The House That Alice Built

The House That Alice Built

by Chris Penhall

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Home is where the heart is ...

Alice Dorothy Matthews is sensible. Whilst her best friend Kathy is living it up in Portugal and her insufferable ex Adam is travelling the world, Alice is working hard to pay for the beloved London house she has put her heart and soul into renovating.

But then a postcard from Buenos Aires turns Alice's life upside down. One very unsensible decision later and she is in Cascais, Portugal, and so begins her lesson in 'going with the flow'; a lesson that sees her cat-sitting, paddle boarding, dancing on top of bars and rediscovering her artistic talents.

But perhaps the most important part of the lesson for Alice is that you don't always need a house to be at home.

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BN ID: 2940161185858
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

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The House That Alice Built 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Honolulubelle 23 days ago
Favorite Quotes: You wouldn’t know nonchalant if it knocked on your door and said hello, I’m nonchalant, whispered the voice in her head. Bricks and mortar. They can’t protect you from everything, can they? They can protect you from the wind and the rain and the cold, but they can’t protect you from your emotions. I look like I’ve been living in a cave all my life surviving on a diet of pasties and washing my hair with lard. My Review: Poor Alice, she couldn’t seem to climb out of her gloom as it kept coming at her from all sides, including her own inner voice. Her ex-boyfriend, who had left her with debts, was back and wanting to claim half of her home; she had lost her job and her sparkle; and her inner voice was berating her at every turn. Alice’s tale was insightfully written with clever observational humor, a quirky cast of characters, angst, loss of self, a pyramid full of insecurities, lots of waffling and indecision, a blossoming romance, rekindling of old friendships, high anxiety, self-rediscovery, adventures in a foreign land, paddle boarding, pet-sitting, ambling, jewelry making, photography, artistry, home renovation, and an empowering evolution with defiantly vibrant trousers - which I greedily coveted. I frequently alternated between empathy for Alice and wanting to give her a smack to the back of the head, but I was proud of her and for her by the end.
Bjtraveller 7 months ago
This is a lovely romance, set mainly in Portugal. The story starts in uk buts moves overseas when Alice is made redundant. Her back story has shaped her but the move and her new and old friends help her to move on and the old Alice gradually reappears. Her relationship with Luis is not an easy one as both have a lot of baggage. There is also the cultural and language difficulties to be dealt with. Portugal is well portrayed and the characters believable. I was rooting for Alice to see what her future could be, exciting and fun. Does she get there? Read this book to the very end to find out.
TheCompulsiveReader7 8 months ago
(4.5 stars) - delightfully different I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting when I started this book, but this wasn't it. Alice is a woman who has been stuck in grief for a long time. Not really for a lost love, so much as for a lost self. Her ex used her & then took off. Leaving her with a mortgage. That they had signed together. So she was stuck making the payments by herself. Since she still loved the house even while being very over the boyfriend, she put in the struggle to meet the payments, buried herself in it, fixing it up the way she wanted it. And now, just as she's been laid off from her job, her ex has the audacity to tell her that he wants his half of the value. Alice runs away to visit her best friend in Portugal & thereby avoid her ex, and having emerged from her beloved burial chamber, finds herself coming back to life there. Much of the time, the story has a different, almost meandering pace. I found myself caught up in wondering what was happening to her. It's as if she develops a kind of almost temporary insanity, but it's intriguing following her odd journey. The ending has a bit of a too-good-to-be-true denouement, but the happily-ever-after was still quite satisfying. *Clean romance level: passionate kisses, secular attitudes on sex outside of marriage but intimacy is sweetly discreet & not at all graphic