The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Having collected a lifetime of lost objects in order to deal with the loss of his fiancee, Anthony Peardew bequeaths his secret life's mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and all its lost treasures--and the responsibility to return each one to its owner.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062473530
Branch Call Number: FIC HOGA
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 29, 2020

So it's not great literature! But for a tale to enjoy during the long days of Covid-19 stay at home it was a welcome addition to my reading. I loved the fact that there were so many quaint British sayings and phrases that I needed to look up (i.e. I learned some things). My favorite "passing the port to the ..."

Apr 28, 2020

A quaint story that goes back and forth between a repository for lost things, and short stories of how and by whom the items were lost. I don't normally like interrupted storylines, but the author was skillful with her transitions. This book changed how I looked at the occasional items I find on my daily walks.

Apr 27, 2020

Adorable story and short stories added in between. Somewhat slow though.

Feb 08, 2020

Meh. A cute idea for a story but lacked much depth. Characters are one dimensional and the story line is predictable. A read that doesn’t challenge you to think too much if that’s what you are looking for.

Nov 14, 2019

. . . and they all lived happily ever after . . .

Sep 19, 2019

Although a bit slow to start, this charming, quirky novel is part mystery, part love story, part ghost story, and part ode to the world's collectors (aka pack rats). When Laura is hired to be Anthony Peardew's personal assistant, she unknowingly finds a second chance at life. A bad marriage and even worse divorce has pretty much beaten her down. After entering Anthony's world, complete with a handsome gardener and a teenager named Sunshine who's determined to be her friend, Laura regains an interest in life. A surprise inheritance also helps her come to terms with her past and move forward towards the future.

Aug 19, 2019

Returned this book before finishing it, I just couldn’t get into it..

Jul 27, 2019

This well written story will remind you of all the good that still exists in the world and the strength of real love. A definite mood booster.

Jun 19, 2019


Apr 03, 2019

This is a delightful read. The author is a good story teller. There are many interesting characters. I didn't want the book to end.

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SPL_Robyn May 15, 2017

Imagine you’ve lost something precious. Something small, insignificant even, to anyone else in the world. But imagine that the loss of this tiny object haunts you for the rest of your life. And maybe even afterlife. And imagine there is someone else in the world who treasures this object as much as you and would happily return it to you – except you each exist only on the periphery of each other’s lives, barely knowing each other exists.

This is just one of the premises at the heart of Ruth Hogan’s debut novel, The Keeper of Lost Things. The keeper is Anthony Peardew and those readers who know a smattering of French realize how apt his surname is. Anthony has been finding and keeping lost things for decades, ever since losing the one item and one person with whom he never wanted to part. He only tells his faithful assistant Laura of this collection in a post-mortem letter in which he leaves her everything, and asks of her the impossible – to reunite the lost things with their owners, if they want them.

Laura is befriended by Sunshine, a young woman with Down syndrome (dancing dome, in Sunshine’s words) who is far cleverer than Laura realizes, and by Freddy, Anthony’s former gardener. As they collectively decide how to approach this Herculean task, Laura comes to realize the house she loves is the least significant of the treasures Anthony has left her, and that the objects are connected in ways only fate could have orchestrated. Every lost object has its own story, amusing or poignant, real and imagined.

There is a major subplot involving an unusual couple (for the day) which seems completely out of place until it isn’t. This is what I love about this novel - the hints, clues and small details that – like the lost objects themselves – keep the reader going back and forth within the pages, piecing together their puzzle. As the novel nears conclusion the moving parts and separate stories very gently coalesce in the most satisfactory way, making this my favourite release so far this year. Enjoy – this book is a true keeper.

~Robyn Godfrey, Outreach and Collections Librarian


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