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The Keeper of Lost Things

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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 Septem
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by William Morrow
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Kristi My conclusion by the end of the novel is that the object stories were the actual events connected with the loss of the object. But at first, like you,…moreMy conclusion by the end of the novel is that the object stories were the actual events connected with the loss of the object. But at first, like you, I was uncertain if that was the case or if they were Anthony's stories about the objects. (less)

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Paromjit
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 ...more
Elyse Walters
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Library ebook

Once 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’ ......tap
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Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*3 Stars for originality!*

There is an undeniable sense of mystery and intrigue in something “lost”, and if considered enough, a single misplaced object can raise a multitude of questions: Who was the previous owner? What did this item mean to them? How did they come to misplace it? Who are they now without it?

Each of these “things” tell their own story, and will speak to you if you're willing to listen…

Anthony Peardew is THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS. Having never located something he once held dea
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Meredith
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witty, Quirky, and Charming!

The Keeper of Lost Things is an enchanting story about love, loss, friendship, and healing. A wonderful cast of endearing, quirky characters made this book a pleasure to read!


Writer Anthony Peardew collects lost objects. He’s spent years and years collecting, hoping that one day these items will be returned to their rightful owner. Anthony’s mission stems from his own loss. When Anthony dies, he leaves his collection of lost objects to Laura, his caretaker. Laura i
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Amalia Gavea
‘’Found, sixth carriage from the front, 14:42 train from London Bridge to Brighton. Deceased unknown. God bless and rest in peace.’’

My relationship with this book has been a bit weird from the start. For almost a year, its beautiful cover with the peaceful cobalt blue background and the quiet pink beauty of its flowers has been calling my name from the shelf of my favourite bookshop. And every time, I would take it in my hands, read the blurb, scam and skim through a few paragraphs and return
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Esil
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ew
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 ...more
Helene Jeppesen
Nov 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 Goodreads’ 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 dow
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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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Phrynne
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
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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*TANYA*
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!)
Patti
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If I had a dollar for every time the author wrote,"a lovely cup of tea", I could buy another book.
Liz
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, best-of-2018
After listening to too many mysteries, I needed a change of pace. This was it.

The plot has been described by other reviewers. Suffice it to say, the book was refreshing in a quirky sort of way. At first, it was somewhat confusing to listen to, as the POVs and storylines change with each chapter. But once I got the hang of it, especially the back stories on some of the lost items, it clipped along at a nice pace. Lovely, sweet, humorous, sad. It encompasses all the emotions. If I had been reading
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Alena
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Margitte
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 longgggg....and explains the book. I'm just adding the first introductory paragraph here:
A charming, clever, a
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Amanda
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
"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 ...more
Victoria
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
Marcus Aurelius


An uplifting, enchanting and marvelously crafted escapist read with minimal fluff and maximum appeal. The Keeper of Lost Things is the perfect antidote for what ails us. As much a tale about the loss of things as people, love and even self, the threads that connect us and the kindness of strangers.

Hogan has seamlessly plotted two separate stories, e
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Helga
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british
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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Cheri
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

”I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to press my cheek to
A thrill I've never known, oh yeah
You smiled, you smiled oh and then the spell was cast
And here we are in Heaven
For you are mine at last

-- At Last, Etta James, Songwriters: Harry Warren / Mack Gordon

Whimsical. delightful, charming, comic, intelligent, magical, fantastical, lacy, decorous, cultivated, sweet, courteous, cordial, romantic, mysterious, quirky, touching, sad, humorous, wa
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Miriam Smith
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookbridgr
Anthony Peardew collects lost items, catalogues them and stores them in his study hoping one day the thousands of objects will be reunited with their rightful owners. Knowing he is dying he bequeaths his house and all the lost treasures, to his assistant and friend Laura, the one person he knows who will carry out his wishes. However, unforeseen repercussions trigger some unanticipated series of encounters. As the threads of the story gradually pull together, questions are answered, lives are ch ...more
Maria Espadinha
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Cereja que Bóia no Cocktail


Chá...Fantasmas...Mistério...Magia...

É neste estranho cocktail que esta história acontece!

E que livro único!
Daqueles em que se exclama:
Oh!... Nunca li nada assim!...
E é sempre tão gratificante soltar esta exclamação cada vez mais funda!
Que teima por não sair!
Deleitei-me a sorver este cocktail de sabores exóticos!... ;)

E que capa!
Objectos perdidos, disseminados sobre rosas vermelhas.
Cada objecto, uma história linda e triste -- uma rosa com espinhos
Episódios da vida re
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Norma * Traveling Sister
3.5 stars rounded down!

This book was such a wonderful, delightful, quiet and heartwarming tale that I wish I would have loved a little bit more. My mind wandered quite a bit while reading this one and I had a hard time staying focused on this story but, I absolutely loved the ending & the premise of this story though!

This is a feel-good story with a sweet and pleasing ending that I am happy that I read though. Would recommend!

I think I’m ready to read a fast-paced thriller! 😀
Steve Walsh
Feb 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was sent a copy of The Keeper of Lost Things by Goodreads, 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 ...more
Rebecca Dunbar
Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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PattyMacDotComma
3.5★
“Uncertain how to greet a person of such standing, Sunshine bobbed a little curtsey and offered him a high five.”

This story is partly old-school quaint (notes written with fountain pens) and partly up-to-the-minute modern (creating a website). We meet Anthony Peardew returning to “Padua”, his home of many years, always referred to by name, not address. He’s an elderly author, the owner of the fountain pen, whose house “was untainted by the tinnitus of technology.”

I enjoyed many of Hogan’s ph
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Pauline
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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.
Bookread2day
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kirsty 📚📖❤️
A delightful feel good story.
Marialyce
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mary
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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
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Carolyn
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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