Apr 25, 2014

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

Welcome to Hope Street, where literary ghosts give advice to the living, hot chocolate contains magical properties and hope is something you can hold in your hands.
Discover a mysterious house where women come to hide their secrets, heal their broken hearts and risk everything to change their lives forever…
“A magical book about an enchanted house and the notable women who inhabit it, both living and dead. Richly atmospheric, literary, and textured, The House casts an enthralling spell, giving both characters and readers not only what they most want, but what they ultimately need.”

I borrowed the summary from Menna van Praag's website. When Alba doesn't know where to go after something horrible has happened to her she finds herself on the doorstep of a house in Hope Street. Peggy, the current keeper of the house is letting her in and she can stay for ninety-nine nights. A lot of famous women have stayed at the house before her and the house has helped most of them to get back on their feet again. Two other women are staying in the house as well, Carmen is on the run and Greer needs a different career. Slowly the author reveals the characters of the women and what has made them come to the house.
The House at the End of Hope Street is such an enchanting book. I loved the magic of the house and the main characters are all really likeable. I wanted to learn their secrets, but I also didn't want to read too fast to make this book last longer. I liked it so much! It reads like a classic, but it's very accessible. The story drew me in and I wanted to see that house, I would have loved to get to know the main characters in person and I think magic like should actually exist. This is one of the best books I've read this year and I'm very sure I'm going to reread it over and over again.

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