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The Little Shop of Found Things

(Found Things #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  9,049 ratings  ·  1,457 reviews
A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure, reminiscent of Outlander

New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance to launch a new series guaranteed to enchant her audience even more.

Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh s
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 2nd 2018)
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Paula Brackston Hi, thanks for your question, and I'm so glad you are enjoying my stories. There is indeed a beautiful, carved screen in the hall in Great Chalfield M…moreHi, thanks for your question, and I'm so glad you are enjoying my stories. There is indeed a beautiful, carved screen in the hall in Great Chalfield Manor. I was lucky enough to stay at the house and soak up the atmosphere!(less)
Paula Brackston Hi! This is the first book in a continuing series. Book two should be available next autumn!
Hi! This is the first book in a continuing series. Book two should be available next autumn!

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Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Little Shop of Found Things is the beginning of a new series involving time travel and antiques. Xanthe and her mother, Flora have an antique shop in Marlborough. Xanthe has a special gift of being able to touch an antique object and experience a sense of the past and the story the antique holds. One day she feels a connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine and knows she must purchase it and find out more. While she is examining her new find, she is transported back to the seventeenth cent ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mesmerizing, magical & bewitching!

The premise and themes that are featured in this book are probably some of my most favourite elements that I love to read about in my books. The supernatural, magical realism, time travel and antiques. Then bring all those things together into a book adding a little bit of romance to the storyline then I’m one happy and very contented reader!

THE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS by PAULA BRACKSTON is a charming, haunting, suspenseful and romantic novel that I absolute
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was the cover that drew me to this book. When I saw it, it was a magical experience for me. I found myself for the first time on a long time just staring at the cover mesmerized. One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to try and find a "cute little town" and go antiquing followed by lunch of course at an equally quaint restaurant or pub.
So I found myself transfixed by this cover wishing that I could be transported to the Antique shop in the quaint town and get to go inside to see
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 stars! A mysterious, haunting and magical journey.

This charming tale follows Xanthe (love that name!) and her mother, Flora, who leave big city life to take over an antiques shop in the small, historic town of Marlborough, Wiltshire. Xanthe has always had an unexplainable connection to antiques, finding some pieces ‘speak’ to her of their past. Soon after arriving in the small town, while attending an antiques auction in a nearby village, Xanthe finds herself drawn to a silver, seventeenth cen
Angela M
Sep 30, 2018 marked it as abandoned-not-for-me
I’ve decided not to finish this one . I read to 40% and it’s quite slow and I’m just not captivated. Onwards ! Another book is in
the wings.
Xanthe and her mother Flora’s arrival at the small village of Marlborough was a new start for them both. The past was not worth thinking about for either of them, although unfortunately it was still present. When Flora had discovered the old antique shop, which had been unoccupied since the previous owner’s death, she was excited. Flora’s love of antiques, along with Xanthe’s affinity to some of the pieces meant the opening of the shop was a perfect solution. Plus, the residence which was above ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I listened to this audio book and what a pleasure it was! The narrator's voice and expressions was perfect! Paula Brackston's words are beautiful and her descriptions make you feel as if you are right there! Also loved the cover of this book. Just perfect!

Xanthe and her mother Flora have opened an antique shop. Xanthe has always had a sort of, "power" that when she touches old things she can feel and hear their story. She discovers an old, "Chatelaine" from the 17th century in the newly bought s
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston is the first book in the new series by the same name. This one is a time traveling fantasy read with a touch of paranormal and mixed with romance and mystery along the way.

Ever since Xanthe was a little girl she has had the unique ability of objects “talking” to her and telling her their story when she touches them. She and her mother, Flora, are just opening up a new antique shop when the two attend an auction when Xanthe finds a beautiful 17th
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
The Little Shop of Found Things is a historical fantasy and the first in a series for Paula Brackston and definitely one we are looking forward to reading more of.

The Little Shop of Found Things is a charming and intriguing adventure through time with a mystery, some historical details and a dash of romance (well maybe a bit more than a dash) that I really enjoyed from start to finish. It does start off a bit slow and takes some time to get into.

