Friday, February 13, 2015

House of Wonder by Sarah Healy

5 Star

When we were little and I needed Warren, I would rub my earlobe.  And perhaps it was the alchemy of childhood, a magic that happened because I believed it could, but I swear it worked. He always came.

Theirs wasn’t always the misfit family in the neighborhood. Jenna Parsons’s childhood was one of block parties and barbecues, where her mother, a former beauty queen, continued her reign and her twin brother, Warren, was viewed as just another oddball kid. But as her mother’s shopaholic habits intensified, and her brother’s behavior became viewed as more strange than quirky, Jenna sought to distance herself from them. She is devoted to her career and her four-year-old daughter, Rose. But now, in his peculiar way, Warren summons her back to 62 Royal Court.

What she finds there—a house in disrepair, a neighborhood on tenterhooks over a rash of petty thefts, and evidence of past traumas her mother has kept hidden—will challenge Jenna as never before. But as she stands by her family, she also begins to find beauty in unexpected places, strength in unlikely people, and a future she couldn’t have imagined.

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

A very emotional book for many reasons, I loved House of Wonder for its very real, very heartfelt story. The novel was one that broached many uncomfortable topics with an entirely human approach. I couldn't help but feel for, and with, the characters because their stories became so true and poignant. 

The story and heartbreaking circumstances and life of Jenna was utterly compelling to me. A lot of the things were not things I could imagine as I had never gone through them but I could see the possibility of them having happened which is the essential part of this book. The book went back and forth, revealing secrets and past events until everything came together.

What I truly loved about House of Wonder was the fact that I just did not want to put it down. It is so beautifully written and the story appealed to me so much. It felt authentic and despite the myriad disappointments and troubles in the characters lives, or perhaps because of them, it resonated with me in a very profound way.  

Thank you to NAL Trade Paperback Original for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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