The House at the End of Hope Street

The House at the End of Hope Street

A Novel

Book - 2013
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A magical debut about an enchanted house that offers refuge to women in their time of need

Distraught that her academic career has stalled, Alba is walking through her hometown of Cambridge, England, when she finds herself in front of a house she's never seen before, 11 Hope Street. A beautiful older woman named Peggy greets her and invites her to stay, on the house's usual conditions: she has ninety-nine nights to turn her life around. With nothing left to lose, Alba takes a chance and moves in.

She soon discovers that this is no ordinary house. Past residents have included Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Parker, who, after receiving the assistance they needed, hung around to help newcomers--literally, in talking portraits on the wall. As she escapes into this new world, Alba begins a journey that will heal her wounds--and maybe even save her life.

Filled with a colorful and unforgettable cast of literary figures, The House at the End of Hope Street is a charming, whimsical novel of hope and feminine wisdom that is sure to appeal to fans of Jasper Fforde and especially Sarah Addison Allen.
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9780670784639
067078463X
Characteristics: 280, [13] pages ;,22 cm

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No_Stalkers4Me
Aug 21, 2015

I *LOVED* this book. Harry Potter for adult women :-)

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Rubicat
Mar 31, 2015

pretty enjoyable. some surprises, but the ending was so neatly tied up with a bow that I was disappointed. all in all, it was a fun read

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Librarylover_1
Dec 01, 2014

I really lovedthis book! There was fantasy and it was really magical.

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JudithE
Sep 20, 2014

A charming fairy tale, mildly feminist. I liked it.

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katejay42
Aug 10, 2014

I was very disappointed with this book. None of the characters grabbed me and made me care about them. The plot was OK, whimsical but not developed enough for me.

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beachcat2
Jun 26, 2014

A delightful read- especially liked that she saw peoples' speech in colours...

ontherideau May 12, 2014

What would the house put in YOUR room?

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GLNovak
Apr 05, 2014

This is a lovely, sweet book all about love of all kinds, and about realizing what life means and what one should do with it. Alba is totally beaten down and discovers the House and the end of Hope Street (a big hint there), and the story ensues. Mystical, whimsical things happen. Photographs talk, the house makes old house sounds, the spirits of past lives watch over the current inhabitants. All ends very well but it is a nice comforting ride to that ending. A quick easy read with just a bit of thought-provocation to keep you thinking. A feel-good read.

LaughingOne Sep 08, 2013

Count me among those who thoroughly enjoyed this novel novel. At many times throughout my life I could have used a magical house that dropped hints on me (literally) with sound advice to help improve my life. I especially enjoyed that Alba saw in colours as I do that too. Some of the take-away messages I read were "Trust yourself" and "Find your passion and go for it" -- great messages!

annms725 Jul 19, 2013

Whimsical and magical are good words to describe this book. And, so imaginative! I didn't want it to end!

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deedee123
Jun 28, 2014

deedee123 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14

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