THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS – Ruth Hogan

 

 

 

 

51dir0tPoeL._AC_US218_AMAZON SYNOPSIS: 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.
Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind—and 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 life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

 

The novel offers a happy bouquet of everything: romance, mystery, a ghost story and varied assortment of characters. You seldom read a novel that includes a Downs Syndrome girl as one of the main characters; but this story offers you Sunshine, whom I found quite delightful.

 
I enjoyed the touches of humour, particularly the excerpts from the horrible Portia’s manuscripts which shamelessly borrowed/used/plagiarised characters from famous novels. I think the Harry Potter parody was my favourite.
A light, relaxing read. Recommended.

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