The House of the Soul by Annie Dawson

I have received a free e-copy of the book The House of the Soul by Annie Dawson to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

The House of the Soul by Annie Dawson

Here is the book blurb.

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.

Ella leaves her family back home in New Zealand whilst she flies to California for a reunion with her associates from her time spent in the Peace Corps in Ghana 13 years ago. This is hosted by her very rich best friend Teri. Charlie collects her from the airport in a limo and a packed itinerary follows, including awards dinner for which she has nothing to wear. Inbetween there is pampering from Sachi, one of Teri’s resident artists, who does massage and yoga workshops too.

The book is interspersed with plenty of flashbacks to their time in Ghana.

Ella is full of self-doubt when she unpacks the suitcase that her husband David had packed for her. Sweatpants, t-shirts etc. Nothing elegant at all. Is this how David sees her now? Teri to the rescue with a huge choice of designer dresses in Ella’s size. And then to meet up with all the others before another limo ride to the awards, where actor Ben, Master of Ceremonies for the evening takes a shine to Ella. How does she react?

Meanwhile how do the old gang all mix together now? Pleasantly or will sparks fly? I’m not going to say any more. You’ll have to read it to see how the story develops.

The House of the Soul is available on Amazon, currently priced at £11.99 in paperback or £3.96 in Kindle format. I loved this book and highly recommend it. A great read.

However I’m not convinced that the cover does justice to the book. Although a lovely picture, it is irrelevant to the story-line.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

12 thoughts on “The House of the Soul by Annie Dawson

  1. Kate Holmes

    I am trying to work out whether I would like this or not and get the sense it must be based on some real experience somehow. It is going to be one of those Marmite books and like with Marmite the only way to know for sure is to give it a try. I think we all have that feeling sometimes that we don’t quite measure up to other people and it is all about what we think and not at all how others necessarily view us.


    1. mumjd Post author

      Yes the story was great, but you’re right that the cover doesn’t do the book any favours. The cover reminds me of the video clip on the credits of Birds of a Feather


  2. Abigail Cullen

    Thank you, for the book review, this sounds an interesting read, and the type of story line I might just purchase.



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