March 24, 2013

The House at the End of Hope Street

cover image of The House at the End of Hope Street
Menna van Praag

Distraught that her career has stalled, Alba Ashby 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 woman named Peggy invites her to stay, on one condition: she has 99 nights to turn her life around. Once she moves in, Alba discovers that the house is enchanted. Famous previous visitors--including Florence Nightingale and Virginia Woolf--dispense advice from their portraits on the wall. As she escapes into this new world, Alba begins a journey that will heal her wounds--and maybe save her life. An utterly charming debut.