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The Keeper of Lost Things
The Keeper of Lost Things: A Novel | Ruth Hogan
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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peanutnine
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#SpringSkies Day 4 #Lost
This is a really sweet read
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs On my Litsy TBR!! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover ❤️ 3mo
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TheBookgeekFrau
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Eggs Beautiful 🤩 3mo
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suvata
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Read in March 2024...
17 Books
Three 5-Star reads this month:
• The Keeper of Lost Things
• Purgatorio
• Celtic Tales

#Goodreads #Bookstagram #OUABC #Litsy #Libby

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Melkyl
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This book took me by surprise and totally captured my heart. I loved the way it went back and forth through time and how the author eventually brought everything together. I loved hearing the stories of the lost things interwoven through the book. The love stories of the characters were beautiful. Honestly, there wasn‘t anything I disliked about this book. I listened on audio, and I think that made it even more likable for me.

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suvata
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• 320 pages • first pub 2017 • fiction • contemporary • literary • magical realism • emotional • hopeful • lighthearted • 5 Stars

Forty years ago, Anthony Peardew carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée. After her death, Anthony becomes “the keeper of lost things” by rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind. ⬇️

suvata 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 all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost. Magical, indeed!

Personal note: The wedding/funeral scene in Chapter 21 is worth the price of the book!
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kelli7990
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Bailedbailed

Here‘s my review for a book I just DNF‘d. This book is on my #readyourkindle list.

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
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kelli7990
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Here‘s my progress on my #readyourkindle picks for this month. I started The Keeper Of Lost Things but I‘m going to DNF it. I liked it in the beginning but I‘ve made it to 61% of the book and I‘m feeling bored. I almost fell asleep listening to it in bed last night. I‘m not going to get around to reading The Chemistry Of Love this month. I‘m probably going to carry it over to next month.

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kelli7990
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I decided to start this book. This book is on my #readyourkindle list but I‘m going to borrow the audiobook from Libby. I listened to the first 2 chapters and I like it so far. I‘m getting cozy vibes from this book. I like cozy books. They make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. This book mentioned having a cup of tea, biscuits, working in the garden, going for a walk and the book is set in London.

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wen4blu
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@julieclair Thank you so much for this great #jolabokaflod package. The wrapping was beautiful! I‘m excited for this book and all the chocolates.
Happy holidays!

@MaleficentBookDragon thanks for a great swap.

julieclair Yay!!! I‘m so glad you are happy! Enjoy, and Happy Holidays. 😁 6mo
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SheReadsAndWrites
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I loved this. The audiobook was lovely. And the story so pleasant. Each character was so appealing in their own way and although there was heartache or sadness throughout, there was great love and friendship. A beautiful story. 😊❤️

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Coleen
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This falls into the “one of those cute British stories” that seem to be so popular now. It‘s not necessarily my favorite genre, but it‘s a good palette cleanser between heavier reads. This was your standard lighthearted, somewhat quirky, feel-good book. I liked it overall, though.

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Kshakal
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Mehso-so

This was a mixed bag for me… at times I didn‘t like it at all and at times I loved it! It did have a satisfying ending!

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Acoleman
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Quirky and cute

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Blh87
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I was finally able to finish this one on my lunch break! This book started off pretty slow, but turned into a heartwarming story with a good cast of characters.

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Blh87
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This is currently moving quite slowly, but I‘m hoping it‘ll pick up…🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

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LeslieO
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I loved this book. 💙💛 #NeurodiverseProtagonist #MagicMarch

Eggs 🌼🌿🌸 1y
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Kempfme
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This was a funny story of love, life, and death.

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Serenity_Within86
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⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Serenity_Within86
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I will be quarantined until Sunday or until I test negative. So perfect time to catch up with my reading

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emilyrose_x
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#AdventRecommends Day 2
The Keeper of Lost Things
Ruth Hogan

I have read two books by Ruth Hogan and particularly enjoyed this one!

After the death of his wife, Anthony Peardew makes it his mission to return lost items to their rightful owners. I found The Keeper of Lost Things is a wholesome and life affirming book, as well as being a moving read.

I am also in love with the beautiful cover 🥰

JanuarieTimewalker13 There was a guy on Booktube years back, named Dave, who loved this book!! It‘s been on my TBR for years. One day!! 2y
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RedxoHearts
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I was excited to open my #FFFS package from @Laughterhp especially to finally find out what has smelled so good! It's a big candle in the scent Sweater Weather. It smells amazing. The books are The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan and Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune. I'm excited to read them. Also can't wait to try out the hot chocolate. The fuzzy socks are so soft. Thank you for all the goodies!
@Avanders

RedxoHearts Oh and I just realized that I accidentally left out the pink starburst. They are my favorite. Also don't worry the candle made it safely. :) 2y
Avanders 🍁🍂♥️🫶🏽 2y
Laughterhp Yay! So glad you liked everything! I was worried you weren‘t going to like the candle scent! I hope you enjoy the books and all the goodies! 2y
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BookBosomed1
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Thank you @cwarnier for my #fffs package. All the tea! I am about to dig into that tea right now and use the scented pens! I really enjoyed opening this package. I am particularly excited about the books (esp the literary cocktail book 😉). The packaging decor was beautiful. @Avanders

Avanders 🍁🍂♥️🫶🏽 2y
cwarnier I am so happy to like it all. 2y
BookBosomed1 @cwarnier I do. I took some of the tea on vacation with me. I ran out of English Breakfast pre-swap, so I‘m grateful to have some more! 2y
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Lizwarnerpdx
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What a beautiful story! There were two different storylines going on - both interesting & full of characters I liked and wanted to know more about - and they finally cross paths in the best way they could. I absolutely loved dancing drome, Sunshine, and the lovely cup of tea she made.

