Review: The House that Sat Down
The House That Sat Down Trilogy: Omnibus Edition
Inspired by a true story, The House That Sat Down Trilogy is a tale of triumph over tragedy. It is an astonishing account of sudden, first-world homelessness in the heart of the New Forest, and the unexpected consequences. Written entirely from a mother’s point of view, following the collapse of her family's home, it is an uplifting and positive read in spite of the subject matter, with a thread of wry humour throughout. Follow this ordinary woman on an extraordinary journey of survival and self discovery as she reels from disaster, before picking herself up and coming back stronger and wiser than before.
Packed with humorous observations about what it is like to live in a tent in your garden with your husband and four children after a significant part of your house falls down out of the blue one day, this story takes you from the depths of despair right through to the satisfying heights of success against the odds, with lots of tea and cakes on the way.
With any luck, none of us reading this will ever stand in a literal rubble of our lives. I can’t even imagine the despair that would follow as the major source of stability and function in our family slowly tore itself apart. Yet here we find the family at the heart of this story.
The book is quite charming despite its literal and figurative collapse and rebuild of previously stable lives. In the beginning, I struggled with the time jumps, but those became easier to follow as I got more involved in the story. The use of first and second person as a storytelling g device is also a little tricky to maneuver. But neither of those issues made the book less enjoyable - just a bit more quirky.
There’s plenty to live here - the warmth of the family shines through and the sense of humor makes the weighty portions more bearable. I found the story quite inspirational. May we all find reasons to laugh and love whenever life decides to crack apart whatever is holding us together.
About the Author
I am a multi-tasking parent to four not-so-small children, and I am fortunate enough to be married to (probably) the most patient man on the planet. We live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country. Our house began to fall down out of the blue one day, which resulted in the whole family living in a tent in the back garden for quite some time, while we worked out how to rebuild our home.
A few years afterwards, I decided to write a book and, once I started, I found I couldn’t stop.