Author: Ruth Hogan
Publisher: Two Roads
Published: 26th January 2017
Source: Publisher via Bookbridgr
Genre: Adult Fiction
Date read: 21st February 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads:
MEET THE ‘KEEPER OF LOST THINGS’…
Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life lovingly collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.
Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.
But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters…
With an unforgettable cast of characters that includes young girls with special powers, handsome gardeners, irritable ghosts and an array of irresistible four-legged friends, The Keeper of Lost Things is a debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that will leave you bereft once you’ve finished reading.
WE’RE ALL JUST WAITING TO BE FOUND…
First off I would like to thank the publisher Two Roads and Bookbridgr for sending me a copy of this book to review.
‘The Keeper of Lost Things’ is a charming light read that has a little bit of everything. There is Romance,Loss,mystery and a little bit of paranormal activity. The one word that keeps popping up in my mind when I think about describing this book is ‘Quaint’
There are two stories to this book that come together at the end. One story is set in London where we follow Laura. Laura is starting to get her life back together after her failed marriage and starts to work for Anthony Peardew as domestic help. Anthony is an acclaimed short story writer, his stories are based on items that he finds, such as a hair bobble. He keeps all these little treasures hoping that one day they can be returned to their rightful owners. After Anthony’s passing, Laura finds herself a home owner with a mission to return these lost items.
The other story follows the friendship of Eunice and Bomber. Eunice starts working for publicist Bomber as a personal assistant. Set in Brighton, we follow their lengthy relationship with gently interweaves with Laura’s story.
I really enjoyed this book, I liked the two different story lines that were going on it worked wonderfully and I really enjoyed finding out how they were connected. I loved the characters, we had Sunshine, a young down syndrome girl who befriends Laura and wants to help as much as possible with the return of all the knick knacks. She also has this special sense, she seems to understand how people are feeling and seems to know what the ghostly presence in the house wants. Laura has some amazing character development, she is broken and doesn’t feel attractive or that anyone would look at admiringly ever again to a woman who starts to gain confidence and relationship with a hot gardener. All the different characters make this book interesting, they are all unique and have backstories.
Overall this was a fantastic debut novel by Ruth Hogan, there were laugh out loud moments and there were sad times. The writing was beautiful, incredibly descriptive and a great read. I am excited to see what she comes out with next.
I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars
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