The Keeper of Lost Things

  • by Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Charming, well-written story with wonderful... narration.

This book had a little bit of everything: literary fiction with an interesting storyline and structure with themes of life-long friendship, loss, grief, love/romance, a bit of a ghost story with interesting characters (including dogs!)--with a bit of diversity if not in race then in other ways (don't want to spoil anything).

It took me a few chapters to figure out what was going on due to the structure, but I enjoyed those seemingly unrelated short chapters when I understood what the author was doing.

There were parts that were quite funny--helped along by the audio narrator--though it was a serious book. The author's light touch and the humor made it a delight rather than a depressing read.
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- NMwritergal

I had hoped for a deeper look at Lost Things.

I so looked forward to the publication of The Keeper of Lost Things, but my great anticipation of what this book might be could have been why I felt somewhat disappointed. Anthony Peardew has suffered the great loss of his beloved Therese, but he also lost a medallion that she had given him. These events set in motion his life's work of picking up lost things no matter their value, cataloging them, and storing them in his home with the idea of restoring them to their owners.

"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 that he began to gather other people's lost things; gather them in and keep them safe, just in case one day, one of them could mend a broken heart, and thus redeem a broken man."

Anthony hires Laura to assist him, and there are a host of other characters that enter into the novel. It is a perfectly pleasant story, but after the initial few chapters, the writing and plot became a bit too disjointed and rambling. It is whimsical and light-hearted, but too much so for me, a reader hoping for a deeper look at lost things.
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- Bonny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-21-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio