Sunday, October 3, 2010

Book Review: The House on Malcolm Street

House on Malcolm Street, The: A Novel

The House on Malcolm Street, a Novel by Leisha Kelly
The word that comes to mind when thinking how to describe this book is "quiet"....there is quite a bit going on in this book, but it just seems quiet.  The characters have their bursts of temper and Leah starts off the book letting you know that she has had a rough go of it.  Sleeping on a park bench, homeless, trying to keep her young daughter safe, she knows she must reach out for help.  Generally, one would reach out to her father, but not Leah, they have been estranged for quite some time, but there is a letter from an aunt...

As Leah boards the train you can tell something is not quite right, Leah has a tremendous fear that she tries to keep hidden from her daughter, this fear follows Leah through the story, especially when fellow boarder, Josiah Walsh meets up with an unfortunate accident while working.

We have Aunt Marigold, who is determined that Leah and Josiah will help each other through their pain, but how can that happen when their is so much pain and seeming anger between them?  Leah's daughter seems to fare best of all, she is open hearted, loving, forgiving and most of all she believes in God.

As Leah becomes more comfortable in her new surroundings she slowly reaches out to God, as she does, she begins to mend and when her and Josiah are thrown together in a time of need the book seems to make a turning point.  Leah begins to make amends with her past, the death of her husband, and her fears, but will she come to peace with Josiah?

This is a good book, I wouldn't give it 5 stars since it wasn't spectacular, but it was good and an enjoyable read.

**Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group sent me a copy of this book to review, I was not compensated in any other way for my honest thoughts and opinions.

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1 comment:

  1. 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:



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