The Keeper of Lost Things – Ruth Hogan

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I confess I struggle to read books outside the paranormal romance genre, I know its an addiction…So when I picked up The Keeper of Lost Things from Waterstones, I was hoping for a little bit of light reading. What I got was a whole different kettle of fish.

The Synopsis goes:

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer-Found, 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 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.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s 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 Anthony’s 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 precious—a 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 Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

My brain instantly thought it was going to be a sweet chick lit, an adorable story about lost things and how it brought two people together.

And it was…

Except. I got bored. As much as I found the flashback endearing at times, it didn’t help the flow of the book. One minute you are hooked on Laura’s personal growth than the next moment you are transported back to when Anthony was a young man. Then you jump over to an item and what its backstory was.

Positives are that it was beautifully written, you feel for Laura and Anthony and what could have been. You are drawn to Sunshine and her possible psychic powers and the feel that Anthony’s house brings.

I think I never got over the idea that it could have been a sweet love story, I know I read a lot of paranormal romance, but I still love a good fiction book.

Overall the book needs a little refining, too many characters, too many plotlines.

Rating: 2/5

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