Sunday, October 3, 2010

The House on Malcolm Street

The House on Malcolm Street
Leisha Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3328-5
September, 2010/352 pages/$14.99

When tragedy steals her future, can Leah learn to trust again?

It is the autumn of 1920, and Leah Breckenridge is desperate to find a way to provide for her young daughter. After losing her husband and infant son, she is angry at God and fearful about the days ahead. Finding refuge in a boardinghouse run by her late husband's aunt, Leah begins the slow process of mending her heart.

Is it the people who surround her--or perhaps this very house--that reach into her heart with healing? As Leah finds peace tending to an abandoned garden, can she find a way to trust God with her future?

A beautifully simple story about the complexities of life, The House on Malcolm Street is a treasure.

Leisha Kelly is the author of several bestselling historical fiction books, including Emma's Gift, Julia's Hope, and Katie's Dream. She has served many years on her local library board, continuing to bring good reads and educational opportunities to her community. Once a waitress, cafe manager, tutor, and EMT, Leisha is now a busy novelist and speaker who is active in the ministries of her church. She lives with her family in Illinois.

This is a pleasant read. More of a character novel than a plot-driven novel, the portrayals of Leah Breckenridge and Josiah Walsh tugged at my heart. Written in first-person, most of the chapters are written from Leah's perspective, but the chapters written from Josiah's view give the reader a peek into his thoughts and experiences. Both Leah and Josiah have inner scars, and their view of each other is affected by these past hurts, causing conflict and misunderstanding between them. Their journeys as they allow God to heal their past makes this a heartwarming story.

Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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quilly said...

Oh. Premise wise, this sounds a whole lot like the story I am currently writing. I don't seem to be pulling it off well. should I read this or would it be better not to? said...

Nice review!

I thought that The House on Malcolm Street was an interesting, but heavy read. I have read several books by Leisha Kelly and enjoyed Julia’s Hope, Emma’s Gift and Katie’s Dream.

The House on Malcolm Street was not a light hearted story. The issues it deals with are heavy and make for a daunting read sometimes. Does it have a lot of meaning packed into one novel? Yes, it is likely one you won’t forget about, but it’s kind of a rainy day book, if you know what I mean.

I have also written a more in-depth review on my own site: