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The House at the End of Hope Street

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  6,798 ratings  ·  1,049 reviews
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.

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 wo
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Pamela Dorman Books (first published April 4th 2013)
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Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun, easy to read book with quirky characters and a touch of magic thrown in. I enjoyed it very much. Set in Cambridge, England it is about women who for various reasons have reached the end of their tether and who are given the opportunity to find themselves again while they stay in the magical house. A bit serious, a bit whimsical but a whole lot entertaining. I will be looking out for this author's other books. ...more
Diane S ☔
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Magical, quirky, enchanting I could go on. All books do not have to be literary fiction, sometimes it is just so comforting to read a book that is fun, with some great characters and an important message, all couched in the most wonderful way. Dorothy Parker, Sylvia Plath, many of literature greats as well as feminist icons are all present, speaking and helping the woman who are called to this house. Even the cups and saucers change pictures daily, the walls laugh and messages f ...more
Susan Tunis
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it
“This house may not give you what you want, but it will give you what you need.”

“The house has stood at the end of Hope Street for nearly two hundred years.” So begins Menna van Praag’s debut novel. In those opening pages, nineteen-year-old Cambridge doctoral student Alba Ashby, reeling from an unnamed “worst event in [her] life,” is inexplicably drawn to the house. Alba is more than an academic over-achiever. She sees things that others can’t: ghosts and auras, but also vibrant and colorful sce
Chelsey Wolford
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am not going to be able to praise this book enough! I am enraptured by its perfectly woven tale and the intricate characters and the magical house that lies inside its pages. I am completely in love with this magical house, and the idea of it appearing to women who have lost their hope, hence the name “Hope Street.” I was already sold on this idea, and then Menna has to go and add talking pictures and charming ghosts to the mix as well. This story follows Alba Ashby, who is a rather odd charac ...more
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read
I think this setting is every reader's dream... Alba Ashby (What a perfect name for a protagonist, right???) thinks her life is over and she's got nothing left to live for when suddenly she finds herself standing in front of this old Victorian house, filled with magical trinkets.

The house is run by Peggy Abbott, and takes in women boarders who are meant for greatness and have hit a stumbling block in figuring out where to go next. The author has crafted a fun novel that combines comedy, magic,
Lisa Allen
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Alba is a very young PhD student from Cambridge who leaves school under mysterious circumstances. She finds herself at 11 Hope St., where the spirits of famous women like Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Parker, spent time in life and also time and death. The house itself seems to be alive, interacting with the women as well as the spirits. Each living woman in the house must tackle enormous emotional obstacles to become the woman she was meant to be.

A wonderful, unexpected, life-affirming story about
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I saw praise for this book on the jacket by three authors I really like, I knew I was in for a treat. Indeed, this is an absolutely delightful novel about a magical house with female empowerment as a key theme. If you were an English major like me, you'll appreciate the literary references even more. If you don't recognize them all, don't fear as there's a handy reference guide at the end! ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
A copy of The House at the End of Hope Street was provided to me by Pamela Dorman Books for review purposes.

"If you stay I can promise you this. This house may not give you what you want, but it will give you what you need. And the even that brought you here, the thing you think is the worst thing that's ever happened? When you leave, you'll realize it was the very best thing of all."

Alba, Carmen and Greer all recently experienced life-changing events that they never thoug
Lisa Ahn
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Menna Van Praag has written a magical tale in Hope Street, a story full of whimsy, literary ghosts, and secrets. The main characters are multi-dimensional and intriguing, full of quirks and foibles, but also full of strength. The house is a character in its own right, so well-sketched that it lingers in the mind after the book is done. I loved the literary ghosts, true to history and to something deeper -- an abiding and uplifting faith in the power of women to overcome seemingly insurmountable ...more
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The House At The End Of Hope Street
Menna Van Praag

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Alba finds a house of red bricks...her life is a MESS...the house is magical...and she gets to stay there for 99 days because that's how long the house will give her to feel all better again!

My thoughts after reading this book...

Well...first of all I love Peg, Mog...the cat...invisible cat...and her thick cups of creamy cocoa!
Then...I loved every word of this precious book. I think I would call this book a magical
Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
I read this novel for a challenge. I was looking for something cute, light, and not too long. The blurb seemed charming, and it has glowing GR reviews, it looked like a good choice. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me.
Probably, this novel is best suited to younger readers who enjoy magic, ghosts, romance and fairy tales. Personally, I wasn’t impress by the writing, the author uses too many standard tropes, the plot is far-fetched and silly, the characters too melodramatic (I risked asthenopia
Stefanie Lueck
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful treat, I couldn't put it down. It's so full of love and live, so skillfully written you became friends with the characters and the house right away and you feel as if you live in it. You can hear, feel and smell it. It made me hold my breath, I laughed and cried with it. A truly inspiring and magical book, you can't stop reading and you wish it will never end. ...more
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers of this book for the ARC.

Feminists Unite! That's what comes to mind with this book. It is definitely a woman's book, but I am sure some men would enjoy it too.

Alba is nineteen and her life is in a tailspin. For reasons that she cannot explain, she is drawn the the house at the end of Hope Street. It is as though the house is calling to her, and naturally she knocks on the door and is greeted by Peggy (the person in charge of the house).

