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Sunday, October 10, 2010

The House on Malcolm Street by Leisha Kelly (Book Review)

Title: The House on Malcolm Street
Author: Leisha Kelly
Publisher: Revell/Baker

About the book: Leah and her young daughter Eliza, journey to Illinois to start a new life.  Leah has lost both her husband and her infant son in the last year.  Already suffering from an irrational fear of trains, it is a train accident that kills her husband.  She loses her son to illness.  Unable to find work or to provide any thing for Eliza, she takes her husband's Aunt Marigold up on her offer of a place to stay.

Aunt Marigold runs a boardinghouse, but it is really a refuge for those in need.  She doesn't often have a paying boarder, but just seeks to give back from what the Lord has given her. Already in residence is Josiah Walsh.  Though he calls her Aunt Mari, he is barely related to her through marriage.  She loves him like a son and he reciprocates.  Aunt Mari was his lifeline when he lost his wife and unborn child. 

Leah has been blaming God for the deaths in her family and is struggling with any kind of faith, while Eliza has faith enough for both of them. Aunt Mari has been praying that Leah and Josiah will be able to overcome their grief with each other's help.

My thoughts:  This was my first Leisha Kelly book and it was pretty good.  Even though it was a story based on tragedy and grief, it is full of love and acceptance and how God uses all circumstances for His good. I am hoping their is a follow up book as I would love to find out what happens with these characters!

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

~I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker in exchange for my review.~

Publisher/Publication Date: Baker, Sept 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3328-5
345 pages


tracysbooknook.com 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:


tracysbooknook.com said...


When I said a “more in-depth review” I meant more in-depth compared to the short comment I had made.

Sorry if that was unclear.



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