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31 Dream Street

by Lisa Jewell

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Why is British "chic-lit" so much better than American? Fully realized characters, for starters. ( )
  KiernanMaire | Oct 25, 2017 |
Toby is given an enormous house (with one sitting tenant) by his father as a wedding present. When his wife leaves him after only three weeks of marriage, he starts taking in lodgers. These lodgers are waifs and strays and don't pay much rent. Toby tries to write poetry and becomes a bit of a recluse. Fifteen years later the sitting tenant finally dies and Toby is thereby introduced to Leah, who lives over the road. Toby's father is also coming to visit for the first time and Toby realizes that he needs to get the lodgers out, get the house in order and start living.

I enjoyed this novel, although it was quite a lot longer than it needed to be. I suppose it is not a romance novel as such, but Leah's dithering with Amitabh bothered me a little. There were moments of humour - Toby was very self-deprecating - but also some very poignant bits, including Joanne's backstory. I hated Ruby, but I suppose she was consistent.

The to do list that Toby writes in chapter 9 is completely different when he crosses item 12 off at the end... ( )
  pgchuis | Jun 1, 2017 |
This very long, long book was boring, boring, boring. English in content and intent was not what I was expecting from the description. ( )
  Bettesbooks | May 31, 2016 |
Enjoyable book. Like British chick lit. ( )
  shazjhb | Oct 31, 2015 |
A warm-hearted story that glows with sincere wisdom.
This book is much more than just about the comings and goings of tenants in a big, London house, which is in need of some tender loving care. It delves quite deeply into the characters' reasons for living in this particularly unique house and how along the line, each has lost a little bit of themselves or are unhappy in some way.
Stuck in a rut, they have dreams and they have unspoken wisdom - it just needs an outlet and willpower and new events to set them on a brighter path. It's here that the author shines so eloquently and true, as each gives a voice to their heart and starts to communicate. ( )
  StoryB | Aug 31, 2010 |
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In a rambling north London house, failed poet Toby Dobbs has created a refuge for people who need one. But when a quiet tragedy and an unwelcome letter interrupt Toby's sedate existence, he needs his housemates to find some direction in their lives - and fast.… (more)

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