About the book:
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.
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 bestselling authors Jasper Fforde, Lev Grossman, and especially Sarah Addison Allen.
Menna van Praag, author of The House at the End of Hope Street, is a freelance writer, journalist and Oxford graduate. She is also the author of Men, Money and Chocolate, an international success, already translated into twenty-six languages. She lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband and son.
This is my first time to read a book from Author, Menna van Praag. The House at the end of Hope Street is an interesting read to say the least.
Alba Ashby just experienced the "Worst Event of Her Life," and finds herself drawn to a house she has Never seen before. Alba feels strongly there is something very different about this house! She is welcomed by the caretaker, and is given an opportunity that totally intrigues Alba..."You can stay here for ninety-nine nights & then you must go... No rent & no bills. Your room is yours, to do with it as you please, but know this...You take care of the house and it'll take care of you." And so begins Alba's journey.
As I said, The House at the End of Hope Street is interesting. Alba drove me crazy at times but overall I still liked her and enjoyed watching her journey unfold with each page turned. So many intriguing women "live" in the house and I really enjoyed most of them and looked forward to who we might meet next as the story went on.
Sometimes you just have to step out of your comfort zone and do something different. I did that in reading "The House at the end of Hope Street." How was it outside of my "Normal" subject matter? I can say I did enjoy reading Van Praag and am glad I stepped outside of my norm. I give "The House at the End of Hope Street" 3 ♥ ♥ ♥'s
Thank you FSB Associates for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review.