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The Keeper of Lost Things
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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 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 accidentally 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 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.

Title:The Keeper of Lost Things
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:288 pages
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    The Keeper of Lost Things Reviews

  • Paromjit
    Jan 08, 2017

    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...

  • Esil
    Feb 18, 2017

    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 s...

  • Amanda
    Mar 07, 2017

    "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 ...

  • Phrynne
    Mar 27, 2017

    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...

  • Mandy Radley
    Apr 23, 2017

    I absolutely loved this book. A perfect read, especially when laid on a sun lounger. Highly recommended...

    Jan 26, 2017

    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....

  • Anne
    Dec 07, 2016

    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...

  • Nancy
    Jan 04, 2017

    This is a debut novel for Ruth Hogan and it is really very good. The writing and story is enjoyable. The characters introduced are riveting, quirky, and engaging. I highly recommend this book and espe...

  • Tracy Fenton
    Jun 11, 2017

    Every now and then I like to take a break from the psychological thrillers and The Keeper of Lost Things has been described as a feel good book, so I was quite eager to read it.There are two wonderfu...

  • Alena
    May 18, 2017

    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 eac...