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THIS BOOK IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE UNDER THIS NAME. ITS NEW TITLE IS THE GIRLS ON ROSE HILL AND IT IS AVAILABLE ON KINDLE.


Ellen Murphy spent her childhood in an idyllic house by the sea. A house surrounded by flower-filled gardens and a white picket fence. A house she fled at eighteen. A house full of secrets.

When her mother Rose, an ex-nun, is diagnosed with terminal can
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168 pages
Published January 2012 by Echelon Press
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Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Apr 11, 2012 Dani C. (Paulette's Papers) rated it it was amazing
Review to come...When I started reading The House on Prospect and I didn’t get up until I was done. I felt like I was a part of the lives of these wonderful characters and I did not want to leave.

This is an easy but emotional read. I could see these characters as well as I can see my own family. I was touched by the emotions I felt so much that several times I had tears falling to my cheeks. Bernadette Walsh has created a place that feels so real, it is amazing.

If you are looking for a moving st
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Ruth Hill
Apr 19, 2012 Ruth Hill rated it really liked it
I have to admit that as I read through the first part of this book, I wasn't sure what I had gotten myself into. The book was hard to follow. I struggled to keep the characters straight. The perspective kept switching between Rose and Ellen, and most of the time, I couldn't remember who was the mother and who was the daughter. About a third of the way into the book, I finally got all the characters figured out so that was no longer a problem. And I settled in to enjoy a very different kind of st ...more
Melissa Haggerty
Apr 25, 2012 Melissa Haggerty rated it it was amazing
The House on Prospect was such a wonderful book. Having been in a paranormal / YA trend (aren't I always), this book was a big change for me. I was in no way disappointed. Bernadette Walsh created a believable story with beautiful characters.

Rose is amazing. She is brave, kind, and so forgiving of others. She must be one of the strongest women I've read about. I don't know how others will perceive her but that is what I got from her story. Her struggles in life have been difficult and she has al
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J.S. Egan
Apr 13, 2012 J.S. Egan rated it really liked it
The House on Prospect is a very enjoyable story, about the three generations of women that live in the aforementioned house in the years that follow WW2.

The story rolls on and the protagonist really evolves while still staying true to herself! I read it in a weekend, and it is one of those books where the hours just disappear into it!

One problem with a lot of these books which tell stories over several generations is that they have to resort to literary devices to hide the 'reveal'. (It was the
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Cami Hensley
Apr 26, 2012 Cami Hensley rated it really liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
I love having the opportunity to mix it up when it comes to reading. I read so many different genres, but I find myself getting stuck on one for weeks at a time. This was definitely a refreshing read!

Bernadette Walsh has created a story with characters so real and addictive I could not put it down. I got so drawn into their lives, which is a great accomplishment for any author. I've always said those are my favorite stories, where I feel so strongly about the characters.

Be ready to go on a roll
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~JenRen~
Jun 08, 2012 ~JenRen~ rated it really liked it
The House on Prospect – Bernadette Walsh

Ellen Murphy spent her childhood in an idyllic house by the sea. A house surrounded by flower-filled gardens and a white picket fence. A house she fled at eighteen. A house full of secrets.

When her mother Rose, an ex-nun, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ellen reluctantly returns home to care for her and uncovers a clue to the one secret that has haunted Ellen all her life: the identity of her father. But that is just one of the many secrets hidden behi
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TAMMY CUEVAS
Apr 22, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it it was amazing
THE HOUSE ON PROSPECT
(Reader Review)
Genre – Women’s Fiction
Format – eBook: January 11, 2012

Ellen Murphy has spent her entire life surrounded by secrets. Her childhood was full of secrets and things not discussed. As an adult, she has continued the practice into her marriage. Now, her mother has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and Ellen has gone home to care for her, albeit grudgingly. As she spends time with her mother and family, she begins to unravel the family history, and in the proc
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Andrea Guy
Apr 26, 2012 Andrea Guy rated it it was amazing
I totally read this book on the wrong day. I started it on the anniversary of my grandma's death. Needless to say, I cried through the book. It is an emotionally charged read and I was over emotional reading it.

It is however a worthy read. The story is Harlequin in length, but that doesn't mean that the plot doesn't pack a punch, because it does. You get the story of two lives, mother and daughter. One ending and one on the verge of beginning again.

