Friday, April 13, 2018

Review: The House of the Soul

TITLE: The House of the Soul
AUTHOR: Annie Dawson
RELEASE DATE: August 23rd, 2016
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Homemaker Ella Casey is circling the middle-age drain. Her once adventurous life is now measured in loads of laundry, her grand dreams of changing the world diluted with each rinse cycle. When she flies to the enchanting California estate of her best friend Teri for a Peace Corps reunion, the accomplishments of her peers threaten to soak up the last drops of Ella’s floundering self-esteem.
Teri Flores is everything Ella is not: glamorous, wealthy, and fearless. Her sprawling mansion, La Casa Del Alma, serves as both artists’ retreat and modern day salon to Teri’s eclectic entourage. Teri entertains her guests with lavish meals, outrageous activities, and impassioned debates, but the weekend sours when old grievances mix with new ambitions.
As past and present collide, Ella struggles to redefine herself, but will her growing need to validate her life end up destroying it?
THE HOUSE OF THE SOUL is a journey of love, loss, and friendship, and a treasure map for anyone brave enough to embark on the precarious voyage of self-discovery. 

Annie Dawson grew up bouncing around the United States. She began writing while studying Communications and Journalism at the University of Hawaii. After graduation, she worked in television news before joining a leading advertising agency in Honolulu. There she produced a wide variety of documentaries, industrials, and television commercials. At the age of 30, Dawson left the corporate world and traveled to Ghana as a Peace Corps volunteer. Soon after her return from West Africa she married her soulmate and moved with him to New Zealand. Together they are raising two beautiful boys and a variety of two, three and four-legged pets.

I always say that if a book makes you cry, laugh or get mad, the book deserves lots of stars because somehow it touched your emotions and made you feel something, good or bad you felt something just by reading. ´The House of the Soul´ did that for me and more. I don't know if it was the timing, the excellent writing or just the story. I ended up devouring the book and loving Ella. I cried when I lost sight of the vision that separates fiction from reality. Just let me tell you that if you want to read a book that makes your heart and mind blow you need to read this.

Ella is a typical middle age mother with the same hopes and dreams as any of us. A reunion with her Peace Corps friends is the perfect occasion for her to re-define her life. Of course that at first she only compares her achievements and her life with the others and it doesn't turn out good.
So through the story (jumping from past to present), we have to re-live Ella's life to decide what to do next.

Ella is everything I want in a character human, imperfect, real and totally relatable. Her desire to do more with her life and her constant internal struggle because she feels unachieved or a fraud is something I think we all experience at some point in our lives. We like to believe we can change the world and we forget that just saving one life is enough. We are always trying to do what we are supposed to do and others opinion impacts in our choices in ways we cannot imagine.

The different characters help Ella and us to think about life and what truly matters. The pages move too fast and the reading is more than enjoyable.

I recommend and loved this book and would read it again and again.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoy emotional reads and this seems like it would be one that I'd love. Glad you loved it too.


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