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The House on Bellevue Gardens (original 2016; edition 2016)

by Rachel Hore (Author)

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Title:The House on Bellevue Gardens
Authors:Rachel Hore (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster Ltd (2016), Edition: UK ed., 464 pages
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The House on Bellevue Gardens by Rachel Hore (2016)

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Very slow, couldn't finish. Just couldn't connect to the uninteresting characters ( )
  ElegantDancer | Aug 12, 2017 |
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Review will be added later.
  crisana | Jun 2, 2016 |
"Learning to fly again...to get the hang of living once more", 18 Mar. 2016

This review is from: The House on Bellevue Gardens (Hardcover)
Perhaps I'm being unfair writing this review, as it's for a genre of book I never read myself - but I appreciate many people love. Was lent a couple of books by an acquaintance and felt duty-bound to read one, and this was much better than Victoria Hislop!
A story of very two-dimensional characters living in a beautiful house in London under the eye of elderly Leonie. There's an Indian couple (who only really feature to do the cooking), a strange old curmudgeon of an artist in the basement - and then our three young characters, whose stories are interposed with Leonie's own to form the plotline. Rosa, who's come over from Warsaw to find her missing brother ... drippy Stef, fleeing a somewhat abusive relationship ... equally drippy Rick, Tesco worker and part-time graphic novel writer... and Leonie's missing, no-good grandson Jamie.
It was readable and mildly interesting I suppose. ( )
  starbox | Mar 18, 2016 |
The format of this book is a little confusing at first, with short sections from different viewpoints. There are four main characters: Stef, who has just left a controlling relationship; Rosa, who is searching for her brother in London; Rick, a young and shy graphic artist, and Leonie who owns the large rambling house where they all live. Leonie is a delightful person, whose story - past and present - unfolds through the book. There are some caricatures, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

It’s quite slow-moving, character-based rather than having a clear plot. The writing flows poetically in places; the author’s use of description and setting are excellent. The recurring theme is that of freedom, and the many ways in which people can be trapped. There’s a bird stuck in a chimney whose struggles and eventual fate mirror the lives of several of the people.

The last few chapters felt a bit hurried, with one or two surprises and much that was predictable. But it’s a thought-provoking book, and I enjoyed it. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Mar 8, 2016 |
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Hidden behind a busy street in north London, Camden way, is a tranquil garden square.
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Lost behind a busy N London street is a tranquil garden square. You might pass it without knowing it's there. The terraced houses are white-iced like giant wedding cakes. At some remote point in its history someone named it Bellevue Gardens. However shabby and rundown now, Number 11 must once have been the most splendid in the square. It stands at the centre of the left-hand terrace, its single doorbell a sign that it hasn't been turned into flats. Here behind the imposing front door of the house on Bellevue Gardens, is a place of peace, of sanctuary and of secrets.
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