Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The House on Prospect by Bernadette Walsh - Review and Giveaway

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Title: The House on Prospect
Author: Bernadette Walsh
Publisher: Echelon Press
Publish Date: January 11, 2012

Synopsis: Ellen Murphy spent her childhood in an idyllic house by the sea. A house surrounded by flower filled gardens and a white picket fence. A house she fled at eighteen. A house full of secrets.

When Ellen’s mother Rose, an ex-nun, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ellen reluctantly
returns home to care for her and uncovers a clue to the one secret that has haunted Ellen all her life:
the identity of her father. But that is just one of the many secrets hidden behind the beautiful facade of
the house on Prospect Road. Ellen discovers the high price both her mother and her Irish grandmother
paid for the house on Prospect and she realizes that her meek mother is more of stranger to her than her
absent father.

My Thoughts: The House on Prospect was such a wonderful book. Having been in a paranormal / YA trend (aren't I always), this book was a big change for me. I was in no way disappointed. Bernadette Walsh created a believable story with beautiful characters.

Rose is amazing. She is brave, kind, and so forgiving of others. She must be one of the strongest women I've read about. I don't know how others will perceive her but that is what I got from her story. Her struggles in life have been difficult and she has always stayed a caring and loving woman. As she is dealing with her disease and her past I just loved her more.

Ellen is a tough woman. She has turned a blind eye to things in her life instead of dealing with them. She shut out her family. She is prickly and upset a lot. Really, it's all because she is lost. As she begins to find her way, she changes. I was happy about that. She is not a bad character, just very hurt by secrets in her past. She is still strong, and by the end of the book she has really grown as a woman.

The other characters were well written and developed. Molly was all no-nonsense and I loved her. Maura made me laugh at her parts. Billy was a sweet man. Sometimes he was frustrating but he helped Ellen through the tough times so well. Kitty frustrated me some. The more I considered it, the more I thought, maybe she did what she did for Rose. Sometimes I just found her to be selfish.

The House on Prospect was happy, sad, and angry, all rolled into one book. Walsh created a beautiful story, where a mother and daughter finally learn to let go of the past and forgive. I couldn't put it down, and I loved every moment.

To learn more about Bernadette Walsh and The House on Prospect, you can stop by: Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*


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  2. My favorite character right now is Kay Scarpetta in Patricia Cornwell's novels. I love seeing how she has progressed over the years.

  3. You know what? I'm going to have to say Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. She always got herself into tight spots, but she always got out of them too.

  4. Thanks for taking the time to read my book and write such a wonderful review!! I hope you all check out THE HOUSE ON PROSPECT and maybe you'll discover your new favorite character !!

  5. The main girl in Never Knowing was very strong indeed to endure all she went thru in the book

  6. I think Bella was a very strong in Twilight and so is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  7. Laura Ingalls is a strong character. She and her family really had to carve out a life for themselves in the wilderness. She has a resilient spirit that grew over time.