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The Keeper of Lost Things

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  46,928 Ratings  ·  3,539 Reviews
A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel 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.

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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by William Morrow
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Kristi My conclusion by the end of the novel is that the object stories were the actual events connected with the loss of the object. But at first, like you,…moreMy conclusion by the end of the novel is that the object stories were the actual events connected with the loss of the object. But at first, like you, I was uncertain if that was the case or if they were Anthony's stories about the objects. (less)

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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, and led to the enormous collection of lost items ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Once 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 appreciation for people’s sentimental tchotchkes. I ‘did’ ......tap
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 details such as stories about the lost objects and Laur ...more
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 also the one item that would keep his promise and
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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. Mind you this is a book which starts and ends with
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
Nov 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 old man who collects lost things he finds and then writes dow
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 introductory paragraph here:
A charming, clever, a
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
"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 broken along with his promise to her. And so it was t ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 the ghost (yes, ghost) came in I was pretty much do
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 about love, friendship and passion, life and afterlife
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.

Hogan has seamlessly plotted two separate stories, e
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If I had a dollar for every time the author wrote,"a lovely cup of tea", I could buy another book.
Maria Espadinha
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Cereja que Bóia no Cocktail


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 história linda e triste -- uma rosa com espinhos
Episódios da vida re
Steve Walsh
Feb 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 cute, every stereotyped dog is cute. It is sugar, coated ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Poppy fairy
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 story, one that will propel you out of the doldrums a
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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 tries her very best to find the owners of all the
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Anthony began to write short stories based on the ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.

Peppered with emotive issues,soulful moments and delightf
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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, irritating, funny . Throughout the whole book there is ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 objects and files them away in his study. After he ...more
Maria Espadinha
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Real Life Tales

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 crossing at due timings, showing that nothing hap
Rebecca Dunbar
Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mandy Radley
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. A perfect read, especially when laid on a sun lounger. Highly recommended
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 picking up the items that others have lost, taking the
Saoirse Milotte
Laura has nothing left to lose when she applies for a job as a housekeeper and secretary for writer Anthony Peardew. Her marriage to her cheating childhood sweetheart has collapsed, her burning desire for children was never fulfilled and she has no education to speak of. Anthony’s house is like a balm on her soul, quiet, beautiful and filled with the bitter sweet memories of Anthony’s dead wife. There is only one room, the study, that she is not permitted to enter. When Anthony dies and leaves h ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i am surprise by this book. i though its going to be boring book. reading couple first chapters it does looks very very boring.

but then it gets very intereting about 45%. see how magical it is for the keper of lost things collecting lost objects and try to reunite it with the owner. or at least putting it on narrative.

i always though lost things uave their own story. story about the joy, the lost, the salvation of the owner.

delightful reading.
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I was born in the house where my parents still live in Bedford: my sister was so pleased to have a sibling that she threw a thrupenny bit at me. As a child I read everything I could lay my hands on: The Moomintrolls, A Hundred Million Francs, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the back of cereal packets and gravestones. I was mad about dogs and horses, but didn't like daddy-long-legs or sugar i ...more
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