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.
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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found something and wondered about the path the object has traveled? St Anthony of Padua is the patron Saint of lost and stolen things. And, Anthony, of Padua Cottage becomes the Keeper of Lost Things. You'll get to know Anthony and the love of his life, Therese; Bomber and Eunice; Laura and Freddy, and of course Sunshine. Ruth Hogan intertwines three main stories, and many minor ones, into a feel-good story with a happy ending for 3 couples, ultimately.
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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.
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I enjoyed the wonderful quirky characters. Loved how they come together! Narrator's British accent adds so much!
Loved it. Enjoyed listening to the stories of the lost items. To be lost then found.
So enjoyable!! Touching, funny, just a fantastic read. Absolutely loved Sunshine she made me laugh out loud.
What a sweet book. So much thought and creativity put into it. Even better listening to it a second time.
Make it a movie we need more like this.
I loved how it all tied together at the end. it is a great read.
Would you listen to The Keeper of Lost Things again? Why?
No, I don't re-listen or re-read
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keeper of Lost Things?
Sunshine is the most memorable character in general and her wanting to make a nice cup of tea.
What does Jane Collingwood and Sandra Duncan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
They bring the stories to life and help with the transitions from different time periods.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
If you are looking for something that is a bit on the lighter side but still with a strong plot and interesting characters and very good narration, I'd recommend this book for sure.
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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