24 February 2017

The Keeper of Lost Things - Review

The Keeper of Lost Things
by Ruth Hogan

What they say: A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancĂ©e, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: The Keeper of Lost Things is refreshingly charming, honest and sweet. It's pretty different to most of the other books I've read recently. Instead of angst ridden drama or YA fantasy, Ruth Hogan's story is playful and quaint - the definition of whimsy.

As I Brit it's always fun to come across an interesting story set in England. In The Keeper of Lost Things we're treated to several stories, set in many places. Although it's far more than just two character's stories. I loved how the many plots are seamlessly worked together into one book.

I love the idea of finding long lost objects and returning them to their former owners. Anthony deals with his heartbreak by returning lost items and writing marvellous stories about them. Laura finds herself taking over Anthony's mission and creating a new life for herself in the process.

Sunshine never failed to bring a smile to my face, and I enjoyed the funnier moments with Freddy.

The supernatural, ghostly elements added even more whimsy - I kept hoping we'd discover more clues about Eunice.

"It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves." - T. S. Eliot

4 Stars in my Sky!


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