Book Review and Giveaway: The House on Malcolm Street

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Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3328-5
ISBN-10: 0-8007-3328-2
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Number of pages: 352
Carton Quantity: 40
Publication Date: Sep. 10
Formats: Paperback

The House on Malcolm Street, by Leisha Kelly was published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

What It’s About

The main character, Leah Breckenridge, has lost so much in her young life.  Her husband and her son have died, leaving her only with her six year old daughter, Eliza.  Leah has struggled unsuccessfully to make ends meet and now has nowhere to turn.  After selling their meager possessions, she is still unable to pay for their home and they are turned out into the street.  Leah is estranged from her father and the only relative she can think of for help is her husband’s aunt, Marigold.  Despite a paralyzing, life-long fear of trains, Leah boards a train from Missouri to Andersonville, Illinois and the boarding house of Aunt Marigold.  There she meets another relative, Josiah.  Josiah has suffered many losses of his own.  Will the two be able to help each other heal or are the wounds too deep?

My Take

Although this book takes place in the 1920’s and the circumstances of life are very different, people’s emotions are the same.  I found I could relate to Leah’s grief and her difficulty in facing her anxiety.  I especially related to the times surrounding her need to be brave for her child.  Don’t we all try to be our best person for our child?  With a four year old daughter of my own, I love reading stories with mothers and young children.

The author, Leisha Kelly, wrote some chapters from the perspective of Leah and others from the perspective of Josiah.  I found that added a dimension to the book, making it even more interesting.

Whenever tragedy strikes, people will question the nature of their relationship with God.  Leisha Kelly treats this subject with depth and intelligence as we see the characters of Leah and Josiah deal with it in their own lives.  Aunt Marigold, as her name implies, is a sunny, generous, and kind woman who constantly reminds the two of God’s love for them.

Grade:  B

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Disclosure: Thank you to Revell Books for sending me a copy of The House on Malcolm Street to review.  Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


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    I’m indifferent. Sometimes it’s fun to read about the past just to think about what it was like back then.

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    Linda Kish says:

    I usually read things in the present but don’t mind those set in the past.

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    Heather Henderson says:

    I love both kinds of books but I do love historical fiction. When it comes to current times I like non-fiction or memoirs though memoirs might be considered in the past.
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    I like both, but if they are written about the past they have to be accurate.

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    Carol Wong says:

    I prefer books that are set in the past. I will read both but often those in the past can make me aware how much different or more difficult was to live then. My husband and I lived off of milk and cereal for four day when a blizzard stuck us in his office. In contrast to that, when my cousin interviewed my uncle, he talked of only having staples of flour, salt to eat in the depression. It was so much worse and makes me thankful for what I have.


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    Yes! I prefer books set in a different time or place. My favorite is Bid Time Return.

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    Nicole C. says:

    I love books of all genre’s, but my all time favorite would have to be historical fiction.

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    I like the past but doesn’t make too much difference

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    I love books that have taken place in the past! I love going into a different era in time…one of my main hobbies is genealogy and I love anything historical. Not that I don’t like current times books.

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    I enjoy both, but find it more interesting reading books about the past!

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    The time period of a story doesn’t make a difference, I like stories set in all different dtime periods.

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    Jennifer Ryder says:

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    Ed Nemmers says:

    I like books set in the present, usually, but, an outstanding story can take me anywhere.

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    It doesn’t matter to long as it’s a good book!

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    Nice review!

    I thought that The House on Malcolm Street was an interesting, but heavy read. I have read several books by Leisha Kelly and enjoyed Julia’s Hope, Emma’s Gift and Katie’s Dream.

    The House on Malcolm Street was not a light hearted story. The issues it deals with are heavy and make for a daunting read sometimes. Does it have a lot of meaning packed into one novel? Yes, it is likely one you won’t forget about, but it’s kind of a rainy day book, if you know what I mean.

    I have also written a more in-depth review on my own site:


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    I like books that are set in earlier times. It gives me a break from the dealings in todays world. I want to be transferred back to a slower though not always a better time. Would like to win this book!!!!

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    When I said a “more in-depth review” I meant more in-depth compared to the short comment I had made.

    Sorry if that was unclear.


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