Monday, August 19, 2013

The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna Van Praag

Book Summary(via Goodreads):
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 George Eliot and Beatrix Potter, 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.
This insomniac's opinion:
Bit o' truth here. I picked this novel to read because I liked the cover. I don't even know that I read the blurb before adding it to my TBR list.  Whew! Glad I got that off my chest!
I really enjoyed this novel. It was well-written and the story of Alba unfolded slowly. The novel had elements of magic, which may turn some readers off, but I enjoy a bit of non-reality here and there(reality is overrated!). I loved all of the women living in Hope house and appreciated how different each character was. This was a great, light read for summer!
Worth staying up all night to read?
Rating: 4 stars

1 comment:

  1. I put this on my TBR pile too because of the title and cover. I'm glad you liked it. I can't wait to read it.