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Publisher's Summary

A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel 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 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 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 things, Laura holds the key to Anthony's 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 a 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.

©2017 Ruth Hogan (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Charming story with great narration

Charming. Clever. Some comic relief, mixed with poignant moments. Many likeable characters, making for an enjoyable story with a happy ending. No cliff hanger requiring a follow up book.

I listened to this book via Audible and found the two narrators to be super, really adding to the story. One voice narrated Laura, and the second did Eunice. Both really good.

The book description on the website accurately describes the plot and the book doesn’t veer off in an unexpected direction.

A member of my book group had planned to skim past the stories about the lost things, which would be a mistake.

Two major timelines throughout the book converge near the end, solving important puzzles that were going on throughout the story. Overall, an uplifting finish that brought people together, helped them resolve a few personal demons, allowed them perform unselfish acts for others, making new friends along the way.

Really enjoyed it. Four stars.

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  • Teri
  • Ogden, UT, USA
  • 12-03-17

Loved this sweet book

I loved all the parts of this book and loved how it all came together. Hope she has more.

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A wonderful story. It will warm your heart.

Fabulous story of love,mystery, loss and redemption, A book wonderful to listen to . Listen to it.

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  • Ruth
  • Newton, MA
  • 10-12-17

Insipid

I really tried with this book, but I had to put it down. The cutesy, but actually offensive, portrayal of "Sunshine," a character with Down Syndrome, started to make me nauseous. And with only two hours to go until the end, I realized I didn't care one bit about the characters. They're flat, and Freddy doesn't seem to be a character at all--just a manifestation of someone's underdeveloped idea of a perfect young man.

The book reads like a student's first draft, and someone should have addressed this before publication. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very disappointed in this audiobook

The story had potential. I loved the idea of this book. However the story was sadly under developed. Because the characters were so sadly under developed, they lacked depth and therefore I was unable to develop that crucial reader/character bond essential to a good story. Overall, this book had the quality of a middle creative writing assignment. Finally, something must be said about boyfriends voice. It was absolutely awful-like a bad joke only worse. I'm sorry I wasted a credit on this book.

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I had hoped for a deeper look at Lost Things.

I so looked forward to the publication of The Keeper of Lost Things, but my great anticipation of what this book might be could have been why I felt somewhat disappointed. Anthony Peardew has suffered the great loss of his beloved Therese, but he also lost a medallion that she had given him. These events set in motion his life's work of picking up lost things no matter their value, cataloging them, and storing them in his home with the idea of restoring them to their owners.

"It had been in his pocket as he stood waiting for Therese on the corner of Great Russell Street. But she never came, and by the time he got home that day, he had lost them both. He went back to look for the medallion. He searched the streets and gutters, but he had known that it was a hopeless task. It was as though he had lost her twice. It was the invisible thread that would have connected him to her even after she was gone, but now it was broken along with his promise to her. And so it was that he began to gather other people's lost things; gather them in and keep them safe, just in case one day, one of them could mend a broken heart, and thus redeem a broken man."

Anthony hires Laura to assist him, and there are a host of other characters that enter into the novel. It is a perfectly pleasant story, but after the initial few chapters, the writing and plot became a bit too disjointed and rambling. It is whimsical and light-hearted, but too much so for me, a reader hoping for a deeper look at lost things.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Charming, well-written story with wonderful...

...audio narration.

This book had a little bit of everything: literary fiction with an interesting storyline and structure with themes of life-long friendship, loss, grief, love/romance, a bit of a ghost story with interesting characters (including dogs!)--with a bit of diversity if not in race then in other ways (don't want to spoil anything).

It took me a few chapters to figure out what was going on due to the structure, but I enjoyed those seemingly unrelated short chapters when I understood what the author was doing.

There were parts that were quite funny--helped along by the audio narrator--though it was a serious book. The author's light touch and the humor made it a delight rather than a depressing read.

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Misleading

Would you try another book from Ruth Hogan and/or Jane Collingwood and Sandra Duncan ?

Not if it involves ghosts. There is nothing in the review to inform us that this is a story where a ghost plays a prominent part after YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING FOR SEVERAL HOURS. There is now over 2 hours left and now the characters are dealing with a ghost!?!?! Why does it not tell anything about it in the synopsis? I know it is a novel but now I am completely disinterested and feel tricked.

Has The Keeper of Lost Things turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Well written but readable only if you like totally and completely impossible stories.

Any additional comments?

I think this story was misrepresented and would like a refund.

4 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Awesome Story!

This story kept me captivated from beginning to the very last word. So cleverly written, & so beautifully read. This will be one I read again & treasure.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Enchanting!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story & the performance! I felt like I was a part of the story, and listened every spare minute- even when I wasn't supposed to be. A lovely guilty pleasure that made me - more than once - crave The Lovely Cup of Tea.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful