Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The House on Malcolm Street, by Leisha Kelly
Kelly's 2010 book published by Revell is a historical novel addressing the grieving process. A young mother looses her husband in an accident leaving her destitute with a daughter to raise alone. With no place else to go Leah Breckenridge accepts an invitation by her late husband's aunt to come stay with her.

Josiah another boarder knows her husband from childhood. He lost his wife in an accident and blames himself for her death. Josiah works for the railroad and Leah has nightmares about trains. The aunt encourages Leah and Josiah to share their grief with each other. Only wanting to hide their pain, they fight the relationship.

The aunt a widow of long standing is in love with the man next door. He respect his father and his father's request not to hurt his standing in the Jewish community by his relationship with this Gentile woman. He struggles with his responsibility to his father and his standing in the Jewish community and his love for the Christian woman next door.

The story is about healing. Showing the process of building a different life when all you hoped for is destroyed. A story of standing where your heart aches and you find the nightmares wake you in the night. Leah learns the reason for nightmare that have plagued her since childhood and allows healing to come.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. Please check out the authors website: and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group to see more about this book of comfort and loss.

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