*The House of the Soul* by Annie Dawson


The House of the Soul is a captivating story about a woman’s struggle to find fulfillment. Ella had once felt as if she was making a difference in the world. She thought that being a wife and mother would have been enough for her, but it wasn’t. Although she loved David, their two boys and even their fixer-upper home in New Zealand, she was restless.

Ella missed her best friend Teri and the life that they once shared while in the Peace Corps. She longed for the gratifying feeling of changing lives. So when Teri invited her to a reunion at her home in California, Ella was elated. Tara was surprised though to find that David had already packed her bags.

Once Ella reached the states, the book filled with drama. Although Ella was catching up with friends and enjoying herself, she couldn’t rid her mind of the sleepy woman’s voice she heard when she rang David. Feeling insecure and as if she didn’t measure up, Ella was tempted when an actor began to flirt with her. But what really had Ella questioning her commitment to her family, was when Robert Blakeman, offered her a job traveling with him, and she said yes.

My favorite characters in this book were Teri and Sachi. They both suffered huge losses, but instead of wallowing in self-pity, they used their energy to help others. Teri opened her home to aspiring artists from all over the world, and Sachi sprinkled words of wisdom and love everywhere she went. I found the inspirational messages in this book amazing. Although I had unanswered questions at the end of the book, and didn’t find Tara’s relationship with her husband to be even a little bit realistic, I still found the novel enjoyable and entertaining.

~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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