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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

The Smell of Other People’s Houses is a beautifully written, enchanting novel that brings a breath of fresh air into the world of YA.

Invited into the homes of Alaskan families, I discovered warm, rich characters whose lives interweave in extraordinary ways.

I know very little about Alaska, other than it’s my husband dream destination! But with Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock’s ability to make the history and culture of Alaska come alive, it’s now a place I would love to explore with him.

Recommended age: 13+4 Star

Title: The Smell of Other People’s Houses
Author: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Publication Date: 23 February 2016Other peoples houses
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Source: ARC

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In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.
Four very different lives are about to become entangled.
— Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received an advanced review copy of this book from the publisher does not influence my policy to write an honest review.


  1. Now see, I really like *your* cover! 🙂

    Great review of a fine, fine book!

  2. I’ve been eyeballing this one!

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