The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things 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

  • Title: The Keeper of Lost Things
  • Author: Ruth Hogan
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 SepA 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 fianc e, 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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    1. This is a delightful, charming, and comic read set in London and Brighton which I adored. Laura is a divorced and broken woman for whom intimacy has proved to be a disappointment. She finds employment as housekeeper and assistant to writer Anthony Peardew, who experienced heartbreak with the loss of his beloved Therese on his wedding day. That event has coloured and haunted his entire life, with guilt over a broken promise, a lost communion medal, and led to the enormous collection of lost items [...]

    2. Library ebookOnce in-awhile a book comes along that feels a little lacy, dressy, decorous, cultivated, rosy, sweet, courteous, cordial, romantic, a little mysterious, quirky, touching, sad, humorous, warm, cozy, and loving. AND YOU’RE UP FOR THE TASK! This novel was very unexpected- I not only mean the novel itself— but my enjoyment of absolutely EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. I consider myself to be a modern woman —- I rarely tap into an appreciation for people’s sentimental tchotchkes. I ‘did [...]

    3. Charming, light and whimsical are the words I would use to describe The Keeper of Lost Things. Set in England, the story features two parallel stories that ultimately come together quite nicely. One story features middle aged Laura who inherits a house full of lost objects which she is tasked with reuniting with their owners. The other story features the lengthy unlikely friendship between Eunice and Bomber. What makes this one good are the details such as stories about the lost objects and Laur [...]

    4. What a cute, quirky, charming book that gives you the 'feels-goods' all over. Sometimes you have to believe, that things happen for a reason. And this book, certainly points that out.Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. His wife died many years ago. On the day she died, on the way to meet her, Anthony lost some precious item that she gave to him and made him promise to always keep with him. Anthony was distraught at loosing his wife and also the one item that would keep his promise and [...]

    5. This book was a real pleasure to read. It had a bit of everything, romance, ghostly presences, magic, mystery and clever literary references being just some. I enjoyed all of the characters especially Sunshine with her quirky speech and odd ways. Two main stories alternate and meander gently through the book, interspersed with lovely anecdotes about the lost things. Some of these are quite sharp and counteract the general sweetness of the book. Mind you this is a book which starts and ends with [...]

    6. Enchanting!!! A fairytale type of story and I loved it!! Funny, witty, sad and very endearing!! The characters and all the side stories were very engaging. (I’m off to make a lovely cup of tea!)

    7. This was a super entertaining, fun, mysterious, and charming read. Love in different forms, from different angles, and stories in the little things lost. And then there is the Keeper of Lost Things, who knew how to connect the dots for those who needed to find ending in the clues. A dollop of magic realism strewn around London and Brighton. Mmmm . spooky, sad, and funny. The blurb is longggggd explains the book. I'm just adding the first introductory paragraph here:A charming, clever, and quietl [...]

    8. "It had been in his pocket as he stood waiting for Therese on the corner of Great Russell Street. But she never came, and by the time he got home that day, he had lost them both. He went back to look for the medallion. He searched the streets and gutters, but he had known that it was a hopeless task. It was as though he had lost her twice. It was the invisible thread that would have connected him to her even after she was gone, but now it was broken along with his promise to her. And so it was t [...]

    9. 1.5/5 stars. Okay, this was really bad! Maybe my expectations for this book were a bit too high since I picked it up because it was nominated for ’ Best Fiction 2017, but I can’t say I understand why it’s on this list. “The Keeper of Lost Things” is, in my opinion, a mediocre and sentimental love story that operates with superficial characters and unbelievable scenes. For instance, The Keeper of Lost Things turns out to be an old man who collects lost things he finds and then writes do [...]

    10. I was so drawn to the premise of this book -- a man mourning the loss of the love of his life collects lost objects, hoping to reunite them with their owners, meanwhile writing short stories about each object. So much potential there.It started off with charm but quickly fell apart into disjointed parallel storylines, with so many plot contrivances I was groaning. Add the ancillary characters who were only there to move the plot and by the time the ghost (yes, ghost) came in I was pretty much do [...]

    11. The Keeper of Lost Things was very different from the books I usually read. It had a lot of different storylines and characters. Some of the characters were very likeable and my favourite character was Sunshine. I would like to thank NetGalley and John Murray Press for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

    12. Sometimes when you are reading a book, you feel you want to join the characters, have some tea and biscuits with them, share their laughter and sorrows and cheer them in their journeys, be a part of them, be with them. And when you read the final chapter, the final sentence, and you see THE END, you feel miserable that the time has come for you to say your farewells. Well, this is one of those books. An enchanting debut novel from Ruth Hogan about love, friendship and passion, life and afterlife [...]

    13. If you are a lover of wonderfully told stories where people truly love one another, then this book is ever so right for you. It is told with such tenderness of a love story immersed within two love stories. It is a story of requited love and love that was felt but never could be carried through. It was a story of people, a bit broken at times, but with the strength and love we all possess and probably should show more of. This was a feel good story, one that will propel you out of the doldrums a [...]

    14. A ray of sunshine of a novel. Beautifully written. Every character I cared about. I highly recommend to contemporary readers as the whole story just pulls you in.

