Review: The House of the Soul: A Novel

The House of the Soul: A Novel The House of the Soul: A Novel by Annie Dawson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ella is a middle aged married mother to two prepubescent boys. Although she loves her family she yearns to make do something to make a difference in the world. She thought she had the opportunity years ago when she lived in Ghana while working with the Peace Corps but left before doing anything of note. Years later she is reunited with her Peace Corps friends as they reminisce on old times, put together some charity events, and remember who their true friends are. Will Ella return to her family or return to Ghana to make that difference?

This book is told in present day with flashbacks to Ella’s time in Ghana. The past backstory really helped flesh out any questions that were left in the present day storyline. Ella is a relatable character facing the same worries many people face, and I enjoyed reading her character arc. I also found her friendship with Teri to be very enjoyable to read, especially in the later flashbacks. Sometimes the present day story dragged out and I would rather have read more flashbacks as I found that storyline more interesting. I did find this book hard to get into, but about halfway through things started to pick up and come together and made it more enjoyable. Ms. Dawson has a lot of great ideas and I look forward to what else she has to share. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars.

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