The Library of Lost and Found

The Library of Lost and Found

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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: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Park Row Books, [2019]
ISBN: 9780778369356
Branch Call Number: FIC PAT
Characteristics: 348 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

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

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

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.

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.

ArapahoeKati May 08, 2019

Sweet, but not saccharine, novel about finding yourself and the meaning of family. Plus lots of book references and library love.

Apr 12, 2019

I have read the other books by this author and was touched by the stories and the characters. Not so much with this one. Too many characters that took away from the main story of Martha who felt that she had missed out on the love of her life and now finds her self middle aged, with no husband or children. She feels no worth in herself and so tries to always please everyone by never saying no. This would have been better if she concentrated more on her relationship with her grandmother who went missing from her life.

Mar 16, 2019

I wanted to love this book. It begins with a discovery of an old book at the door of a library. Martha, our heroine, opens the book and finds there is an inscription addressed to her. She has never seen the book before in her life -- and the inscription is signed by her deceased Nana, dated three years after her death. A mystery, to be sure. There are two timelines in the narrative. One is present day and Martha's story. The other is from Martha's childhood before Nana disappeared from her life. I really liked Martha, but she was hardly ever at her library. I think she might have gone into work a handful of times in the book. There were too many characters who were half-baked. In my mind, too many threads were introduced and then left hanging. Not a favorite for me.

Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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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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