Lacey’s House by Joanne Graham

Lacey's HouseLacey’s House by Joanne Graham

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this beautiful little book by Joanne Graham. I requested it on a bit of a whim from Legend Press on NetGalley, because I have really enjoyed several other of their titles, and because a story of female friendship in the south of England appealed to me.
I hoped I might enjoy this debut novel, but I had no idea it would be one of my favorite books I’ve read thus far this year.
   Lacey’s House tells the story of Rachel, a young woman who has recently miscarried, and who lives an isolated life, with memories of a tragic childhood. After she loses her baby, she decides to move somewhere new, to run away from her demons, and try to make a fresh start.
Rachel buys a cottage in a small village in Devon. Shortly after moving in, she meets her closest neighbor, an old woman named Lacey. Lacey is the town “witch,” someone who has always been a little different, and who has therefore been the victim of children’s pranks, and who is treated with contempt by most of her neighbors. Lacey also has a sad past, with multiple secrets that haunt her.
When Lacey and Rachel meet, the two women, although different in age, and with very different life experiences, sense a kinship in one another. The friendship that develops between them will heal and change them both in ways they could never have imagined.
Lacey’s House is a gentle novel; the author dedicated it to her grandmother, and the story conveys a sense of love in the value it places on female friendships.
But despite the fact that the novel, for the most part, chronicles seemingly ordinary events, it is unexpectedly moving and powerful.
And the story is strongest in its final chapters, which literally brought a lump to my throat and made me cry. Lacey’s House ends with lyrical writing, and leaves the reader with a sense of joy. It is a novel about grief, about healing, about friendship, and about the value of every human being, no matter how invisible they may appear to the world at large.
I am so glad that Joanne Graham wrote Lacey’s House, and hope she continues to share her gift of storytelling in the future.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cleopatralovesbooks
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 23:50:48

    I bought a copy of this but haven’t got around to reading it yet so thanks for a great review ( and the reminder) 🙂


  2. Hannah
    Mar 01, 2014 @ 09:25:27

    I specifically thought that this might be a book you would enjoy….hope you like it. 🙂


  3. Trackback: To the Edge of Shadows by Joanne Graham | Read This Book

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