Monday, December 12, 2011

House on Plunkett Street by Lorena Bathey (Reviewed by Melissa)

"Every woman is beautiful. You are no exception." -Isolda

   Lorena Bathey, author of Beatrice Munson, has done it again. She has created a warm, friendly, female loving book! She had me crying, laughing, and cheering. House on Plunkett Street is a very well written story. Just as she did in Beatrice Munson Lorena created larger than life characters that the reader wishes they had in their corner.
   House on Plunkett Street is the story of Phoebe, a self-described bland & average character who has just skated through life, due to being the only girl in her family, surrounded by five testosterone driven brothers and an alcoholic mother who took no attention of her daughter. Phoebe knows she needs to leave the grips of her family in Chicago and actually gather a backbone and travels to California to settle. While here Phoebe only continues in her bland life, with her bland boyfriend, until she is forced to move out of her apartment.

   Phoebe's life takes an unexpected turn for the better when she is lucky enough to score an apartment in a history rich apartment building. The house on Plunkett Street was once a home for women who, during the war, needed a place to work on their live. The house choses the new inhabitants, not the other way around. Insert Phoebe's 3 ghosts who are there to repair her life and help her find who she is. Isolda, Polly and Hazel. 

   Isolda is the first ghost to appear and the original owner of the building. She explains to Phoebe why they are there. Here is an excerpt from the story so that you can get a feel for this beautiful story and the authors incredible writing style:

"Dear, this is only an introduction. I wanted you to know that I was going to be here once in a while, so you were not frightened when I appeared." Isolda was softening her tone, seeming to soothe Phoebe. "I would like us to work together. It is not that I know anything more than you do. It is just that I have already had to become that which I know lies within you. It is my wish to inspire you to want more in your life and to receive what you want. My experience has been that living in this house builds change. It is as if this home was built to transform the people who inhabit it."

   After Isolda she is visited by Polly, the larger than life flapper with a flair for style. And finally, by Hazel to help Phoebe deal with her relationships. There is, of course, so much more than I have put in the review but you, the reader, will have to pick the book up to find out! Currently only a little over a dollar on Smashwords it would be the perfect gift for yourself, or the women in your life, this holiday season! 
   Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog! I was not paid for this review. I was gifted the book but that in no way swayed my opinion. This is my view and that's all there is to it! Have a wonderful, magical day, and remember, we're all beautiful in some way! - Melissa

A room without books is like a body without a soul. -Cicero


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