Book Review: The House at the End of Hope Street by: Menna van Praag

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: March 25, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

Filled with a colorful, unforgettable cast of literary figures, The House at the End of Hope Street is a wholly imaginative novel of feminine wisdom and second chances, with just the right dash of magic.

Review: After Alba Ashby is emotionally and professionally devastated, she finds herself standing outside 11 Hope Street. Invited inside by its proprietrix, Peggy Abbot, Alba is welcomed to stay…but there is a catch. A woman may only stay 99 nights during her quest to turn her life around. The house itself has its own special inhabitants, talking portraits on the walls of some of the famous and infamous women who have stayed in the house. Taking the advice of the portraits and strangely appearing notes, Alba tries to piece her life back together. Along with Alba, two other women are currently staying at the house: Greer and Carmen, who have their own paths to take. THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET is creative, magical, and full of feminine wisdom and power. Reminiscent of Sarah Addison Allen and Alice Hoffman’s magical realism, THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET will tug at your heartstrings and invigorate your sense of wonder and optimism. Alba really resonated for me on many levels and I felt emotionally connected to her throughout her journey. Beautifully haunting and well-written with wickedly imaginative characters, THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET will touch your soul.

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