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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143124943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143124948
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*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 the Hardcover edition.

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"Beguiling and bright, van Praag’s . . . novel delights with deft writing and charming characters."
Kirkus

"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.”
Library Journal

“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

More About the Author

Menna van Praag was born in Cambridge, England and studied Modern History at Oxford University. Her first novella - an autobiographical tale about a waitress who aspires to be a writer - Men, Money & Chocolate has been translated into 26 languages. Her first work of literary fiction, The House at the End of Hope Street, was inspired by an idea the author had to set up a house for female artists to give them a year to fulfil their artistic ambitions. Her next novel, The Little Dress Shop of Dreams, is set on the magical street of All Saints Passage where a scientist falls in love with a mysterious man who has a magical voice. All van Praag's novels, excepting Happier Than She's Ever Been, are set among the colleges, cafes and bookshops of Cambridge, England.

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The author writes brilliant prose and develops the characters and their stories beautifully.
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Menna van Praag has a wonderful imagination and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
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The story line was very interesting and it was hard too put this book down, enjoyed the ending very much!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Andy Schneeflock on April 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"The House at the End of Hope Street" is one of my favorite books ever! The author, Menna van Praag, weaves beautifully written prose, deep characters and brilliant, engrossing plots into a story I did not want to (or could not) put down. My wife had read the book before me and told me as much, so I grabbed her copy and began to read. Some nights when I'd come home from work I'd gently ask, "Do you need me to do anything, because once I start reading, once I go into the world of 'Hope Street' I don't want to come out." And whenever I'd hit certain plot points or when a mystery was revealed, I'd yell into the next room to her, "HOLY CRAP! I CAN'T BELIEVE-"!

This book got me excited and truly invested. "The House at the End of Hope Street" is a magical house that houses a woman in her most desperate time. We follow three new residents to the house and we learn that they are not the first to ever reside there, nor will they be the last.

If you like magic, you'll like this. If you like drama, you'll like this. If you like mysteries, you'll like this. If you like love, you'll like this. If you like all four of those things you'll LOVE this book!

I hope this book is the first in a series of many. I would read any book by Menna van Praag. I would read any story about "The House at the End of Hope Street". I want more. What came before this book and what came after? I'd read them all! But until then I've got this one to read again!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tash Last on August 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What an absolutely delightful read! If you enjoy heartfelt and uplifting literature with a generous sprinkling of magic on the side, then The House at the End of Hope Street is for you.

The story revolves around an enchanted house that appears to women who have lost all hope. Using magic and subtle hints, the house nudges these women back on the right path, usually towards greatness. Some of its previous inhabitants include Mother Theresa, Vivien Leigh and Agatha Christie just to name a few.

The main protagonist is Alba; a young, brilliant Cambridge student who stumbles on the house after her life is turned upside down. There are already two other women residing there at the time. Carmen is a voluptuous waitress who recently ran away from Portugal; and Greer, an aging actress with a passion for fashion.

I really don't want to give too much of the plot away, because it is completely wonderful to discover all the twists and turns for yourself. There are delicious mysteries to be solved and eccentric characters to fall in love with. The entire novel is peppered with literary references, and for a bookworm this is very exciting.

Even if you are not usually a fan of fantasy fiction (like me), suspend your disbelief for a moment and believe in magic. It is worth it. The book really does leave you feeling hopeful.

Menna van Praag has a wonderful imagination and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Annina E. Berger on September 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The House at the End of Hope Street is a truly rare book: At the same time full of magic and down to earth wisdom, a women's book that does NOT serve the gender war and its stereotypes, incredibly well constructed and a joy to read.
My wish. a House on Hope Street for every woman and every man.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cori on September 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I went to a book signing where the author read the first chapter of Hope Street. After that reading I was so excited to get my hands on it! I throughly enjoyed the magic and fantasy of the book. It was inspiring to see these characters heal, learn and grow before going off to lead successful careers. Also, there are some great plot twists to look forward too!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PattyLouise VINE VOICE on April 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The House At The End Of Hope Street
By
Menna Van Praag

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Alba finds a house of red bricks...her life is a MESS...the house is magical...and she gets to stay there for 99 days because that's how long the house will give her to feel all better again!

My thoughts after reading this book...

Well...first of all I love Peg, Mog...the cat...invisible cat...and her thick cups of creamy cocoa!
Then...I loved every word of this precious book. I think I would call this book a magical adult fantasy because it truly is filled with delightful magic.

Alba isn't the only troubled soul who finds this house...at the time of this story there were two other residents...Carmen and Greer...also lost...also troubled...also at various times in their 99 day time allowance.

In this book everyone has a story...everyone needs to find their way...and the house is there to help. Also...all the famous women whose pictures are on the walls all over the house...are there to help. Oh...Peggy and Mog are there to help, too!

I will give you one little example of the magic...Greer loves clothes so her room is filled with amazing ones...Alba loves books so her room is filled with the books the house thinks she should read. And the people in the photos...talk to each other and the houseguests and offer tidbits of advice and wisdom, too!

What I loved about this book...

I loved everything. I loved this writer's incredible imagination. It was like reading a Harry Potter for grown ups. Simply said it is a truly lovely book!

What I did not love about this book...

I hated that other than a few names...
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