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The Keeper of Lost Things

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Laura is quite smitten with the young man, but she knows that it is just a dream, as he is way out of her league. The unique theme focuses on a very intriguing obsession of hoarding lost objects - not in a manner similar to Museum of Innocence, which was for personal indulgence, but in the hope that the items could be reunited with their owners. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind—and writing stories about them. Portia wants her brother to publish one of her books, but with titles like “Lady Chatterley’s Chauffeur” Bomber has a real problem endorsing her plagiarised writing efforts.

But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters. I think these minor deviations from reality were unnecessary and, for me, detracted from the perfection of the book. She has made the chapter the perfect length so its easy to stop and then pick up again (but I did struggle to put it down because it was soooooo good! At first, it was somewhat confusing to listen to, as the POVs and storylines change with each chapter. After her employer dies, Laura is left with the task of finding the owners of all of the lost items that he had collected over the years.I was brought up in a house full of books, and grew up with an unsurprising passion for reading and writing. Laura with the help of Sunshine, a young woman with learning difficulties, attempt to reunite the items with their previous owners. Her wise, affectionate contributions to the story, in addition to 'the lovely cup of tea', have the grace and dexterity of the Anjali Dancers.

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. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds comfort in her faithful canine companion Haizum, and peace in the quiet lanes of her town's lido. An object isn’t always just itself; it can be attached to someone’s memories - of a person, an event, and a time of happiness.

Very much a ‘light read’, we thought – but an interesting subject, well written, and the characters were good, Sunshine and Laura especially. He doesn’t have many people in his life apart from has an assistant Laura; who he trusts and knows she is as lost as him and his gardener. 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. delightful, charming, comic, intelligent, magical, fantastical, lacy, decorous, cultivated, sweet, courteous, cordial, romantic, mysterious, quirky, touching, sad, humorous, warm, enchanting, lovely, cozy – these are all words that have been used to describe this story, and it is all that, and perhaps more. It was endearing and brought a big smile to my face as I turned the last page and read the last word.

It's one of those cute, sweet, Hallmark-movie type stories that I wish I did like, but the simpleness and sweetness and the obvious way that everything wraps up perfectly is so implausible that it made me groan in frustration. It invites curiosity about the characters and subject matter, dazzles with ironic observations, extends empathy to even the most unlikeable human beings, and gives dog-lovers a literary outing.She started writing seriously following a car accident in her early 30’s which left her unable to work for some time. The final pages of The Keeper of Lost Things manage to bring all of the plot threads together quite neatly, perhaps a little too neatly for some readers. Ruth Hogan successfully intertwined a number of different stories, including a selection of short stories. When chemo kept me up all night I passed the time writing and the eventual result was THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS, my first novel, which was published in January 2017, and has now been selected as a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. But, like objects, people do not stay around forever, and Anthony eventually leaves this ongoing quest in the capable hands of his caretaker, Laura, who appears equally as “lost” as his beloved objects.

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