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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2017 Ruth Hogan (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By June J on 09-29-17

Charming story with great narration

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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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By AngieAngleways on 03-18-18

Have you ever lost something? Have you ever...

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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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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