The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

The Keeper of Lost Things

A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.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 Ga...

Details The Keeper of Lost Things

TitleThe Keeper of Lost Things
Release DateFeb 21st, 2017
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Fantasy

Reviews The Keeper of Lost Things

  • Paromjit
    This is a delightful, charming, and comic read set in London and Brighton which I adored. Laura is a divorced and broken woman for whom intimacy has proved to be a disappointment. She finds employment as housekeeper and assistant to writer Anthony Peardew, who experienced heartbreak with the loss of his beloved Therese on his wedding day. That event has coloured and haunted his entire life, with guilt over a broken promise, a lost communion medal...
  • Elyse
    Library ebookOnce in-awhile a book comes along that feels a little lacy, dressy, decorous, cultivated, rosy, sweet, courteous, cordial, romantic, a little mysterious, quirky, touching, sad, humorous, warm, cozy, and loving. AND YOU’RE UP FOR THE TASK! This novel was very unexpected- I not only mean the novel itself— but my enjoyment of absolutely EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. I consider myself to be a modern woman —- I rarely tap into an appreciatio...
  • Esil
    Charming, light and whimsical are the words I would use to describe The Keeper of Lost Things. Set in England, the story features two parallel stories that ultimately come together quite nicely. One story features middle aged Laura who inherits a house full of lost objects which she is tasked with reuniting with their owners. The other story features the lengthy unlikely friendship between Eunice and Bomber. What makes this one good are the detai...
  • PorshaJo
    What a cute, quirky, charming book that gives you the 'feels-goods' all over. Sometimes you have to believe, that things happen for a reason. And this book, certainly points that out.Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. His wife died many years ago. On the day she died, on the way to meet her, Anthony lost some precious item that she gave to him and made him promise to always keep with him. Anthony was distraught at loosing his wife and ...
  • Phrynne
    This book was a real pleasure to read. It had a bit of everything, romance, ghostly presences, magic, mystery and clever literary references being just some. I enjoyed all of the characters especially Sunshine with her quirky speech and odd ways. Two main stories alternate and meander gently through the book, interspersed with lovely anecdotes about the lost things. Some of these are quite sharp and counteract the general sweetness of the book. M...
  • *TANYA*
    Enchanting!!! A fairytale type of story and I loved it!! Funny, witty, sad and very endearing!! The characters and all the side stories were very engaging. (I’m off to make a lovely cup of tea!)
  • Helene Jeppesen
    1.5/5 stars. Okay, this was really bad! Maybe my expectations for this book were a bit too high since I picked it up because it was nominated for Goodreads’ Best Fiction 2017, but I can’t say I understand why it’s on this list. “The Keeper of Lost Things” is, in my opinion, a mediocre and sentimental love story that operates with superficial characters and unbelievable scenes. For instance, The Keeper of Lost Things turns out to be an o...
  • Meredith
    Witty, Quirky, and Charming!The Keeper of Lost Things is an enchanting story about love, loss, friendship, and healing. A wonderful cast of endearing, quirky characters made this book a pleasure to read! Writer Anthony Peardew collects lost objects. He’s spent years and years collecting, hoping that one day these items will be returned to their rightful owner. Anthony’s mission stems from his own loss. When Anthony dies, he leaves his collec...
  • Margitte
    This was a super entertaining, fun, mysterious, and charming read. Love in different forms, from different angles, and stories in the little things lost. And then there is the Keeper of Lost Things, who knew how to connect the dots for those who needed to find ending in the clues. A dollop of magic realism strewn around London and Brighton. Mmmm .... spooky, sad, and funny. The blurb is longgggg....and explains the book. I'm just adding the first...
  • Amanda
    "It had been in his pocket as he stood waiting for Therese on the corner of Great Russell Street. But she never came, and by the time he got home that day, he had lost them both. He went back to look for the medallion. He searched the streets and gutters, but he had known that it was a hopeless task. It was as though he had lost her twice. It was the invisible thread that would have connected him to her even after she was gone, but now it was bro...
  • Alena
    I was so drawn to the premise of this book -- a man mourning the loss of the love of his life collects lost objects, hoping to reunite them with their owners, meanwhile writing short stories about each object. So much potential there.It started off with charm but quickly fell apart into disjointed parallel storylines, with so many plot contrivances I was groaning. Add the ancillary characters who were only there to move the plot and by the time t...
  • Victoria
    Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. Marcus Aurelius An uplifting, enchanting and marvelously crafted escapist read with minimal fluff and maximum appeal. The Keeper of Lost Things is the perfect antidote for what ails us. As much a tale about the loss of things as people, love and even self, the threads that connect us and the kindness of strangers.Hoga...
  • Helga
    Sometimes when you are reading a book, you feel you want to join the characters, have some tea and biscuits with them, share their laughter and sorrows and cheer them in their journeys, be a part of them, be with them. And when you read the final chapter, the final sentence, and you see THE END, you feel miserable that the time has come for you to say your farewells. Well, this is one of those books. An enchanting debut novel from Ruth Hogan abou...
