Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review: The House at the End of Hope Street

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

Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 320
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When Alba Ashby, the youngest Ph.D. student at Cambridge University, suffers the Worst Event of Her Life, she finds herself at the door of 11 Hope Street. There, a beautiful older woman named Peggy invites Alba to stay on the house’s unusual conditions: she’ll have ninety-nine nights, and no more, to turn her life around. Once inside, Alba discovers that 11 Hope Street is no ordinary house. Past residents include Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Parker, and Agatha Christie, who all stayed there at hopeless times in their lives and who still hang around—quite literally—in talking portraits on the walls. With their help Alba begins to piece her life back together and embarks on a journey that may save her life.

Kritters Thoughts:  If I only had two words to describe this book it would be magical and historical.  I am not a huge magical fan, but this book did it in such a way that this cynical reader could enjoy it!  Alba ends up in a house where women have taken refuge in times of need and with a limited stay they are encouraged to spend their time finding their true passion.

The house talks and although I am not a magical reader, the fact that they were historical figures, mainly female authors, I totally got into it.  I loved how the authors were giving these women encouragement and advice, I kind of wish I could have stayed there at some point!  There is a sweet twist at the end that really made the book for me!  

I would absolutely recommend this book to readers who aren't completely into historical and don't mind a little magic in their reading!  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Penguin.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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