Monday, May 20, 2013
The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag
I think this is a lovely and unique book. Having been betrayed by a professor who she had a crush on, Alba, a very intelligent young woman with a type of synesthesia that allows her to see people's emotions coloring their words when they speak (which does make one wonder how she did not see the professor's betrayal), stumbles upon a house on Hope Street that she had never seen before. Drawn to it, she knocks on the door and enters into the magical house which will change her life. The house has hosted a score of famous women at various times in their lives and helped them to overcome their doubts and become the famous women that they were. The photos of these women line the walls of the house and the women can speak to the residents of the house and give them advice. Two other troubled women are staying at the house when Alba is there and the woman who has run the house for many years, Peggy, is having a crisis of her own. With ghosts and magic, family secrets and intrigue, a love of literature and a huge dose of feminism, this book is a page turner and a keeper. I received the book free from Netgalley to review and I highly recommend it!