  • Patti
    If I had a dollar for every time the author wrote,"a lovely cup of tea", I could buy another book.
  • Maria Espadinha
    A Cereja que Bóia no CocktailChá...Fantasmas...Mistério...Magia...É neste estranho cocktail que esta história acontece!E que livro único!Daqueles em que se exclama:Oh!... Nunca li nada assim!...E é sempre tão reconfortante soltar uma exclamação cada vez mais funda!Que teima por não sair!Deleitei-me a sorver este cocktail de sabores exóticos!... ;)E que capa!Objectos perdidos, disseminados sobre rosas vermelhas.Cada objecto, uma histó...
  • Steve Walsh
    I was sent a copy of The Keeper of Lost Things by Goodreads, which means that it is a shame that I feel duty bound to put up a review of this book. I pretty much knew from paragraph one that I wasn’t going to like it. It is the worst book I have read in a long, long time, and certainly the worst book I have finished. The most complimentary word I can find to describe it is ‘cute’. Everything about it is cute, every stereotyped character is ...
  • Poppy fairy
    A ray of sunshine of a novel. Beautifully written. Every character I cared about. I highly recommend to contemporary readers as the whole story just pulls you in.
  • Pauline
    The Keeper of Lost Things was very different from the books I usually read. It had a lot of different storylines and characters. Some of the characters were very likeable and my favourite character was Sunshine. I would like to thank NetGalley and John Murray Press for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️
    A delightful feel good story.
  • Marialyce
    If you are a lover of wonderfully told stories where people truly love one another, then this book is ever so right for you. It is told with such tenderness of a love story immersed within two love stories. It is a story of requited love and love that was felt but never could be carried through. It was a story of people, a bit broken at times, but with the strength and love we all possess and probably should show more of. This was a feel good sto...
  • Carolyn
    This is a really lovely gentle story full of warmth and charm. Anthony Peardew is the original 'Keeper of Lost Things'. He not only lost his beautiful fiance, Therese, just before their wedding day but also a precious medallion she gave him that he promised to keep forever. Never able to get over her loss, he began to collect lost object, carefully recording where he found them, a button, a child's umbrella, even a box containing someone's ashes....
  • Jen
    This was such a delightful, charming, beautifully written novel. ♥ The Keeper of Lost Things had me entranced from start to finish. A little quirky, a little whimsical, a little witty, a little mysterious, a little all added up to one delightful read! In The Keeper of Lost Things we meet Anthony Peardew, a broken hearted widow who begins to collect items he finds after the loss of his beloved. He writes beautiful tales of these found...
  • Rebecca Dunbar
    AWFUL. Truly appalling. I don't even know where to start. Maybe with a single positive - the first three chapters were quite good, and it's a terrible shame that Anthony Peardew didn't stick around because things went decidedly downhill after he died. I started to really worry about the book when it became clear that there would be no shift in the narrative voice whatsoever - and what I mean by that is that, when the little 'stories behind the it...
  • Hannah
    Anthony Peardew has lost something precious to him, breaking a promise to someone he loved dearly. He would give anything to get it back and now he collects anything he deems lost in hopes that he will one day reunite the objects with their owners. But time is running out and his study is still filled with lost things. Laura is the houskeeper of Mr Peardew's lovely home, Padua. When he dies, he leaves the house to her under the condtion that she ...
  • Mary
    Dear Reader,This was truly one of the most beautifully written books that I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Not specifically looking for it,yesterday,in the bookstore it found me. Once I'd read the first page I knew it had found a new home. Wonderfully descriptive,this story weaves the life stories of Anthony,Therese,Laura, Freddy,Sunshine,Eunice and Bomber into a rich tapestry of daily life burnished with its myriad sorrows and joys.Peppere...
  • G.J.
    This is a wonderful book, when I read the first few pages I was really not sure, I came across a couple of sentences which I thought "oh no, not dozens of adjectives to just describe one thing" BUT as the story progressed I settled into it and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are so many stories within the book but this doesn't distract from the pleasure of reading it, it enhances it . The variety of characters are by turn entertaining, amusing, irri...
  • Maria Espadinha
    Real Life TalesWOW! What a cover!What an exquisite faithful portrait, springing from the heart of this book:Those objects spread among red roses, each one with a beautiful sad story to tell -- roses with thorns -- fictions grazing anonymous truths -- episodes of anyone's real life.The perfect graphic teaser for this particular storyline!...The story about to begin, will lead us into an universe where characters are knots merged in a web -- people...
  • Mandy Radley
    I absolutely loved this book. A perfect read, especially when laid on a sun lounger. Highly recommended
  • Anne
    The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan is published in hardback by Two Roads Books on 26 January 2017, and is the author's debut novel.Every now and again, a book comes along that can make the reader laugh out loud and then cry within just a couple of pages. The Keeper of Lost Things is one of those books. I have been absolutely entranced by it for the past few days.Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. He has spent most of his life pick...