It turns out that the
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Sep 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
You know what I think is great? Women who pursue the things they care about. More people reading Virginia Woolf. A more complex understanding of women's history. You know what I think is terrible? This book. Menna van Praag's novel about a magic house that is only visible to women in need is chock-full of lazy storytelling and sentiment that feels pre-packaged. It's like a wish fulfillment story someone wrote in tenth grade.

In this magical house, there are portraits of every notable women from
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely delightful read! If you enjoy heartfelt and uplifting literature with a generous sprinkling of magic on the side, then The House at the End of Hope Street is for you.

I really don’t want to give too much of the plot away, because it is completely wonderful to discover all the twists and turns for yourself. There are delicious mysteries to be solved and eccentric characters to fall in love with. The entire novel is peppered with literary references, and for a bookworm this is ve
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-love
I had the great pleasure of getting a sneak peak of this book in its early incarnations and I can't wait to read the published version this April 2013!! You instantly fall in love with the colorful characters - the women who live in the house at the end of Hope Street - their stories are full of suspense and adventure, romance and mystery. Warning: once you pick it up you may not be able to put it down, and it is entirely likely that you will be up until 3am reading "...just one more chapter". C ...more
Katrin Bauck
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book of Menna van Praag! Every book of her touches my heart, they are so charming, wise and inspiring and I always learn so much about myself! This one again is a must-read for everybody who needs a little hope and trust...
Barbara O'Neal
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A kind and magical novel for fans of Sarah Addison Allen. Beautifully written and delightful on every level. I couldn't put it down ...more
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A little gem of a book, utterly enchanting!!!
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it


Rich in symbolism and beautifully written Von Prang's story is a pleasure to read, and made me long to have had a place like this to go to when times were tough. This house is the perfect mother's lap, and like any good mother it provides what you need to get on with life.

The magic appears at several levels in the story. First, the house itself is filled with magic, and with the wisdom of women who hav
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Pamela Dorman Books|April 9, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-670-78463-9

A magical debut novel 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
The Lit Bitch
3.5 stars.

I was really excited to read this book. It held tons of promise for literature lovers. The novel has a distinct element of magical realism but it isn’t the central point of this novel.

I loved meeting all the literary greats in this book as well as many other famous women in history. They weren’t the central focus of the novel though either…the book was about the four women of Hope Street (Peggy, Greer, Carmen, and Alba).

Reading the four stories had an interesting effect on the overall
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED every minute of this book. Fans of Sarah Addison Allen will also enjoy this book.

The House at the End of Hope Street tells the story of 3 women who have lost hope. They find themselves at a house that can help them pick up the pieces and get their lives back together, if they let it.

Alba is the 19 year old intellectual prodigy. On top of that, she can see the ghosts of people who are no longer alive. But all that stops when her life takes a downward spiral. Alba is betrayed by her ment
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, favorites
What a delightful reading experience. It immediately brought to mind When Autumn Leaves by Amy S. Foster and of course all books by Sarah Addison Allen. The house was a safe haven for Alba and the friends she met. The walls moved, the pictures talked and Stella sat in the kitchen sink. How could I not love everything about this book? I so look forward to Menna van Praag's next book.

Two other reviews said it better than I can:

The magic appears at several levels in the story. First, the house itse
Alice Nelson
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I want to stay (or even better, live) in the House! The author conjures up such vivid and beautiful imagery, of the house itself, its magical tendencies, and its female occupants, both past and present, that by the end of the book you feel like it already is your own home. The story kept me guessing, and when all of the various strands had been tied together neatly at the end, I was filled with a sense of complete satisfaction.

This novel is the perfect antidote for the struggles that abound in m
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Alba Ashby, after suffering a humiliating defeat, arrives unexpectedly at the house at the end of Hope Street and finds a way to heal. I don't think I'm giving too much away. You knew this, didn't you? It is why you sought out this book, I think. You certainly wouldn't read this book if you discovered in the first sentence of this review that Alba found only more misery and more defeat at his home. So, it's that is what you are seeking, then I will reassure you that it will be found here. Hope. ...more
Golden Moth
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely delighted to read this wonderful story of hope, faith and courage by Menna van Praag, set in the most sublime surroundings. If you are a avid reader of Menna's previous books her new book will certainly spoil you. The characters are enchanting and charming, and you will follow their courageous lives with every turn of the page. I thoroughly enjoyed being whisked away to a wonderful world of magic, secrets, heart ache and joy.

A pure delight.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, a heart warming story with a little bit of magic.
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book didn't pull at my heart strings and twist them as so many of my favorite books do. No, this book pulled at my heart strings and made me feel warm and good inside. This has to be one of my most favorite book so far this year. I melted as I read it. The author's writing is beautiful, and I was caught up in the magic of the house, a house that is very much a character itself. To cavort with the ghosts of so many famous and admirable women! This book was a dream.

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Menna van Praag was born in Cambridge, England and studied Modern History at Oxford University. Her first novella - an autobiographical tale about a waitress who aspires to be a writer - Men, Money & Chocolate has been translated into 26 languages. Her magical realism novels are all set among the colleges, cafes and bookshops of Cambridge. The House at the End of Hope Street (2014), The Dress Shop ...more

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