Book Review: The House at the End of Hope Street

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

When the lovely folks at FSB Associates offered up this title for review, I was intrigued by the fact it takes place in Cambridge (England) where my maternal grandparents lived and where I spent many summers!

Alba is lost and distraught when her academic career comes to a screeching halt, and finds herself drawn to a house she's never noticed before - the house on Hope Street. She is told she can stay - but only for 99 nights - while she gets herself together.

Soon enough Alba discovers the house is inhabited by the ghosts of such literary luminaries as Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Parker, as well as some who are closer to her own life. Slowly, Alba meets her other roommates, figures out her direction in life, bridges some gaps and gets herself together.

Though I thought the twist of romance was telegraphed a bit too clearly, this was an enjoyable enough novel, with lots of room for imagination and delight at the thought of just such a house around the corner from my grandparents' flat! :-)

This is a book for a certain reader, and may not appeal to everyone. Considering it was blurbed by some of my favored authors (Erica Bauermeister), Marisa de los Santos) and was compared to Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen, I was disappointed that I wasn't more drawn into the story and the characters, but I found it enjoyable enough! Recommended for fans of women's fiction, or those who like a bit of magic tossed into their reads!

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