Paula Brackston creates an interesting character h
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston from NetGalley for my honest review.

Xanthe Westgate has a connection to objects. The objects sing to her and provide her with images and stories from the people who originally owned them. Xanthe moved to Marlbrough with her mom, Flora, to open an antique shop. There, she experiences her biggest connection ever with a specific object. She is trying to uncover it's secrets. In doing this she is going back and forth from t
Andreia ❤Arts, Books & Nature❤
"Outside, the evening was hot and still. They sat on the old stone bench beneath the shade of na unruly butterfly bush. Among its purple blooms fluttered Red Admirals and Small Tortoiseshells - some settled on the flowers spreading their wings to catch the last of the evening Sun."

WHAT A CHARMING BOOK!! So cozy and interesting!! Already waiting for a sequel!!
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Xanthe shook her head, refusing to let her own experiences hold her back. She was not here for herself. Someone was calling her. Someone else was trapped and afraid. Aside from her own memories, she could feel another level of anxiety. One that was connected to the antique silver in her hands. Was the fear that she was experiencing that of whomever had owned the chatelaine, or her own nervousness at what might be shown to her? At what she might be made to feel and experience? Or at her ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
After leaving London for a fresh start, Xanthe runs an antique store in Marlborough with her mother, Flora. Xanthe finds herself feeling a connection to the people that owned the items that they offer for sale in the shop. Then it becomes more than just a feeling....she touches one item and finds herself transported back to 1605. A ghost demands Xanthe's help with righting an injustice.

This book is such a nice blend of supernatural, mystery and romance. It's a bit like Outlander meets antique-i
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Going to be placing this one in the DNF file. I have never been a fan of time travel books and unfortunately, this book was no exception.
Erin Clemence
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

“The Little Shop of Found Things” by Paula Brackston falls into the genre, which I am now identifying as, ‘time travel fiction’.

Xanthe and her mother, Flora, are keen to start a new life after acquiring a small, antiques shop in an equally small U.K town. Xanthe has always felt an attachment to antiques, sometimes feeling so strong a physical attachment that she is able to
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was a wonderful story! I have to admit that I was probably first drawn to this book by its lovely cover. Isn't it gorgeous? I also loved the idea of a book set in a little shop but once I knew that the story had an element of time-travel, I knew that I had to read this book. I was completely captivated by this book and couldn't wait to see how everything would work out.

Xanthe and her mother, Flora, are starting over. They have b
✨ Gramy ✨

The cover and blurb for The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston drew me in with high hopes of a very magical experience. However, the bewitching phenomena never struck the right chord. with me.

New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance to launch a new series guaranteed to enchant her audience even more.

A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure, re
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A remarkable blend of magic, mystery and romance.
Xanthe and her mother open an antique shop in Marlbrough looking for a fresh start.Leaving London behind. Xanthe has a deep connection to the antiques she finds. All she has to do is hold it in her hands. So when she discovers a silver Chatelaine it sets her on a wild mystery. A ghost taunts her endlessly to clear her daughters name. But that means Xanthe would have to be in the seventeenth century. A wonderful story full of magic, time travel an
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
A gracious thank you to St Martin's Press and Paula Brackston for an advanced copy. The plot lives up to its promise of ghosts, time travel and romance. It reminded me very much of the Outlander and I can see readers who fell in love with that series, gravitating towards this one too.

Unfortunately for me, and it appears I'm in the minority here, I just wasn't able to connect with the characters and plot. I tried hard to invest myself fully but struggled to care. I think what made it a challenge
h o l l i s
I'm no stranger to Brackston's witchier novels, so when I saw this contemporary time travel adventure set around a woman with psychometry -- aka the ability to connect or feel impressions from objects -- I was intrigued. Not quite witchy but also a little bit magical.

THE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS is a slow build of a mother and daughter starting over in a small town after both have faced hardship, both wanting to move on and begin anew. Xanthe's ability to connect with objects is given extra p
I received a free e-copy of The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston from NetGalley for my honest review.

