Sunday, March 24, 2013

The House at the end of Hope Street by: Menna Van Praag

Title: The House at the end of Hope Street
Author: Menna Van Praag
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Pages: 280
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: FSB Media Request

Description:

A magical novel about an enchanted house that offers refuge to women in their time of need

Knocked off-kilter by the Worst Event of Her Life, Alba Ashby finds herself in front of a house in Cambridge, England, that she's never seen before. There, a beautiful older woman invites her to stay on the house's usual conditions -- she'll have ninety-nine nights, and no more, to turn her life around. With nothing left to lose, Alba takes a chance and moves in.

She soon discovers that 11 Hope Street is no ordinary house. Past residents have included Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Parker, who have hung around to help newcomers -- literally, in talking portraits on the wall. Here Alba begins a journey that will heal her wounds -- and maybe even save her life.

My Thoughts: 

This book starts out with Alba Ashby's life falling apart and she winds up outside of Hope Street and inquires about the House on Hope Street where she meets a woman who explains the rules to her and shows her to her room.  The next day she meets two other residents and learns about various people who lived there like Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Parker.

This book was full of all sorts of things three women trying to move on in life and the mysteries within the house, how the house puts in the rooms what the character wants or needs whether they say it or think it.

This was a great story full of all sorts of hope and courage that people don't always think they have when life falls apart on them.  A great job the author did with this story!


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