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*Starred Review* The house at the end of Hope Street has served women in their time of need for many generations. Its magical walls have protected them and given them what they needed to heal emotionally and physically, and when Alba finds herself on its doorstep, her future crushed and with nowhere else to go, she receives a warm welcome and the usual 99 days to stay there and get back on her feet. Surrounded by the house’s comforting presence, and with help from such famous past residents as Virginia Woolf and Florence Nightingale, who speak to her from their wall portraits, Alba slowly begins to recover. Her journey of self-discovery is intertwined with those of other women staying at the house, and together their stories weave a beautiful narrative of redemption and hope. Even through the sometimes dark landscape of loss and abuse, van Praag’s writing is bright and hopeful, while rich characters combined with an enchanting blend of the real and the mystical make this tribute to individuality a delightful and engaging read. Fans of Jasper Fforde, Gloria Naylor, or Sarah Addison Allen will especially appreciate this story as a celebration of feminine strength and accomplished women through the ages. --Cortney Ophoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Beguiling and bright, van Praag’s . . . novel delights with deft writing and charming characters."
"Van Praag’s writing is bright and hopeful, while rich characters combined with an enchanting blend of the real and the mystical make this tribute to individuality a delightful and engaging read. Fans of Jasper Fforde, Gloria Naylor, or Sarah Addison Allen will especially appreciate this story as a celebration of feminine strength and accomplished women through the ages."
—Booklist (starred review)
“Van Praag’s fairytale first novel features a house that can change one’s life. . . . Fans of Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen should like.”
“Absolutely delightful . . . . Fans of Sarah Addison Allen will thoroughly enjoy this story from start to finish. Well-drawn fictional characters, sprinkled with famous female characters from the past, combine to tell a tale of life, love, and discovering your deepest desires.”
—RT Book Reviews (top pick, 4.5 stars)
"Sweet, magical, bookish and romantic."
—Sarah Addison Allen, bestselling author of The Peach Keeper
“This fresh, whimsical book is as full of heart as the house at its heart is full of fascinating women. We should all have such friends and such a refuge!”
—Marisa de los Santos, bestselling author of Falling Together and Love Walked In
“Menna van Praag has created 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 at the End of Hope Street casts an enthralling spell, giving both characters and readers not only what they most want, but what they ultimately need.”
—Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places
“An enchanting novel . . . Fans of Sarah Addison Allen will be delighted to discover the house at the end of Hope Street, a magical place where ninety-nine days is just long enough to change a life.”
—Erica Bauermeister, bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients and The Lost Art of Mixing
“I entered The House at the End of Hope Street and was enchanted—literally under the spell—of Menna van Praag's tender, playful, beautiful writing. It fulfills my book lover's dream of an English literary landscape, in the most surprising and magical way.”
—Luanne Rice, bestselling author of The Lemon Orchard
“This exceptional novel enchanted me from the first beautiful page. If only I could stay a spell myself at the house at the end of Hope Street.”
—Melissa Senate, bestselling author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School
“The House at the End of Hope Street is a sunrise of a novel, so fresh and lovely, whimsical and original that it will enchant and surprise even the most jaded of readers.”
—Barbara O’Neal, author of The Garden of Happy Endings
“The story offers a wonderful mix of all-too-real problems in a fantastical setting. And who couldn’t use a Hope Street at some point in her life?”
—Juliette Fay, author of Deep Down True and The Shortest Way Home
This book inspired more than a bit of wishfulness. I kept wishing for a real place like the one described. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Shasta
My only regret is that we didnt get to see what happened next for these characters hopefully she will write another book and include
past characters so we can see how things... Read more
Never before have I read a novel that is brilliantly moving and timelessly insightful. Alba Ashby is the most sympathetic character in modern literature, recalling images of Jo... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Evonne Turner-Byfield
Wonderful story, well developed characters! You will love this authorPublished 1 month ago by Laura W.
This was an interesting way to write a story. I was not drawn in to the extent of not wanting to put it down, but I was invested in the stories of the women. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carolyn M. Hammond
I enjoyed all the references to historical figures and literature. A good read for a well read person.Published 2 months ago by Sue
Truly a fairy tale for adults and a wonderful book to read. This books detours from the normal for sure, but I really enjoyed reading it.Published 2 months ago by Debra K Brown
what can i say, i love this author and have read all of her books that are available on kindle. this is a story that will not disappoint!Published 3 months ago by Mari-Kate