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Housing Elephants by [Lloyd-Jones, Eleanor]
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Raised in a little village in North Wales, a fierce love of books and reading was instilled in Eleanor by her parents from a very early age, and she has vivid memories of reading secretly under the blankets with a torch for hours after lights out, often getting caught! She was blown away by The Borribles Trilogy - Michael De Larrabeiti at nine years old, and it was then that she fell head over heels with idea of imaginary worlds. A persistent and professional daydreamer, something she still prides herself on being, she spent most of her early childhood inside her own head making up stories or scenarios, climbing trees, building dens or doing anything arts and crafty. Music also played a huge part of her young life. Growing up on The Beatles, U2 and Status Quo, her obsession with Top of the Pops and vinyl twelve inches grew into a love affair with music that has only grown and expanded over time: there is rarely a moment where music is not playing in her life, and in turn, rarely a time when she is not singing, even if it is in her head! She had always thought she would write a book some day - it has been an ambition for as long as she can remember - and has always been told that she ‘has a way with words’. Over the years, she’s dabbled in the odd piece of prose, helped friends to write letters and résumés and prides herself on her hilarious lyrical genius when composing poems for friends birthdays! Life, however, got in the way and her dream was stored on the back burner as she put herself through university and started a family. It was only when she was nearing the ‘forty’ milestone that she decided it was time she got some of the ramblings and chatterings in her head down on paper. A creative, guitar-playing mum of one boisterous, but pretty damn cool boy, she classes herself as a Yorkshire gal now after moving to Leeds when she was eleven. Eleanor works full time as a teacher, but grabs every spare minute she can to write; be it on the train, lunchtimes at school or foregoing sleep for an extra hour or two in the evenings. Her hope for the future is for people to fall in love with her characters as much as she does. Not a big ask really!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Eleanor Lloyd-Jones (20 Nov. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017MTTCTQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Housing Elephants is a stunning debut novel from Eleanor Lloyd Jones.

Billy and Eve are two lost souls you just can't help falling in love with right from the start of the book. You find yourself rooting for them right from the off, hoping that they can take the connection that's so obvious between them and allow it to somehow heal their brokenness.

Billy's life is an unbelievably difficult one. His family has been torn apart by one of the cruelest diseases there is and he's left shouldering the weight of both his and his father's grief. He deals with far too many burdens for somebody his age, sacrificing his own dreams somewhere along the way. At times I just wanted to pluck him from the story and give his battered and bruised soul a hug and tell him everything would be alright in the end.

Eve lives an isolated life, cutting herself off from the rest of the world for reasons that, at the start of the story, she doesn't quite understand yet. She's spent her entire life (or what she can remember of it) up to this point running away from anybody who tries to get close to her. She has walls erected around her that seem impenetrable and she likes it that way. She doesn't realise just how lonely the road she's walking is until Billy hammers relentlessly on those walls, unwilling to give up on the beautiful soul he sees beneath her fear and isolation.

When these two come together, it makes for a gripping and beautiful read that kept me turning the pages well into the night. The characters are real, flawed and relatable and the very real, very difficult issues are dealt with in a sensitive but extremely emotional way. I'm not ashamed to say that I cried in several places.
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I was honoured to be asked to read this in the very early stages of its editing, and boy, was I glad that I said yes. There are some characters that are created which simply embed themselves into your very core, and Billy and Eve were definitely those kinds of characters for me.

Eleanor Lloyd-Jones has smashed it with her debut novel. This is a story about the kind of love that only happens once in a lifetime and Billy's and Eve's attraction leaps off the pages. There are some heart racing, heartbreaking moments, and there are times when you just have to take a look away, suck in a breath and prepare yourself for what's ahead, but never... not once will you want to put this book down and pull yourself out of their world. I love the fact that it is set in York, too. It just made the whole story all the more real, relatable and beautiful to me.

The characters each had their own struggles, and the issues that surround us all in everyday life weren't hidden or glorified. They were laid out bare for all to see, and for every reader to engage with. Eve, is broken, so broken she thinks there's no hope of her ever being repaired, but Billy (not exactly living the dream life himself) simply refuses, no matter how hard she tries to push him away, to give up on her. Those are the book boyfriends we all love and want to cherish. The ones that make every girl who has ever suffered any kind of heartbreak, believe that there's a Billy out there watching over them, too.

I could go on and on about this real-life romance, but I think it's one of those novels that you should go into as blind as possible. So just take my word for it. Buy the book! Well done to ELJ on this brilliant debut. I wish you all the luck in the world in your publishing life. You've just shown with Housing Elephants how much you deserve to be right in the thick of it.
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I absolutely loved this story.

This whole booked had me gripped. Eleanor really captured all of the emotions possible in this book.

I feel in love with Eve right from the beginning. I felt like her personality and struggles with her anxiety were written perfectly. As she tried to build up her relationship with her friends and especially billy, it was great that you got to follow her while she overcome it. I felt so connected to Eve and felt like I was struggling along with her, going through all of her processes one at a time, instead of them being there, then they suddenly disappear.

This wasn't just a typical love story, as Billy and Eves relationship grew, I felt so proud of Eve for overcoming her barriers and pushing herself to get out of her bubble and overcome her weaknesses and struggles.

The support they offered each other made my heart swell and made me so thankful that that's the kind of relationship I have.

The relationship between billy and his parents had me in tears. I felt so sad for Billy and for his dad. Billy being treated the way he was, when he was trying to deal with everything just as much as his dad. His mum was a whole other story, I teared up every time she came up in the book.

Absolutely sobbed my heart out for the ending. Use to reading a typical and they all lived happily ever after, but this one ended with a twist. As gutted and heartbroken as I was for Eve at the end, I am so glad that Billy finally got to what was right for him and put himself first for once, instead of always having to look after everyone else.

This book is a must read!!!!!
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