Review and Giveaway: The House At The End of Hope Street

Title: The House at the End of Hope Street
Author: Menna Van Praag
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 25, 2014
Paperback, 320 pages
ISBN: 978-0-14-312494-8
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My thoughts:
I knew when I picked up this book I was going to like it. What I didn't realize was how much I was going to love it. Menna Van Praag, author of Men, Money and Chocolate: What More Could There Be To Life, has written a delightful novel about women who are on the verge of giving up and offering them a second chance. 

This story centers around four women: Alba, Carmen, Greer, and Peggy. They're all from different walks of life. Summoned to 11 Hope Street by a house. A magical house. The house gives you what you need not what you want. It's been the home to many famous women and has inspired, encouraged, and loved them along their way. 

"No rent, no bills. Your room will be your own, to do with as you like." She smiles, and Alba can almost hear the old women's papery skin crinkle. "But take care of the house, and it'll take care of you."

The House at the End of Hope Street is a book I'll want to read again and again. You'll recognize many of the famous patrons, and for those you don't the author has included a guide at the end. I loved the women. I loved their stories. I didn't want this book end. I do know that I will be reading more by this author. This is definitely a book to add to your TBR pile.

My rating:

Thanks to Viking I have a copy of this book to give away to a lucky reader. This giveaway is open to US addresses only. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. 

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  1. I read a review of this yesterday, has me intrigued. A magical house to destress, I just have to take care of it, I want in, lol

  2. I have read so many different genres that I do not know if I can say a certain one inspired me the most. So many authors can inspire in many ways. This looks like a very good book and one I will put on my TBR list. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!!

    1. I know what you mean, Judy. This is a tough question to answer. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. not sure if they have


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