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The Keeper of Lost Things

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  113,940 ratings  ·  10,409 reviews
Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life lovingly collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.

Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thou
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published January 26th 2017 by Two Roads
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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
Elyse  Walters
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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
Kristin (KC)
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweet
*3 Stars for originality!*

There is an undeniable sense of mystery and intrigue in something “lost”, and if considered enough, a single misplaced object can raise a multitude of questions: Who was the previous owner? What did this item mean to them? How did they come to misplace it? Who are they now without it?

Each of these “things” tell their own story, and will speak to you if you're willing to listen…

Anthony Peardew is THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS. Having never located something he once held dea
Helene Jeppesen
Nov 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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. ...more
I listened to the audio version of The Keeper of Lost Things and the narrators were fantastic. There are two story lines, with the present day story featuring Laura, divorced, treated badly by her ex-husband, feeling like she spent years letting her parents down, now working happily as an assistant for Anthony Peardew, a successful writer and a keeper of lost things. Heavy on Anthony's heart, aside from the fact that his fiance died many years ago, before they could get married, is that he lost ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witty, Quirky, and Charming!

The Keeper of Lost Things is an enchanting story about love, loss, friendship, and healing. A wonderful cast of endearing, quirky characters made this book a pleasure to read!

Writer Anthony Peardew collects lost objects. He’s spent years and years collecting, hoping that one day these items will be returned to their rightful owner. Anthony’s mission stems from his own loss. When Anthony dies, he leaves his collection of lost objects to Laura, his caretaker. Laura
Amalia Gkavea
‘’Found, sixth carriage from the front, 14:42 train from London Bridge to Brighton. Deceased unknown. God bless and rest in peace.’’

My relationship with this book has been a bit weird from the start. For almost a year, its beautiful cover with the peaceful cobalt blue background and the quiet pink beauty of its flowers has been calling my name from the shelf of my favourite bookshop. And every time, I would take it in my hands, read the blurb, scam and skim through a few paragraphs and retur
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ew
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
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
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2018, audio
After listening to too many mysteries, I needed a change of pace. This was it.

The plot has been described by other reviewers. Suffice it to say, the book was refreshing in a quirky sort of way. At first, it was somewhat confusing to listen to, as the POVs and storylines change with each chapter. But once I got the hang of it, especially the back stories on some of the lost items, it clipped along at a nice pace. Lovely, sweet, humorous, sad. It encompasses all the emotions. If I had been reading
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
"And so he had started to gather the things that other people lost. It was his only chance for atonement."

The Keeper of Lost Things was a bit of everything, it was sometimes connected and other times felt not related and out of place. The overall concept of the Keeper is unique, interesting and also fascinating. But, there is something in the narrative that seemed disconnected, and it actually was disappointing because it felt like the purpose of this book was about finding yourself and not gett
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highly-recommend
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!)
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Joey Woolfardis
Any book that has that many superlatives on its cover (and back, /AND/ special fold-out page) should be approached with caution, especially if one of them is the Daily Mail and another OK! magazine. But I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, because I owned it already and was in the mood for something that sounded quite intriguing.

It was recommended to me when I asked for short story collections. It is a novel, but within are lots of little short stories, so it kind of fits. The stor
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
Rebecca Dunbar
Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Steve Walsh
Feb 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: british
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
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-romcom
The Keeper of Lost Things is a delightful easy-read book with a unique story that is entertaining and highly enjoyable. The unique theme focuses on a very intriguing obsession of hoarding lost objects - not in a manner similar to Museum of Innocence, which was for personal indulgence, but in the hope that the items could be reunited with their owners. There is an altruistic tone to the story rather than an obsessive covetous desire to amass belongings. The mission is to return each
"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
3.5 stars rounded down (Very good)!

This book was such a wonderful, delightful, quiet and heartwarming tale that I wish I would have loved a little bit more. My mind wandered quite a bit while reading this one and I had a hard time staying focused on this story but, I absolutely loved the ending & the premise of this story though!

This is a feel-good story with a sweet and pleasing ending that I am happy that I read though. Would recommend!

I think I’m ready to read a fast-paced thriller! 😀
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

”I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to press my cheek to
A thrill I've never known, oh yeah
You smiled, you smiled oh and then the spell was cast
And here we are in Heaven
For you are mine at last

-- At Last, Etta James, Songwriters: Harry Warren / Mack Gordon

Whimsical. delightful, charming, comic, intelligent, magical, fantastical, lacy, decorous, cultivated, sweet, courteous, cordial, romantic, mysterious, quirky, touching, sad, humorous, wa
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Anthony Peardew collects lost items, catalogues them and stores them in his study hoping one day the thousands of objects will be reunited with their rightful owners. Knowing he is dying he bequeaths his house and all the lost treasures, to his assistant and friend Laura, the one person he knows who will carry out his wishes. However, unforeseen repercussions trigger some unanticipated series of encounters. As the threads of the story gradually pull together, questions are answered, lives are ch ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, brunch-club
Sigh. I didn't like this book. It's one of those cute, sweet, Hallmark-movie type stories that I wish I did like, but the simpleness and sweetness and the obvious way that everything wraps up perfectly is so implausible that it made me groan in frustration.

The story opens with a writer, Anthony, who enjoys collecting lost things (such as a lone puzzle piece in the street, a forgotten umbrella in the park, etc.) When Anthony dies, his assistant, Laura, is tasked with trying to return the hundreds
Maria Espadinha
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Real Life Tales

What a cover!
What an exquisite faithful portrait, springing from the heart of this book:
Objects spread among red roses, each of them enclosing a beautiful sad story -- roses with thorns -- fictions grazing anonymous truths -- episodes of someone’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 happens
This book was a complete disappointment and was ultimately, what I like to call, a drag. I suppose I should have took note of "The Daily Mail" calling it "Wonderful" or, I should have used that as a pre warning if you will, because calling this book wonderful, is nothing more than a dirty lie. I suppose the only good thing that has come out of this, is the fact I didn't spend any of my money on it, as thankfully, it was a gift.

I am flummoxed as to how this book landed on the Goodreads nomination
“Uncertain how to greet a person of such standing, Sunshine bobbed a little curtsey and offered him a high five.”

This story is partly old-school quaint (notes written with fountain pens) and partly up-to-the-minute modern (creating a website). We meet Anthony Peardew returning to “Padua”, his home of many years, always referred to by name, not address. He’s an elderly author, the owner of the fountain pen, whose house “was untainted by the tinnitus of technology.”

I enjoyed many of Hogan’s ph
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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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