I have to say, I loved Rose, the mom that wante
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Gina
May 21, 2015 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really emotional read. The deeper I got into the story, the harder it was to tear myself away to return to real life. Rose suffers a fall and her family discovers she's dying. Old secrets come home to roost as Rose's daughter, Ellen, tries to make peace with the ghosts of the past and with the mother she always believed to be difficult and distant. Rose's life hasn't turned out the way she planned, and she can't let go until she comes to terms with her mistakes. While home caring for ...more
Dawn Edwards
Dec 18, 2012 Dawn Edwards rated it really liked it
4.3 Stars

Enjoyable Reading

Ms. Walsh has woven the emotions of a mother and daughter around the house in which Ellen grew up with her mother, Rose. Ms. Walsh has skillfully shifted first person story telling from Ellen to Rose and back repeatedly while demonstrating their emotions over the secrets surrounding the family.

The secrets could have been the cause of a permanent rift between Ellen and Rose, but instead they pulled the two close for the first time during the months before Rose's impendin
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NayNay
May 26, 2012 NayNay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-fiction
Just finished reading this book in one sitting, from the first page I was intrigued. This is a very enjoyable story about three generations of women that lived in The House on Propect in the years that followed WWII. It is a story about family secrets, greed, abuse, infidelity, romance and happiness. The characters are well developed and the ties between the women is profound. I found that I laughed and cried while reading this book. You well want to add it to your bookshelves.

I was given this b
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Charlie B.
Sep 22, 2014 Charlie B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes we choose to read a book on a whim, for me it was the title that caught my eye, then when I'd read this book it was the story that stayed with me. Two women, mother and daughter, one with secrets to unburden from herself in her final days, the daughter discovering things about herself that she didn't know.
How the two reconcile themselves, how they each come to terms with their past is the centrepiece of this book, its not always happy, sometimes you will be moved to tears but hell, tha
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Bonnie Colvert
Aug 25, 2014 Bonnie Colvert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a R2R. As soon as I started it I could not put it down. It is the story of three generations of women with an Irish background. About a small house on Prospect Street the lives of these women and their familiy secrets are told. We start with the middle of the story and go back and forth in time learning about it all. The story of the ex-nun, the single mother, the missing father, the death of another father, the abuse, the love, the affairs, the neighbors and the coming t ...more
Bonnie Colvert
May 28, 2012 Bonnie Colvert rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a R2R. As soon as I started it I could not put it down. It is the story of three generations of women with an Irish background. About a small house on Prospect Street the lives of these women and their familiy secrets are told. We start with the middle of the story and go back and forth in time learning about it all. The story of the ex-nun, the single mother, the missing father, the death of another father, the abuse, the love, the affairs, the neighbors and the coming t ...more
charlotte
Apr 27, 2015 charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Girls On Rose Hill

There are not many books that I read twice. This was one of them. Drama. For all of us who have had complicated relationships with our mothers, absentee fathers, or less than satisfactory marriages; for all of us that feel bitter and resentful about life this book helps delve into these issues. And come to some resolutions that a good book can lead you. Not to ruin the ending, but I definitely prefer any book with a good ending.
Charlene
Oct 12, 2014 Charlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interestingly story

I thought I would like this story from the beginning. I wasn't sure if it would be something I could enjoy, but I liked the way it was told in Rose's and Ellen's view. I actually wouldn't mind reading more of Bernadette's novels in the future especially if they are all this interesting
Ellis Vidler
Jul 09, 2012 Ellis Vidler rated it it was amazing
The House on Prospect is a beautifully written story about the complicated relationship between three generations of women. It will touch you, make you laugh, and make you cry. Bernadette Walsh's subtle use of language, traditions, and manners painted an authentic portrait of an Irish Catholic family. I loved it.
Marce Montoya
Apr 19, 2015 Marce Montoya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que libro tan hermoso, lo recomiendo 100%.
Carla
Mar 20, 2013 Carla rated it liked it
I related to Ellen especially when it came to her absent father.
Susan Bluberg
Feb 06, 2013 Susan Bluberg rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and captivating. I became engrossed in the lives of these characters and didn't want the story to end. A job well done! Read it!
Sabra Parks
Oct 17, 2014 Sabra Parks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doing the best we can

Loved this book. I think the girls of Rose Hill were a lot like many of us girls...just doing the best we can. Somehow it all turns out ok.
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Jan 21, 2016 Alison marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Bernadette Walsh is a native New Yorker who, when she isn’t busy practicing law and tormenting her fellow commuters on the Long Island Rail Road with the tap-tap-tapping of her laptop, enjoys reading and now writing novels.

Bernadette has won several writing contests and has written four novels: Gold Coast Wives (contemporary romance); The Devlin Witch (Books 1-4 of the Devlin Legacy series) (para
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