff
You don’t like the element of wonderment
You prefer to read books where you know exactly what will happen
You enjoy non-fiction exclusively


  1. I love the why you'd like it and why you wouldn't like it summary! That is such a great idea for a review!!! :)
    Shannon Johnson

  2. I HAVE to get this one! While not normally a fan of what people like to call "chick lit", I read and reviewed Here, Home, Hope last year and LOVED it! Thanks for pointing me to her newest title!


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