Keeping the House

Keeping the House

by Ellen Baker
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Keeping the House 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its one of those books where you are desperate to unravel its secrets but hate for it to come to an end. It was depressing and heart breaking, yet inspiring and romantic. It is life, as it was then and as it is now. A timeless book. Highy recommend.
DebraJ24 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at a used book store a few years ago, put in my library and forgot about it until recently. When I did read it I could not put it down. All I wanted to do was read, but did not want the story to end. I really like Ellen's style of writing and have ordered all of her other books. Truly good story telling.
EMTgirlNV More than 1 year ago
This book is mainly set in the late 40's and 50's, with some parts of the story going back to the beginning of the Michelson family when a young bride moves in to the family home in 1896. If you like stories of a seemingly simpler time, relationships, and war time, sprinkled with plenty of description so you feel like you're right there in the story, this a great book for you. I will definitely read this authors other book. Her writing is smooth as glass, she keeps me reading. I thought The Help would be the only great book I'd read this year, but I was wrong. This one is great too, and I find they are similar enough in structure and time setting I think fans would like this one too.
AmberWR More than 1 year ago
I just finished Keeping the House. I thoroughly enjoyed several aspects of the book. I liked the plot a lot (and loved the ending). I really liked learning about the 'times' and especially about attitudes of and about women. I liked how the book showed the effects on soldiers and their families due to war. I loved the theme of 'the curse' on the house and how that actually played out. (don't want to give anything away here.) I loved how the story came together bit by bit from several sources (gossip, re-telling, actual happenings). For the 1st 3/4 of the book, I had no problem keeping up with the time period and which characters I was reading about, but during the last 1/4, I began to have a difficult time keeping the different years and characters separate. I began to get Harry and JJ mixed up, but that problem went away as the time periods converged onto 'present day' 1950. But overall I really liked bouncing around the different time periods and the different 1st person narratives. The 'secret' twist was easy to figure out. (and not original, but a basis of many novels, and many true-life events too I'm sure.) I listened to it on audio and sometimes the different character's voices weren't very different. but it was ok. I found myself unable to take off my headphones - I just couldn't put this book down. I would compare this book to 'Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons' by Lorna Landvik, and 'And Ladies of the Club' by Helen Hooven Santmeyer (some of my all-time favorites). and almost as good as 'South of Broad' by Pat Conroy. It was a very nice snapshot of the times from a woman's viewpoint (mostly). I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest books I have ever read! OK, let me be very up front about this. Yes, I am very prejudiced, you see Ellen is my daughter-in-law. And while I get great pleasure out of teasing Ellen that "Keeping the House" is a chick-book and an obligatory read for me, it really is a great book. While I have always much preferred historical books on war, especially the Civil War, and would love to know more about Byron's time in the Army, this book still held my interest all the way through it and left me with a big "Way to go!" with the ending. The characters are diverse and the details vivid enough to create very good pictures in my mind about both setting and emotions. I recommend this book to anyone, it really is a good read. Jim Baker
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought Keeping the House was such an interesting idea for a novel, but I was a little disappointed by the book. I just never really developed a liking for the characters. I liked the non-chronological order of the chapters and the historical background of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably one of my Top 5 all time reads. Real hard to find a stopping point, because I never wanted to stop the story.
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This is in my top ten favorite books! I couldn't put it down!
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Jennlvs2read More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were well developed and the author did a great job of telling each of their stories. I loved the idea of falling in love with an old house and wondering about the lifes of the occupants. Only thing I thought would make it a bit better is if the author tossed in some ghosts. :) P.S. I figured out the twist early on also.
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JeanneMarieH More than 1 year ago
I actually picked up this book at our local Barnes & Noble this past Saturday while there purchasing a birthday gift for my daughter's friend. It looked interesting, and the author is local. Tonight (Tuesday) I finished the book. Overall, I think that a great deal more research could have been done. First of all, the names. "Chase" for someone born at the turn of the last century? "Stacy" for someone born in roughly the same era, with sisters named Mary and Alice? Mildred or Genevieve would have been far more appropriate for that era. "Elissa" for someone born in the 1920's? Geez Louise, go the Social Security website to see what the most common given names were for babies in any given decade. I will admit that I'm quite the stickler for historical accuracy, and have hooted with laughter upon seeing zippers up the backs of the dresses worn by actresses in Tudor costume dramas. The plot is OK, although I managed to figure out the "twist" quite a few pages before it was revealed. At times the writing is very inspired, but at other times it's very stilted and wooden. Seems as though the author's research was very thorough on some points, but on others she just banged out a few pages here and there to try to bring the whole story together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so happy that I bought this book. What a wonderful storyline, beautifully drawn characters, and all around FABULOUS book! I cannot wait to see what Ms. Baker writes next. I highly recommend this book...you will not be able to put it down!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was talking with my mother and she mentioned she had ordered Keeping The House. She then started reading what the book was about. I immediately flew to the library and checked it out. I could not put it down! I have a husband and five children and would fly through my day to get time to sit and read. I finished it amazingly in two days! I NEVER read a book that fast. Usually I am falling asleep in the evening, when I usually read. But not with this book. I also am going to purchase the book to have in my library. I loved it! I cannot wait for her next book. She is truly gifted in writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic!! Though the book was 500 + pages, I read it in only 2 days. How the author was able to seamlessly interweave various stories, spanning generations, was amazing. The story goes back and forth between characters and generations but I had no difficulty follwing these changes. I would VERY HIGHLY recommend this book to readers of all types. I am most impressed by the author's writing ability and the story and characters were unforgettable. I read all books by borrowing from the library but am strongly considering buying this for my own personal collection. Read and enjoy!! You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best love story I have ever read. She was in love with the house and thought she was in love with everything (and everyone)about it. What a great story. Only bad thing was that it was her first and you cant buy anymore of her books. I am eagerly awaiting more from her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keeping the House kept me very interested from cover to cover. The different time periods were fairly easy to differentiate, and I thought the ending was well done. I am waiting for Ms. Baker's next book.