The Library of Lost and Found

The Library of Lost and Found

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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"Sweet and resonant." — People , "Best New Books" Pick "A heartwarming and tender tale of growth and redemption.... Curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and a biscuit and be entranced by this delightful story." — Library Journal, starred review A librarian's discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the international bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people—though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she's invisible. All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend—her grandmother Zelda—who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda's past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever. Filled with Phaedra Patrick's signature charm and vivid characters, The Library of Lost and Found is a heartwarming and poignant tale of how one woman must take control of her destiny to write her own happy ending.
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9781488095436
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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JCLDawnaO Apr 23, 2020

Martha Storm is a librarian who loves to help people in her community, she always says yes. One day, after a program was cancelled, she went to lock up the library and found a package in front of the library with her name on it. Inside the package, she finds a tattered book of fairy tales and a note from a book seller. As she looks through the book, she discovers that her grandmother had written a note inside the book for her, but the date seemed off.

Martha thought of Zelda as her best friend, when growing up, and they had a strong bond, until Zelda suddenly died when Martha was a young girl. Seeing the book brought back wonderful memories of her childhood and her relationship with Zelda. This leads her to search for answers about where the book came from, where it was published, and her grandmother, Zelda.

Throughout this book, we learn more about Martha’s past, her family, and the stories she and Zelda used to share. She learns the importance of taking care of herself first, before helping others.

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2greyts
Feb 29, 2020

I just couldn’t care about the characters and found Martha’s conundrum unsolved.

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lctriplett
Feb 28, 2020

I wanted to love this book but felt it was somewhat a slow read. It was ok, but nothing exceptional.

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B00ksRcool
Aug 14, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. The characters had significant obstacles to overcome, morphed and changed into a better character. Very well thought out plot. I'm going to pick-up another book by this author soon.

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mfsteven1950
Jul 31, 2019

Going against the tide here, but I just couldn't get into this book: the plot was involving, Martha an okay character, but I found the writing to be flat and uninteresting. I love books about books, but this just wasn't one of them

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Einer2
Jul 16, 2019

Delightful. Will look for other books by this author when I need an easy to read, uplifting story.

JessicaGma Jul 05, 2019

It was a sweet read where you follow Martha's journey as she discovers out more about her family and has to re-examine assumptions she made long ago. Suki is a great co-worker and Martha comes out the better for the experience. A fun read when you need a pick me up

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DT_kcls
Jun 24, 2019

'The Library of Lost and Found' is just so delightful. The writing is crisp and evocative and the story is fresh and new. I was cheering for Martha, charmed by Zelda and, have utterly fallen for my favorite character, sweet, kind Suki.

4.5 stars for 'The Library of Lost and Found'

KatBCool Jun 20, 2019

This was just the loveliest, sweetest book. You should read it.

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lola_jane
May 15, 2019

This is my third read from author Phaedra Patrick and I'm learning that she has a go-to formula: middle-aged person, stuck in rut has an unexpected occurrence that sets them on a journey of self-discovery and ultimately a new outlook and approach to life. But I don't mind the formula because the characters are charming and I appreciate the touch of whimsy. A light, feel-good read.

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YiChingJaniceChen
Nov 04, 2019

I think the idea for the story was okay but the writing isn’t that interesting and the way to tell out the story seems poor. It made it harder to continue reading the book, especially it made the character Martha not that so likable.

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