The Keeper of Lost Things
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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 Gardens, 31st October.

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is a heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs. Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.

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  • Constance
    Mar 8, 2017


    Ever lose a favorite earring or the button off of your best coat? Where could that missing puzzle piece or biscuit tin have gone? What if there was a museum for all the lost things of our lives, or a website you could peruse for your missing item? The idea that someone would care enoug...

  • Amanda
    Mar 7, 2017


    "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...

  • Tracy
    Mar 4, 2017


    This is a lovely story, very reminiscent of Fredrick Backman, except without a fully formed curmudgeon ;) ...

  • Kerstin
    Mar 3, 2017


    Ein tolles, sehr bewegendes, aber auch unterhaltsames Buch. Ich mochte vor allem die kleinen Geschichten hinter all den Gegenständen. 4,5 SterneEine ausführliche Rezension folgt im Mai :) ...

  • Julie Reynolds
    Feb 27, 2017

    Julie Reynolds

    Wow. I absolutely loved this enchanting book. Wonderfully simple but beautifully written. Truly lovely. ...

  • Jill's Book Cafe
    Feb 22, 2017

    Jill's Book Cafe

    Well I think I can say with some confidence that this will definitely be in my Top Ten books of the year. It had everything I look for in a good read, a cracking plot, great characters, a will they, won't they romance, some whimsical quirks and just for good measure a collection of ado...

  • Gaele
    Feb 21, 2017


    Lost things: people, confidence, items and even relationships and trust and hope. The possibilities are endless. And Ruth Hogan brings us the stories of Laura, Anthony, Sunshine, Eunice and Bomber, gently unearthing their own lost items, and bringing them new connections and growth thr...

  • Tash
    Feb 20, 2017


    Reviewed @ Confessions From Romaholics Review copy kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest reviewHave you ever wonder what happened to your lost things. In a beautiful debut , Hogan just tells that in a potent story about those lost things and what exactly happens to ...

  • Mari
    Feb 19, 2017


    The quote on the front cover says one word. "Delightful". I would absolutely agree. This delightful story introduces us to an old man who has spent his life giving a place in his study to all the lost things he finds day to day. As he reaches the end of his life he must pass their care...

  • Esil
    Feb 18, 2017


    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...