Monday, August 19, 2013

The House at the End of Hope Street

~ I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author to facilitate this review.  I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon): A magical debut about an enchanted house that offers refuge to women in their time of need.

Distraught that her academic career has stalled, Alba is walking through her hometown of Cambridge, England, when she finds herself in front of a house she’s never seen before, 11 Hope Street. A beautiful older woman named Peggy greets her and invites her to stay, on the house’s usual conditions: she has ninety-nine nights to turn her life around. With nothing left to lose, Alba takes a chance and moves in.

She soon discovers that this is no ordinary house. Past residents have included Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Parker, who, after receiving the assistance they needed, hung around to help newcomers—literally, in talking portraits on the wall. As she escapes into this new world, Alba begins a journey that will heal her wounds—and maybe even save her life.

Filled with a colorful and unforgettable cast of literary figures, The House at the End of Hope Street is a charming, whimsical novel of hope and feminine wisdom that is sure to appeal to fans of Jasper Fforde and especially Sarah Addison Allen

My Review: 

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  An amazing journey of self discovery and self worth is traveled along the side of Alba and historical women.

Favorite Character(s):  I know it should be Alba the main character but it is Stella (one of the House's ghosts).  The relationship she has with Alba is awesome.  I won't spoil it....but when we find out who Stella is....oh, it just made the story for me.

Setting:  I loved the House.  I think it would be so cool if something like that really existed.  The advice from the "women" of the House was so valuable and 

Fast read/slow read:  A good pace of a read.  Not a quick read, but not a slow read, either.

Cover:  It was okay.  It didn't do a lot for me. I like these covers I found better!


What Others Are Saying:  "Sweet, magical, bookish and romantic."
Sarah Addison Allen, bestselling author of The Peach Keeper 

“This fresh, whimsical book is as full of heart as the house at its heart is full of fascinating women. We should all have such friends and such a refuge!”
Marisa de los Santos, bestselling author of Falling Together and Love Walked In

“This exceptional novel enchanted me from the first beautiful page. If only I could stay a spell myself at the house at the end of Hope Street.”
Melissa Senate, bestselling author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes

Meet the Author: Menna van Praag is a freelance writer, journalist, and Oxford graduate. She is the author of Men, Money and Chocolate. She lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband and son.

Connect: You can connect with Menna online at her Blog, on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Purchase it:  You can purchase The House at the End of Hope Street online at Amazon for $25.95 (Kindle version $11.04).

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