Saturday, October 09, 2010

The House on Malcolm Street by Leisha Kelly

From the bestselling author of Emma’s Gift, comes The House on Malcolm Street, Leisha Kelly’s latest novel about finding healing in the most unexpected of places.

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 in an accident, she is angry at God and fearful about the future. Finding refuge in a boardinghouse run by her late husband's aunt, Leah's heart begins the slow process of mending. Is it the people who surround her—or perhaps this very house—that reach into her heart with healing?

Delightful, realistic characters and skilled writing make The House on Malcolm Street by Leisha Kelly 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.

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.

Here is my review of this engaging novel:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Leisha Kelly and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The House on Malcolm Street" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Leisha Kelly’s “The House on Malcolm Street” is an engrossing and entertaining read. It begins with Leah Breckenridge and her young daughter, Ellie, boarding a train to seek refuge with the relatives of her deceased husband because they have nowhere else to turn. At first, the situation appears hopeless, but healing over the loss of husband and son eventually does come for Leah and Ellie as a garden begins to take shape.

As the reader follows Leah on her journey of mourning and discovery of the power of God’s love, an awareness that this love truly exists emerges from the beautifully crafted narrative. I was thoroughly mesmerized by this heart-clutching read. In fact, I was so engaged at the beginning of this book, I didn’t hear my name being called for my appointment at the doctor’s office. This gave me a perfect opportunity to recommend the book to the nurse.

1 comment: 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: