Fiction / Gentle Reads / Karen / Mainstream Fiction

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

It has been a long time since I have read a novel this charming, and I mean charming, not saccharine.

This is the story of quiet, unassuming Martha, a lady that volunteers at her library, takes in other people’s laundry, fixes (or makes) items for children, and does pretty much anything that anyone asks her to do. Much like when she gave away her own happiness to take care of her parents until they died. Even as a child, she was always trying to please everyone. This was especially true when it came to her distant father, even though he preferred her sister. But there was one person in Martha’s life who always made her feel special, her nana, Zelda. That is until one day, she too, was taken away from her. Now in her forties, all Martha has left of her are the memories of the stories they read and made up together. But all of that changes when Martha receives a small book in the mail that has been sent to her by the owner of a bookstore in a neighboring village. Now Martha’s future may be very different than she imagined.

With an interesting group of characters and a nice steady pace, The Library of Lost and Found is one well…, charming story. So make yourself a cup of tea, grab some biscuits, get in a comfy chair, and enjoy!


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