The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things

by Ruth Hogan

Overview: 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.

Faith Bowers (05/29/19): Recommended by this website, I read and enjoyed the book almost as much as Sydney Bronson. There are two main stories which do intersect at the end of the novel but have little to do with the other throughout the book. The short stories about lost items are absorbing and also play a part in the stories. It has a fairy tale approach to the novel but there is some character development. It is a pleasurable and quick read.
Rating: ****

Sidny Bronson (05/14/19): This book grows on you like a weed, such a unique and clever plot written by Ruth Hogan. The short stories throughout bring a whole new perspective and style to writing. You can never get bored as the stories of so many characters and tiny pieces of perspective into their lives are brought to life within this novel. A story of love, loss, and friendship, all the elements of this book that may seem so unconnected come together in the end, like a key to a lock, or pieces of a puzzle, finishing the end to a fairy-tale like love story. The Keeper of Lost Things makes you think differently about all the lost and discarded possessions that lay holding a memory of someone’s journey on this Earth and the powerful connections between people, places, and objects.
Rating: ****

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