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The House on Malcolm Street: A Novel

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

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    The House On Malcolm Street

    It's the fall of 1920 and Leah Breckenridge's life has changed so much the last year that she is basically lost. Her husband was killed in an accident, and then her baby son dies from the influenza. If that isn't enough to overwhelm her she couldn't pay the rent, and has found herself along with her six yr old daughter Eliza, also called Ellie, homeless. She can't go back home to her parents, her mother is dead, and her dad had never really made her feel welcome. The only option she has is to go to Illinois to stay with her husbands Aunt Marigold who runs a boardinghouse.The only issue is Leah has a terrible fear of trains, and that is the only way for her to travel, so she must put her fears aside and do whats best for her daughter.

    Upon arriving in Ill. she meets Josiah who offers to take her to the boarding house only to find out that he actually lives there with Marigold. Turns out he was a childhood friend of Leah's husband and a distant relative of Marigolds. Leah and Josiah don't hit it off at all, she gets the feeling he doesn't want her there, but unknown to her is the fact that he is dealing with his own grief. Will Leah find refuge at the House On Malcolm Street, and can she find her way back to God?

    This was an amazing story, Leisha Kelly really knows how to draw you into a story and hold your attention until the end.She tells this story from the perspective of two people Leah and Josiah. In telling the story this way you get swept away with both characters feelings,their pain and grief literally jump off the page. The nightmares and the fear of trains that had plagued Leah most of her life draws us in with a bit of mystery which isn't resolved until the end of the story. The characters develop very well in this book and you quickly become immersed in their stories.

    Leah had lost so much, even her faith in God, but her daughter had enough faith for both of them, and when they get to Marigold's house and we see what a kind, compassionate woman she is I was relieved that they might find a home. I also liked Marigold's ministry and how she could get people around her to help, allowing them to feel good about doing for others, the relationship with her neighbor was also another aspect of the book that I really enjoyed.

    The only downside to this book was that it ended. I wanted to keep on reading about these characters, I can easily see how there could be a sequel to this book, I really hope that's the case because I want to read more about the people on Malcolm Street.

    I would easily rate this book a 5/5

    Even though I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, thanks Ms. Hausler, it in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

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    The House on Malcolm Street

    Marigold McSweeney runs a boarding house. It isn't a prosperous boarding house since she only has one paying boarder, but it is not about making money for Marigold, it is about helping to heal broken hearts, broken people and broken lives.

    When her young husband died Leah Breckenridge is desperate, kicked out of her home for not paying the rent, she and her young daughter have slept on the streets a couple of nights, when she faces her fears and boards a train for Andersonville, Illinois. Her husband's aunt has invited them to come visit for a while, and Leah hope they can stay there, she knows she can never take her daughter to live at her father's farm. His unfeeling and coarse attitude would be detrimental to a child, just as it had been to Leah, when she was a child. Upon arriving, she finds that the horrible nightmares she had about trains, have worsened since her husband passed away after being struck by a train.

    Josiah Walsh was a distant relative of Marigold's husband and had been a buddy of Leah's husband as kids. Now he is dealing with his own private torment. Driving while under the influence of alcohol he has crashed the car and he wife and unborn child die as a result of the crash. Only God keeps Josiah from going over the deep end. God and Aunt Marigold.

    A wonderful story of God's amazing grace, and Marigold's strong faith and her ministering spirit, you will not want to miss The House on Malcolm Street. This is the first book I have read from this author but I hope it will not be the last, I truly enjoyed this book. 345 pages US $14.99 4 stars.

    This book was provided for review purposes only by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This book is available September 2010 where your favorite Revell books are sold.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010


    The House on Malcolm Street By Leisha Kelly

    I started to read this book but was distracted by my kids twice. But I though I had the whole book fireguard out. Boy was I wrong! I only had the book half figured out. A lot more happened to the charters then I could imagine, plus the ending wasn't what I thought would happen.

    This story of Leah was one of sadness, the loss of her family had caused a chain of things to come. It caused her to move, meet new people.Do these people become friends? Do these people help her find forgiveness? Do they help her find a new home? Do they fall in love? These are all questions to keep in the back of your mind while reading this store.

    The story does have a few bible versus. As does it have someone finding God.

    All in all this was a good book worth the read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2011

    good read

    Loved authors writing style. Well written. 1st book by author. Will read more. Wanted questions answered at end is all that would have made it a smidge better for me. Wish that this was a series with these characters. So sad that author had now passed and cannot do this.

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  • Posted October 11, 2010

    Good read!

    This is a warm-hearted story about Leah, her daughter, and what tragic events happen to them where they end up living with an aunt of Leah's husband. It has sadness, history, and love. I have read other books by this author and I enjoyed everyone of them. A great read! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

    Poignant historical novel about living through grief

    The House on Malcolm Street by Leisha Kelly is a thoughtful and moving historical novel. Leah Breckenridge has had a terrible year; first her mother died, then her husband, John, was killed in a tragic train accident, and finally her infant son Johnny died in the flu epidemic. Leah and daughter Eliza are left alone, homeless and broke, and because of a abusive relationship with her father she cannot stay with him, so she hesitantly accepts an invitation from John's aunt Marigold to stay with her in her boarding house. Eliza thrives with Aunt Mari's faith filling the house, but Leah is still angry with God for taking away those she loved. Aunt Mari's other border is Josiah Walsh, a childhood friend of John's who also lost his wife and their unborn child in a tragic accident. Mari hopes that the two can help heal the other's wounds, but both are too caught up in their own grief to reach out. Kelly's novel isn't exactly a romance, but it is poignant and heart-felt. Readers will ache for both Leah's and Josiah's loss, and while Leah's secret may be obvious to readers, it's revelation is still profound. There are several storylines loose at the end of the novel, will Saul and Mari's relationship last the prejudice of their neighbors? Will Josiah and Leah move forward to love? I hope that Kelly gives readers a sequel answering these questions and giving another look at the Kurcher family as well.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010


    THE HOUSE ON MALCOLM STREET by Leisha Kelly is a historical fiction set in 1920 Illoinois. It is written in first person, is well written with details and depth. It has faimly drama, tragedy, lost, faith, secrets, moving on with your life, finding the truth,railroads,death, sadness, hopeless,lost of family,trust, healing your heart,finding good friends and moving toward the future. The characters are interesting, caring, believable, and will capture your heart.This book will make you think, reflect on the people you have helped and cared for. I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy a get to your heart story that will hold your attention. This book was received for review from the publisher and details can be found at Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group and and My Book Addiction and More.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

    A thinking book

    The House on Malcolm Street by Leisha Kelly
    This isn't a feel good book or a quick read. It's a book that makes you sit back in your chair and realize you've been there in some way at some time with your faith. The House on Malcolm Street will have you reflecting on people who have helped you or maybe you helped in the past, or even better who can you help now?

    It's 1920 and Leah Breckenridge is widowed with a young daughter and no way to support her. She leaves St. Louis and heads across the river to Illinois where her late husband's aunt has a boarding house. There Leah along with a few others begin healing their hearts and opening them to others.

    The House on Malcolm Street is not a fast page tuner, but it is one that I will pull off my shelf again to read. There is a lot to be learned from the characters in this book.

    Back cover:
    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 reaches 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?

    book provided for author review, I can write what I want about it.

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    Posted March 12, 2011

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