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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 bobblesFound, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.Bone china cup and saucerFound, 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 fiance, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objectsthe things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behindand 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 lifes 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 Anthonys lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbors 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 Anthonys 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 preciousa 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 Eunices 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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The Keeper of Lost Things Reviews

  • Phrynne

    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
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  • Helga

    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
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  • Anne

    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
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  • I read novels

    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.

  • Carolyn

    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 ...more

  • PorshaJo

    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
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  • Maria Espadinha

    Real Life Tales

    WOW!

    What a cover!

    What an exquisite faithful portrait, springing from the heart of this book:

    Those objects spread among red roses, each one with a beautiful sad story to tell -- roses with thorns -- fictions grazing anonymous truths -- episodes of anyone's real life.

    The perfect graphic teaser for this particular storyline!...

    The story about to begin, will lead us into an universe where characters are knots merged in a web -- people crossing at due timings, showing that nothing hap
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  • Maria Espadinha

    The Mission

    Anthony lost Therese too soon. They still had so much to share -- a happiness for two that was simply aborted in such an early stage, leaving Anthony in a dark hole, instead of life!

    When life mistreat us badly, we start feeling a sense of emptiness -- we float in some sort of limbo, with no sense of direction...

    But fortunately, there's a great therapy -- a mission, that we can chose to embrace, and forget ourselves in it, recovering an aim, and finally reconcile with life!

    And Anthony
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