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The Keeper of Lost Things: A Novel

The Keeper of Lost Things: A Novel

Ditulis oleh Ruth Hogan

Diceritakan oleh Jane Collingwood dan Sandra Duncan


The Keeper of Lost Things: A Novel

Ditulis oleh Ruth Hogan

Diceritakan oleh Jane Collingwood dan Sandra Duncan

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4.5/5 (406 peringkat)
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8 hours
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Feb 21, 2017
ISBN:
9780062660541
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Deskripsi

A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of 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 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.

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Feb 21, 2017
ISBN:
9780062660541
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Tentang penulis

Ruth Hogan describes herself as a “rapacious reader, writer, and incorrigible magpie” whose own love of small treasures and curiosities and the people around her inspired her first novel. She lives north of London.



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  • (4/5)
    Nice cover. Good story. I like finding lost things, but never thought to write stories about them, true or not.
  • (4/5)
    A pleasant little book; I suppose I’d call it a mild paranormal romance, with both the paranormal and romance parts understated. The protagonist is a recently divorced lady acting as a housekeeper for an eccentric London author collects and meticulously catalogs random objects he finds on his walks – the “Lost Things” of the title; there’s a parallel story of a publisher’s secretary; one of the fun things is how the two tales eventually merge. A little predictable but still fun. Can’t say too much more lest spoilers.
  • (4/5)
    A quirky, mostly gentle novel about a woman who needs to find her way again who is left a house and a collection of "lost things" (mostly small found objects like gloves and buttons) by her employer. He wanted her to return them to their owners. The story is peopled with the house's gardener (the love interest), a teenager from next door (a new friend), and a ghost (maybe?), and interspersed among the main narrative are the stories of many of the lost things. Pulled me along and was a pleasant diversion, but little of it has stuck with me.
  • (4/5)
    What a gentle, whimsical debut this book was. I adored the front cover and from the start I was drawn in. I loved the short stories Anthony penned about the lost objects he found, and I often found myself smiling at them. His attention to detail and the care he took to label and catalogue each item was touching, considering how inconsequential most of them were.I also enjoyed the two parallel stories with their charming range of quirky characters that were woven throughout the novel. Although I found Laura, Freddy and Sunshine's story more interesting, Bomber and Eunice's tale was still touching and I liked how the author brought the two stories together at the end.Sunshine, especially, was a wonderful character with her quiet wisdom and I loved how she called herself a dancing drome when she mean she had Down's Syndrome. Even her intuition about the owners of the lost things wasn't too bad and it did give a sweet element to the story.Then there were the dogs - Carrot, Douglas and Baby Jane - who brought humour and touching canine devotion to "The Keeper of Lost Things" and all three played an integral role. Actually, the only part of the story I didn't like was the ghostly element which played quite an important part, especially in the second-half of the book."The Keeper of Lost Things" was beautifully written with a little bit of everything - romance, mystery, magic, loss, hope and redemption. A sweet, feel-good read.
  • (3/5)
    My rating: 3.75

    This is a difficult one for me as I liked this a lot but didn't love it which was a bit of a disappointment. I loved the premise but found the characters a bit 'twee.' I preferred the second half of the book, in the first half my mind wondered off a bit. Nevertheless, it is well-written, funny and sad in bits too. Maybe just not quite my cup of tea!
  • (3/5)
    Anthony's story and Laura'a story were both intriguing, but Bomber's story didn't do much for me. I liked the ending. Worth a quick read, but not memorable.