Happy Sunday my lovelies – I hope you’re all having a lovely relaxing day.  I’m bringing you a review of The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick – a wonderful full good read!

the blurb

A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the 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 notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible.

All of that changes when a mysterious book arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by 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 heart-warming reminder that even the quietest life has the potential to be extraordinary.

Where to buy: Amazon

my review

This is such a beautiful and emotive read.

Martha is an amazing lady who goes out of her way to do things for everyone and keep people happy.  One day her world is changed when she finds a mysterious package, addressed to her.  It turns out to be a book seemingly written by her grandmother, with a written dedication to her – 3 years after she supposedly died.

She sets out on a mission to discover where the book came from and how the date could be possible.  But ends up uncovering a family secret that has been hidden for over 30 years.  Along the way Martha learns so much about herself and discovers that self-love and care is just as important as looking after everyone else, which causes a change in her that she never thought was possible….

I really enjoyed this and found myself going through a rollercoaster of emotions.  Martha’s Dad made me angry – his controlling ways frustrated me in a way I didn’t expect; I had conflicting feelings for her Mum who follows her husbands orders, even when they make her unhappy.- although there turns out to be a reason behind this.  Zelda is an amazing, strong, wacky, wonderfully creative and imaginative person.  Lillian was driving me nuts – the fact that she expected so much from her sister but didn’t provide any of her own support was annoying, although things do change.  Owen is brilliant, and I was just willing him and Martha to get together!  Siegfried…..just amazing and discreetly caring.  And Martha…..what an amazing lady! Always willing to help others, it’s frustrating for the reader as you just want her to start saying NO!!  Going on her self-discovery journey with her is powerful and seeing the changes to her characters are heart-warming.

The overall story is wonderful, and I love the little stories throughout – written by Martha, Betty or Zelda and how they link in with their lives but in a discreet way.  It’s a brilliant addition to the story.

The story is well written and an absolute joy to read.  The links with the characters that unravel throughout are amazing, and I was completely hooked all the way through.

This is an absolutely brilliant read and I’m now looking forward to reading more from the author!  Highly recommended by me – with autumn here, now is the perfect time to grab this, and curl up  with this feel-good, fantastic read.

rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

You can find out all about Phaedra over on our interview on Meet the Author.

Thanks so much to Phaedra and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Any questions for Phaedra check out the post above for how to contact her!

Enjoy the rest of your evening lovelies.

Chelle x

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