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The House on Bellevue Gardens av Rachel Hore
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The House on Bellevue Gardens (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2016)

av Rachel Hore (Författare)

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Rosa has arrived in London from Poland to look for her younger brother Mikhail. He is supposed to be staying with their English father, but when she visits the house she finds it's locked up and there's no sign of either of them. She urgently needs work and somewhere to live while she continues her search, but what can she do and where can she go? Stef is running away from her boyfriend Oliver and the claustrophobic life she's been living in his opulent flat. Frightened, friendless and far from her family, she needs somewhere to hide. Rick is living in a limbo, a shy young man hiding from the world to write and draw and dream. How will he find fulfilment? All three find refuge at 11 Bellevue Gardens, the shabbiest house of a smart white-painted Georgian terrace in North London. Here, its owner Leonie herself once found sanctuary following a short career as a model in the sixties and a destructive marriage. Now, out of gratitude, she opens her house to others in need. However, as she helps Stef and Rosa and Rick to find their way, Leonie finds that once again the very foundations of her own life and happiness are under threat.… (mer)
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Titel:The House on Bellevue Gardens
Författare:Rachel Hore (Författare)
Info:Simon & Schuster UK (2016), Edition: UK ed., 464 pages
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Dit is zo'n gezellig en knusse roman. Heerlijk om te lezen, je hoeft niet echt na te denken en gewoon genieten van alle verwikkelingen waarvan je zo goed als zeker weet dat alles goed afloopt. Weer een prima boek van Rachel Hore. ( )
  connie53 | May 27, 2019 |
Very slow, couldn't finish. Just couldn't connect to the uninteresting characters ( )
  ElegantDancer | May 10, 2018 |
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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Rosa has arrived in London from Poland to look for her younger brother Mikhail. He is supposed to be staying with their English father, but when she visits the house she finds it's locked up and there's no sign of either of them. She urgently needs work and somewhere to live while she continues her search, but what can she do and where can she go? Stef is running away from her boyfriend Oliver and the claustrophobic life she's been living in his opulent flat. Frightened, friendless and far from her family, she needs somewhere to hide. Rick is living in a limbo, a shy young man hiding from the world to write and draw and dream. How will he find fulfilment? All three find refuge at 11 Bellevue Gardens, the shabbiest house of a smart white-painted Georgian terrace in North London. Here, its owner Leonie herself once found sanctuary following a short career as a model in the sixties and a destructive marriage. Now, out of gratitude, she opens her house to others in need. However, as she helps Stef and Rosa and Rick to find their way, Leonie finds that once again the very foundations of her own life and happiness are under threat.

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