    15. Anthony Peardew has lost something precious to him, breaking a promise to someone he loved dearly. He would give anything to get it back and now he collects anything he deems lost in hopes that he will one day reunite the objects with their owners. But time is running out and his study is still filled with lost things. Laura is the houskeeper of Mr Peardew's lovely home, Padua. When he dies, he leaves the house to her under the condtion that she tries her very best to find the owners of all the [...]

    16. I was sent a copy of The Keeper of Lost Things by , which means that it is a shame that I feel duty bound to put up a review of this book. I pretty much knew from paragraph one that I wasn’t going to like it. It is the worst book I have read in a long, long time, and certainly the worst book I have finished. The most complimentary word I can find to describe it is ‘cute’. Everything about it is cute, every stereotyped character is cute, every stereotyped dog is cute. It is sugar, coated in [...]

    17. This is a wonderful book, when I read the first few pages I was really not sure, I came across a couple of sentences which I thought "oh no, not dozens of adjectives to just describe one thing" BUT as the story progressed I settled into it and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are so many stories within the book but this doesn't distract from the pleasure of reading it, it enhances it . The variety of characters are by turn entertaining, amusing, irritating, funny . Throughout the whole book there is [...]

    18. This is a really lovely gentle story full of warmth and charm. Anthony Peardew is the original 'Keeper of Lost Things'. He not only lost his beautiful fiance, Therese, just before their wedding day but also a precious medallion she gave him that he promised to keep forever. Never able to get over her loss, he began to collect lost object, carefully recording where he found them, a button, a child's umbrella, even a box containing someone's ashes. Anthony began to write short stories based on the [...]

    19. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan is published in hardback by Two Roads Books on 26 January 2017, and is the author's debut novel.Every now and again, a book comes along that can make the reader laugh out loud and then cry within just a couple of pages. The Keeper of Lost Things is one of those books. I have been absolutely entranced by it for the past few days.Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. He has spent most of his life picking up the items that others have lost, taking the [...]

    20. Dear Reader,This was truly one of the most beautifully written books that I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Not specifically looking for it,yesterday,in the bookstore it found me. Once I'd read the first page I knew it had found a new home. Wonderfully descriptive,this story weaves the life stories of Anthony,Therese,Laura, Freddy,Sunshine,Eunice and Bomber into a rich tapestry of daily life burnished with its myriad sorrows and joys.Peppered with emotive issues,soulful moments and delightf [...]

    21. Laura has nothing left to lose when she applies for a job as a housekeeper and secretary for writer Anthony Peardew. Her marriage to her cheating childhood sweetheart has collapsed, her burning desire for children was never fulfilled and she has no education to speak of. Anthony’s house is like a balm on her soul, quiet, beautiful and filled with the bitter sweet memories of Anthony’s dead wife. There is only one room, the study, that she is not permitted to enter. When Anthony dies and leav [...]

    22. i am surprise by this book. i though its going to be boring book. reading couple first chapters it does looks very very boring. but then it gets very intereting about 45%. see how magical it is for the keper of lost things collecting lost objects and try to reunite it with the owner. or at least putting it on narrative. i always though lost things uave their own story. story about the joy, the lost, the salvation of the owner. delightful reading.

    23. AWFUL. Truly appalling. I don't even know where to start. Maybe with a single positive - the first three chapters were quite good, and it's a terrible shame that Anthony Peardew didn't stick around because things went decidedly downhill after he died. I started to really worry about the book when it became clear that there would be no shift in the narrative voice whatsoever - and what I mean by that is that, when the little 'stories behind the items' were included, they were narrated in the exac [...]

    24. It's a 3.5 star book. The title attracted me to the book, I wanted to read this as soon as I heard the title but somehow even after my friend found this one for me I could not get started. So he started before me while I finished the other books in my list.He knows I like horror so he threw in that the calm setting of the book was now in disarray with some ghostly happenings and that he was getting scared. Readers the book is not scary. It's sweet and has an air of nostalgia. The trick surely wo [...]

    25. An eARC of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*This was generally an easy read, with some gorgeous writing, especially in the stories about the missing objects. I liked the characters, and the concepts in general, but I did feel like the relationships lacked a real tension that would give good emotional payoff at the end.The character of Sunshine was somewhat problematic for me. She's gorgeously written (I really love the way she speaks, especially her descr [...]

    26. I enjoyed this lovely book. It's light and gentle and easy to read. I particularly like the way all the loose ends are tied up at the end and the way the two main stories within the book come together. It feels a very "English" book to me. I'm possibly being a bit mean with the three stars, but U don't feel I could give it 4. Three and a half is better. I'd recommend it if your own life is a bit crappy as it's very much a feel good book.

    27. At times charming and humorous, other times flat and dry; The Keeper of Lost Things is, by my estimation, a romantic drama/comedy comprised of: magical realism, bursts of character study cameo shorts, flashbacks, a story of grief and healing, and a parallel backstory that I assume (according to the synopsis) somehow connects by story's end. All of this, infused with some wonderful bursts of brilliant literary loveliness."Laura slid the blade between folds of thick white paper. As the envelope sl [...]

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