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31 Dream Street - Lisa Jewell
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31 Dream Street - Lisa Jewell
Date: 05/03/12, updated on 14/07/13 (120 review reads)
Advantages: fabulous read
Ever since I read her novel 'Vince and Joy', a few years ago I have actively sought out everything else that Lisa Jewell has written and enjoyed them all equally. I'm not quite sure why but I have only just got round to reading '31 dream Street', published in 2007, and what a treat it has been! I read all of its 460 pages in a mere two days and I enjoyed every single page.
This book tells the story of two people - Leah and Toby - and also the story of a house. This house, which is owned by Toby, is a little run down and is filled by an odd assortment of people. Toby was given the house by his father when he got married, but when his wife left only three weeks later, he posted an advert letting rooms - 'rent negotiable but reasonable with preference given to artists and performers'. That was fifteen years previously and over the years the house has been filled with an eclectic mix of unusual performers. The present occupants are Ruby, Joanne, Con and Melinda - each with his or her own hard luck story to tell. There is also Gus, a sitting tenant, but when he suddenly passes away, everything changes and Toby starts to see possibilities for what he can do with the house. The only problem is that he is a nice quiet guy who does not want to upset anybody.
Across the road live Leah who has always been fascinated by the various occupants of the house but has never actually met any of them. However, when she discovers Gus's body in the snow, she helps Toby, and a new friendship is formed. Before long, Leah is helping Toby get to know his tenants better so that he can put his plans in action. Also, while she's at it, she reckons that she can help her new friend smarten up as well. With all of that going on, you might suspect this could all lead to a bit of romance but does it? You'll just have to read the book and find out!
If you do read it and if you are anything like me you will definitely find it compulsive reading. This is one of the most difficult books to put down because the story is so good, the characters are so appealing and the whole book is so well written and put together. It is very well paced with lots of individual stories all woven together perfectly. It's quite an unusual story as well and this is one thing that I do like about reading Lisa Jewell's books - they are all different so I never feel that there is anything formulaic about any of them. '31 Dream Street' is just an immensely readable book that you will not want to put down and you may even feel a little lost when you have finished it!
As you can tell, I think this book is brilliant and I definitely recommend it! It is currently available on Amazon in paperback for £5.17
Summary: Another great book from Lisa Jewell