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The Library of Lost and Found

Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the international best-selling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.

Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people - though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. And yet, sometimes, it feels like she’s invisible. 

All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend - her grandmother Zelda - who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda’s past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever. 

Filled with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and vivid characters, The Library of Lost and Found is a heartwarming and poignant tale of how one woman must take control of her destiny to write her own happy ending.

©2019 Phaedra Patrick (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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  • Jane M.
  • Valley of Virginia
  • 04-10-19

Fine Line between quirky and ludicrous.....

...was crossed. The characters started in the familiar dysfunctional family storyline: Everybody Hurting But Some Characters Try To Cope, Understand, Forgive, Grow-up, Move-on, Etc. Despite the cliched plot the lead characters and general writing were very charming- largely due to an EXCELLENT narrator! But, as the story progressed and more was revealed the ending became a political statement leaving the characters reactions and behaviors .....rather absurd....Silly.

Postscriptrant: Bet I’m older than many (okay, most) of y’all. I’ve read many books (NOT most). I am rising out of the walker to say “I am tired of all the political agendas often crudely shoved into endings to explain/justify all the dysfunction we just read (even if I agree). No subtlety. They have become the new ‘Deus Ex Machina’.
Just sayin’....”
(All done, thanks.....I’m taking my C-PAP to bed!)

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Undecided

I’m not really sure how I feel about this book. The narration was fantastic (which is what kept me listening) and yes, the characters were “real” but I’m not sure how I feel about the story line itself. It didn’t leave me happy, sad, motivated or anything at all really. There were no Ah Ha! moments, nothing pulled at my heartstrings and there was nothing that made me laugh out loud even though the author does have a sense of humor. The main character is passive and meek and lets everybody take advantage of her and then she doesn’t but she really didn’t take control of her life either.. It’s a story, not terrible but not great either. For me it was just “good”.

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Charming

This was a lovely and Ah-mazing story! I loved all of the characters and the narrator really brought the story to life.

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SWEET BUT FRUSTRATING AND SO POLITICALLY OUT OF DATE

I am sorry, but no matter how Phaedra Patrick tried to sugar coat and make it about toleration for others, the father was abusive and disgusting and an all together despicable human being not worthy of forgiveness. I found the mother, Betty, although a typical victim of abuse, frustrating. I certainly did not think Zelda needed to apologize for trying to stand up to the bullying . All in all too many excuses for the father’s behavior. Ruined the story for me and made me wonder if the author herself had dealt with such abuse and was still looking for ways to forgive. I wasn’t particularly impressed with the way Martha handled the truth either, even though I realize she was trying to emphasize that this behavior passes on. I can appreciate the way Ms Patrick tried to weave these tentacles together but I wasn’t fooled. A real fairy tale ending but I wasn’t happy. I am 74 by the way and not a feminist but I do respect strength of character and kindness and toleration for the human condition. I have witnessed it all as I grew up my own family complete with tragedies and disappointments and moments of ecstasy. I agree with the author that we should live in the moment. Sadly, I would not recommend this book.

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very charming tale. truly enjoyed the storey... characters you could believe and relate to... whimsical

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Rich, engaging characters!

I very much enjoyed the diverse and real characters in this story. Each plays an important role and brings their unique joys and foibles to the table. The story is intriguing and entertaining. I wish I had an Owen wanting to take me for coffee and cake!

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