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Mehso-so

I‘ve heard great things about this book, but in the end it didn‘t click for me. I did like the fantasy/magical realism elements, and I became invested in Eunice‘s story more so than Laura‘s. I did like how everyone in each storyline ended up having some kind of connection at the end though. The short stories for me really didn‘t work with the vibe of the rest of the book. I ended up skipping them on my audiobook.

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slategreyskies
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This one was really good! #LetterK #AlphabetGame

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Saraalways731
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Elizabeth2
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Quirky, charming, a little mysterious, a bit romantic and mystical, this novel is really two stories in one. A story of loss, love, heartbreak, friendship, redemption and hope, full of rich characters. Original and inventive! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 ❤️📚

Erinsuereads I lovvvvved this book 2y
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Elizabeth2
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It‘s a little chilly out, but I couldn‘t resist the sun in my favorite reading spot. I am ready for warm weather! ☀️ Going to finish this book today. Curious about where it‘s going and how it ends. ❤️📚

DogMomIrene Love your mug🐶💜 2y
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Elizabeth2
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This is my book club‘s next read. One of my girlfriends has already started it and is really enjoying it. ❤️📚 Can‘t wait to dive in!

Redy2trvl Such a beautiful story. I loved it! Enjoy. 2y
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jhoutby11
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Good

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MatchlessMarie
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Bailedbailed

I bailed on this one after about an hour and a half in. Just couldn‘t hold my interest. May try again later. This is one of those books that had been on my TBR for years because of a pretty cover 🤩 #33by33 #AllHailTheBail

Texreader Yea that‘s probably why I have a copy! I haven‘t read it yet 3y
MatchlessMarie @Texreader Pretty things are hard to resist which ironically I think is one of the themes in this book from what little I read 😅 3y
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staci.reads
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This is a charming story! It has a mix of a little romance, mystery, and ghosts, and some really lovable characters. ♥ This was my July #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks Another book that sat on my tbr pile for far too long!

AkashaVampie The cover is so adorable!!! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3y
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Coleen_Nieto
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Look at me go! 3 #bookspin selections in a row! Yay! Thank you @thearomaofbooks for helping me figure out what to read next. I'm loving this.

I really enjoyed this book, I think it may come across as sentimental to some, but it hit all my spiritual buttons with the saints and superstitions.
Solid 3+
@thearomaofbooks #bookspin

Jerdencon Hi Coleen! I actually really liked that book! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3y
Coleen_Nieto @Jerdencon Hi Denise! I'm so glad to hear that you liked it too. Being Catholic they touched on all my favorite saints, I found it to be charming, especially the stories about the lost objects, what a neat creative writing idea. I hope you're well, we have COVID and hospital stays going on but hanging in there the best we can 3y
Jerdencon Oh no! Hope everyone is better soon! 🙏🏻 3y
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perfectsinner
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Happy Friday y'all!

I finished up Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman this morning and picked out The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan as my next book.

Enjoy the weekend!

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sailu112
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The premise was very gripping and I started reading the book. It was great until about half way in and suddenly the story was going nowhere. It felt as though the pages needed to be filled with story that doesn't tie up with the plot. Again the story picked up closer to the end. 3/5

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Rachiiebookdragon
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What a charming intriguing book! 4/5 Read as a prompt for #HeyReaderathon and #PopSugarReadingChallenge2021

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CassieT
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This novel weaves together two storylines that at first glance appear unrelated. As the stories progress, it all converges in a denouement that is satisfying and heartwarming. My only critiques are that it was very slow until the last third, so it was difficult to get invested; and the frequent foreshadowing made it fairly predictable. Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it for those looking for a feel-good novel.

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perfectsinner
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#bookmail
Finally, #bookmail from a friend
The Hole, Hiroko Oyamada
The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan
Death in Her Hands, Ottessa Moshfegh

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Kristin_Reads
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Found: A charming read to cozy up with this evening!

MittenGirlPeach I really enjoyed that one! 4y
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Danay
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2020 #65

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Crysboehne
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Ah, the back and forth with this book. It started out so very strong; the storyline, the characters, the possibilities! About midway through, the plot fell completely flat. I‘m not sure what happened, but it seemed like it turned into a completely different novel. One of the main characters became something that didn‘t match up with the rest of the story. Luckily the ending redeemed itself by tying things together nicely. Not my fave, but ⭐️⭐️⭐️.

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Jolynne
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A little bit of magic is good for the soul.

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TheSpineView
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Klou 👍❤📚 4y
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JulAnna
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Others have described this as endearing and charming. I would say that is exactly what it is. Not a lot of substance, but probably just what I needed right now. Light, easy. I enjoyed the book and movie references throughout. 🤓

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JulAnna
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Enjoying a quiet evening of reading, but not sure how I feel about this one yet, only 12% into it. Has anyone else read it?

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emmaturi
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This was a sweet and lovely book. Great cover too. My second one from this author. #books

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EmmaPlum
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Bomber said that the wonderful thing about books was that they were films that played inside your head 🎥📚📖

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Melancholy2243
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Panpan

Though the premise of this story was intriguing and that is what drew me too it in the first place, I really hated the way the characters are just stereotyped and unidimensional. The first few chapters were bearable but I can't go any longer with this. The author is a good writer but the prose is constructed to make you feel like this is a heartwarming book instead of actually feeling it. Filled with clichés instead of an authentic storyline.

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