The Library of Lost and Found

The Library of Lost and Found

Large Print - 2019
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A librarian's discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the international 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 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: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2019
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432861544
Branch Call Number: FIC PATRI P
Characteristics: large print., rda

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lola_jane
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.

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mjk236sb
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.

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darladoodles
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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