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The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things –  Ruth Hogan

I was sent this to review so long ago that its been out to buy for MONTHS. Sorry. I got distracted by all the things, but I did at least manage to finish it in the year I was sent it, so that’s something at least!

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 fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently 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.

This was an interesting read and something very different to what I’m used to. It is essentially two main stories with a few mini stories interspersed within the pages. We start off with Anthony’s story, wracked with guilt for having lost a prized posession belonging to his late fiance, he begins finding and collecting lost things which he creates stories about and collates in anthologies, some of which are published. He leaves his collection, the house and everything in it to his housekeeper, the somewhat lost herself, Laura. Laura, with the help of her neighbour, Sunshine and the gardener, Freddy take it upon themselves to finish Anthony’s work and reunite the lost items with their owners. This is told alongside Eunice’s story as she starts working at a publishers and finds something interesting on her way home, which she too wants to return to its original owner.

This was charming and warm, especially at this time of the year. Maybe I won’t say that I didn’t get round to it, maybe we’ll say that I was keeping it for when it was cold… Yeah, that sounds better. There is whimsy, humour and interesting characters aplenty with an almost fairytale feel to it, honestly this was so fun to read and such a lovely distraction to the imminent end of the year!

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