The Keeper of Lost Things
by Ruth Hogan
Anthony Pardrew is the keeper of the lost things, one day he carelessly looses a keepsake from his fiancé who then died suddenly on the same day, broken hearted he found solace for many years in finding lost things – that others may have dropped, misplaced or left behind on purpose. Hoping that maybe one-day the lost thing he picks up is the very object he lost all those years ago. Anthony sadly passes away and leaves everything to his housekeeper Laura who is now the keeper of the lost things. Can Laura reunite all of Anthony’s lost objects with their rightful owners?
This is the first book I have read in 2018 and to be honest it was full of disappointment. The beginning of the novel was really enchanting, I thought it was a really original idea and was excited to see what Laura, The Keeper of Lost Things would do with all of Anthony’s lost finds. However instead of the novel progressing about finding all the owners of the hundreds of lost things, a large proportion of the novel is a romance between Laura and the Gardener, I really wasn’t expecting this to happen as this wasn’t highlighted in the blurb. If I wanted to read a romance novel I would of found another book to read.
I think the idea for this novel was great; in parts (mainly the first few chapters) it was quite enchanting and charming but as I read on it become very clichéd, too “cute” and repetitive, The phrase “A lovely cup of tea” I must of read that about 100x, which got really dull and frustrating. There seemed to be a lot of “fluff” to read around and really odd things thrown into the mix, such as the ghost. I think it just needed to be refined slightly, there was already a lot going on with the parallel story lines, the small stories about some of the lost things, the ghost, and the love story of Laura & the gardener as well? Did it really need ALL of this…not really.
The Keeper of Lost Things is probably great for a chilled holiday read, an easy reading cute story that you can pick up and drop by, whilst at the pool or on the beach, but if you are looking to read something with a bit more structure, substance and no “fluff” then this is not the book for you. However I will end on a positive note; I did have a favourite character and that was Baby Jane… the pug, and I think the graphics for the cover are really lovely.
Have you read The Keeper of Lost Things? What did you think of this novel did you love it or hate it? I would love to hear from you. Katie x