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The Keeper of Lost Things Audiobook

The Keeper of Lost Things: A Novel

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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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    Grace Harris 05-13-17
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    "Fun"

    Overall a fun listen. Interesting story and lovely characters. It will make me think of the lives attached to lost things.

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    NMwritergal 02-26-17
    NMwritergal 02-26-17
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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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny 03-10-17
    Bonny 03-10-17 Member Since 2017

    Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.

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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.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly 04-10-17
    Shelly 04-10-17
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    "Enjoyable story"

    An enjoyable story. You have to have an open mind about the supernatural. And there are a lot of unnecessary swear words. The beginning is confusing until you understand the pattern of the storyline. It helps to have 3 different narrators. The ending has a nice "all loose ends tied" feeling.

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    Kindle Customer 03-19-17
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    "Delightful cup of tea!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Keeper of Lost Things the most enjoyable?

    Truly a listening treat. Character development that rings true for the majority of folks...social and emotional situations are hit spot on. The readers and the multiple voices they developed were true to the character descriptions. Reading this was an like early dose of spring!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keeper of Lost Things?

    Each time Sunshine spoke was an ahah moment.


    Which character – as performed by Jane Collingwood and Sandra Duncan – was your favorite?

    Sunshine


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost except it was great fun anticipating the next reading time slot.


    Any additional comments?

    Certainly not a complicated read but definitely most worthy of time and attention for anyone who likes to know the reason why behind life's situations! Visual descriptions were easy to develop based on the authors writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved this story."

    Loved this book. The narrators make each different aspect of this book unforgettable. I had a hard time putting it down or not thinking about it when I had to do regular adult business like work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    naomi 03-13-17
    naomi 03-13-17

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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.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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