This is the first book I have ever read by Paula Brackston. It was a fun and fast read. Xanthe, has a connection to objects and in the antique business that can be a problem when a ghost discovers her gift. Traveling back to 1605 to save a relative of the ghost but the ghost threatens Xanthe's mother. That is where complications arise. This is a book of time travel, romance, and mys
May 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
A very interesting premise but spoiled by too much inner musings... Xanthe keep questioning herself and endlessly musing about what she would do, what she shell do and what she did....
All this keeps interripting the flow of the story and even happens during dialogues! Often I had to go back to the beginning of a dialogue to remeber what they were talking about!

Also I just couldn't understand why she didn't to from the start what she did in the end!
(I know that this sentence do not sound like som
Patty Smith
Many thanks to Netgalley, St. Martin’s Press and Paula Brackston for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy.

Xanthe and her mother move to the small town of Marlborough to start life over and open up an antique shop. Both are running away from bad men. They are low on funds and there is pressure to open up the shop as soon as possible. Xanthe has a unique ability. She has a special, magical connections to old o
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this adventure! I love books that take you back in time and this one was fun with a ghost, a witch, time travel, a love interest (or two?) and a matter of life and death. Although the witchcraft in this book was decidedly understated, Xanthe definitely had a gift. Objects "sang" to her and she was driven to solve what they were trying to tell her. This adventure pushed her to go back in time to attempt to prevent the hanging of a young girl accused of stealing.

Warm characters and lots of
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel early.

I have only good things to say about The Little Shop of Found Things and I'm delighted this book lived up to and even surpassed my expectations! I didn't read the entire blurb when I decided to request this book from Netgalley, so I wasn't quite sure what to this story had in store for me. Judging by the cover and title, and the Historical Fiction genre, I pinned my hopes on these things delivering
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Xanthe has a special gift. When she touches antiques she can sense something from the items past. So, when Xanthe is at an auction and sees an old chatelaine she feels the tingle of connection. She must have it and learn of its story. Little does she know, there's a link between the chatelaine and the new store she and her mother have just bought. Nor does she know that a ghost will forever change her life.

Deanne Patterson
What an awesome start to a new series! This is a new to me author but now that I am familiar with her writing she is on my list of favorite books for the year! This is the reason right here why I continue to read historical books. Even though fictional they are filled with truthful facts and continue to teach me things. This is a book featuring modern times with our cell phones and modern conveniences and a time slip back to the seventeenth century. Witchcraft and burning at the stakes were comm ...more
MaryannC. Book Freak
A lovely time travel read about a young woman named Xanthe who with her mom Flora have decided to both begin their lives anew in the quaint town of Marlborough by opening an antiques shop. The story begins when Xanthe connects with a lovely chatelaine, a connection she sometimes feels with objects that seem to reveal their history to her. As Xanthe seeks to discover the reasons why she feels such a strong pull to the chatelaine a ghost reveals itself to demand that Xanthe help it right an injust ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
The Little Shop of Found Things is a charming and magical read that I immensely enjoyed. While it is a story based on time travel, it is not at all sci-fi. Some have compared it to Outlander and while I never read the books and only saw a little of the TV series, I can assure you that The Little Shop of Found Things does not contain the muskets, guns and sexual violence found I’m Outlander but does have the romance.

This book drew me right in with the opening sentence and held my attention until
Janice Boychuk
I was drawn to this novel because of the historical component, but a little hesitant of the supernatural element. Books of the paranormal, supernatural and fantasy persuasion aren't generally my favourite genre, however I do like time-travel and antiques, so I was glad I stepped outside of the box with this book!

The main character, Xanthe experiences sensations from objects that "speak" to her. This particular piece, a chatelaine she found at an auction, connects her to a present-day ghost and
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Paula Brackston (aka PJ Brackston)is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter, The Winter Witch, and The Midnight Witch(2014).

Paula has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. In 2007 Paula was short listed in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book 'Nutters' (writing as PJ Da

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