Monday, December 27, 2010
Leisha Kelly's The House on Malcolm Street ~ Reviewed
House on Malcolm Street, The: A Novel
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Revell; Original edition (September 1, 2010)
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
Leisha Kelly has penned a moving story of a young widow and her small daughter forced to rely on the generosity and goodwill of her late husband's aunt. Bitter over her tragic losses and the estrangement from her father, Leah resents the interference of Aunt Marigold's other boarder, Josiah Walsh. In the same vein, Josiah finds Leah aloof and unfriendly exuding a palpable grief that chafes his own wounded heart. The House on Malcolm Street is a study of human emotion and the healing power of faith. With authenticity and insight, Leisha exposes both the broken-hearted and the beauty of a child's soul. The slow pacing will not suit readers accustomed to page turners nor those looking for romance but it is a journey of exploration and healing well worth taking.
Reviewed by: Rel Mollet