The Library of Lost and Found

A Novel
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
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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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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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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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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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Disappointing

I found “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper” by accident, and was delighted by the story. That lead me to read Patrick’s second, and now third, book. Yet, each book seems to have less charm than the next. This may be my final book by this author.

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Not As Good As “Arthur Pepper”

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Too many unlikeable characters and the exposition is too drawn out. Could have been an interesting concept, but ultimately too predictable.

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How to tame your family of origin

This was a wonderful coming of age story about a very late bloomer who mistook her existence as a woman to me that of a doormat.

Great relationships with the characters who were quite well developed.

Highly recommended.

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A delicious book to get lost in!

I recommend, The Library of Lost and Found, to readers who delight in falling into a good book. If you enjoy stepping into Narnia or taking the train to Hogwarts, you will enjoy this book! Imogene Church, narrates with the perfect accent and excitement, that this book deserves.

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loved this

Imogen Church is my favorite narrator so far bringing the characters to life with well defined different voices. It was a joy to listen to and the story while somewhat predictable was very entertaining and charming. There was never conversation or prose to fill in the pages, each word carried the story onward with humor (very difficult to write) and charm.

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So-so

A good story, but could have been much shorter. It dragged in several places and I lost interest.

I adore Imogen Church, and she did not disappoint in this production.

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Loved it!

There are so many Martha's out there who can't see their own worth. And so many others who ate fighting battles we'r know nothing of. A great story about finding yourself and becoming who you were meant to be.

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