The Keeper of Lost Things

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The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things

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As soon as a friend of mine suggested this book to me, I was excited because I have heard so many good things about Ruth’s story telling.

I started to really worry about the book when it became clear that there would be no shift in the narrative voice whatsoever - and what I mean by that is that, when the little 'stories behind the items' were included, they were narrated in the exact same manner as the text that had come before it, with Laura in centre stage. Maybe with a single positive - the first three chapters were quite good, and it's a terrible shame that Anthony Peardew didn't stick around because things went decidedly downhill after he died. 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 happens by chance in this mysterious whole where we all interact, complementing each other, towards an incognito purpose -- something undefined, we feel bigger then us, where all those crossing paths will hopefully gain a common sense! She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. This is the first book I read in 2017 - and if another as good comes along in the next 12 months, I'll eat my special gold reviewing spectacles.

There is another couple whose story starts the day Anthony's fiance dies, all those years earlier, and their platonic love is just as strong as the love Anthony and his late fiance had for each other. Then more shock is felt when she finds out that he has left her the house, it’s contents and some money to get her by. The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan starts by introducing the reader to elderly gentle man Anthony, a man living alone in a home he shared with his wife.

Whimsical and gentle, it is a tale and of life and loss and resolves easily, if a little predictably. Anthony was distraught at loosing his wife and also the one item that would keep his promise and keep him close to her. Eunice leaves a dead end job and takes an exciting one in publishing with a witty and charismatic boss. The whole concept of the book was so wonderful that I really wanted to be transported into a world which I believed was real.When they finally do, the answer is so obvious that Sunshine would probably shake her head at you for not picking up on the obvious clue. This was a joy to read - I haven't enjoyed a book this much since I first read Lord of the Rings back in the 70s. Hogan's touching, funny and romantic debut is that rare and precious thing: a real story with brilliant characters - Daily Mail You may also be interested in. She was once lost, herself, but Anthony helped her to reunite with her true self, and not the one others had tried to form her to be. Had I known that a slight tolerance for ghosts, magic and over the top coincidences are required to enjoy The Keeper of Lost Things, I may have been hesitant to give it a try.

I loved the characters in this, even the snooty Portia, and especially Sunshine, and Anthony’s story, wonderful, but heartbreaking. This story moved slowly, maybe too slow, and while the writing was charming and exuded an air of sophistication, in this case the execution fell off for me. While there are several pov’s, all are intertwined and have a unique connection to the lost objects. Interspersed throughout we have entrancing and shocking tales of some of the lost items, and the various situations that the owners found themselves in. Many tiny stories that go along with the lost things are also scattered at random through the main narrative.I felt moved several times while reading this novel and appreciated the writing style of the author. In The Keeper of Lost Things, debut novelist Ruth Hogan ties together the lives of her characters and the objects they discover. All Laura needs is the help from a plucky neighborhood girl and a conveniently handsome gardener and miracles can happen! Ruth Hogan has weaved an intelligent, magical and fantastical tale of loss, love, heartbreak, redemption and hope.



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