The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag
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The prose is colorful, abounding in simile and metaphor. The research topics included lend gravitas and plausibility.
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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.
 

About Menna van Praag

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MENNA VAN PRAAG is a freelance writer, journalist, and Oxford graduate. She is the author of Men, Money and Chocolate. She lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband and son.
 
Published April 4, 2013 by Penguin Books. 319 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Rhetta Akamatsu on May 06 2013

It is really hard to imagine a better-written first novel than this one. It would make a lovely gift for any woman who loves magical fantasy.

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Above average
Reviewed by Ted on Apr 04 2013

The prose is colorful, abounding in simile and metaphor. The research topics included lend gravitas and plausibility.

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