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THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET
by Menna van Praag

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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Absolutely delightful for those who love magical realism. 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.

Three women find themselves residents of a magical house at the end of Hope Street that they had never noticed before. Upon meeting Peggy, the house’s elderly caretaker, they are given 99 days for the house to help them change their lives and restore their hope. Alba, a young college student, has not had the academic path she imagined, and has never experienced love. Carmen, a foreign singer, has a dark secret that even threatens the house. Greer, an aging actress, has been unlucky in love and yet cannot trust herself to make the right choices. As all four women make discoveries about themselves, the house and its many past residents help them to move toward the future. (VIKING/PAMELA DORMAN, Apr., 304 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Melissa Parcel

Publisher: VIKING/PAMELA DORMAN

Published: April 2013

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