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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  4,217 ratings  ·  943 reviews
"Sweet and resonant." -- People , "Best New Books" Pick"A heartwarming and tender tale of growth and redemption.... Curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and a biscuit and be entranced by this delightful story." -- Library Journal, starred reviewA librarian's discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the internationa ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Park Row
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Morgan Adding "I don't mean to be rude" doesn't make your statement magically okay to say. Nor is this a helpful question. I understand that not everyone…moreAdding "I don't mean to be rude" doesn't make your statement magically okay to say. Nor is this a helpful question. I understand that not everyone enjoys the same thing, but that also means what one person considers a waste of time, another person considers valuable. I have no way of answering your question without understanding what you value.(less)
Phaedra Patrick That’s a really interesting question. Thank you. I originally studied art, so I did want to do some illustrations for the fairy stories but didn’t…moreThat’s a really interesting question. Thank you. I originally studied art, so I did want to do some illustrations for the fairy stories but didn’t have time. I enjoyed writing the stories, but moved straight onto writing book 4 after this one. There were two stories that didn’t make the finished book, so perhaps I could put these on my website so readers can take a look. :)(less)

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Phaedra Patrick
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As a child, I used the visit the library each week on Saturday. I loved to be surrounded by the books and you had to search for titles using cards in tiny drawers - so exciting. I used to browse the shelves, select books to read, and also hoped that one day I could write one too. Books can help you to escape, they entertain and educate, and libraries are so important, wherever you live in the world. I wanted to celebrate them and give them centre stage in The Library of Lost and Found. The novel ...more
Katie B
Cute story, and it had some touching moments but I think I'm going to put it in the decent but not amazing read category.

Librarian Martha Storm is used to doing favors for the people in her life but not really getting anything back in return. It's like her wants and needs don't seem to matter much to anyone. One day she receives a book of fairy tales with a dedication written inside by her grandmother, Zelda. Martha was told years ago Zelda had died so she isn't sure what the heck is going on b
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charming and sweet! And books! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

After hearing so many good things about The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, I simply had to read The Library of Lost and Found.

Ahh, the charm of a library? Heaven for us book lovers, right? Martha Storm is a librarian and a touch quirky. She prefers books to people and keeps lists of how to help others in her notebook. She never feels like she belongs.

One day, a fairy tale book arrives inscribed by her grandmother, Zelda, also her best friend, who myster
A glorious story packed with charm and peppered with hope!

Phaedra Patrick has crafted a quiet, quirky, and quaint tale. This book was so special... A book about complicated family dynamics, discovering who you are, and understanding that it’s OK to put yourself first. The book also treats the reader to a generous dose of Mystery and a magical sprinkling of fairytales. An enchanting tale unlike anything I’ve read before.

Martha is a people pleaser. She works as a volunteer at the library and spe
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do love books about libraries - always one of my favorite places. Martha Storm works at the library in her local seaside town. She derives a sense of purpose by doing things for other people. She keeps a list of tasks and checks them off when they are done. Martha lives alone. She took care of her ageing parents for years and now they are gone. Martha feels invisible. Then a special mysterious book turns up and things start happening that will change Martha's life. There's a mystery to solve.

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Martha’s cheeks began to burn. If she touched them with a wet finger they might hiss.

“He said he liked your traumatic reading.” Martha hoped she meant dramatic reading.

“Is it true he was on board that fishing boat, that cat’s-eyed?” “Capsized?”

“We’ll just do a little trim,” Suki said. The bells on her ankle bracelet jingled as she circled Martha, peering into her hair as if she was looking for eggs in a large bird’s nest.

“Sometimes putting things to rest from your past can be cat
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

A package for Martha? What a nice surprise.

Could it really be for her? No one does things for her. She is the one who never says no and does things for everyone else.

When Martha sees what is in the package, she can’t stop asking herself questions about it.

Does this book actually have copies of Martha’s stories that she would write because of her Grandmother's prompting?

Martha always was interested in writing stories because her grandmother encouraged her to write them. Her hopes went up, but
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this eBook from the author, publisher, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Martha Storm works at a local library as a librarian and tends to help others before she can help herself. When a mysterious package arrives at her doorstep which turns out to be a book of short stories she had written and recited to her grandmother Zelda, she goes to find out who published the book and why. Will this bring back someone from her past who was thought to be gone
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The thought of doing something out of character again gave her a small buzz.
The premise is amazing. I love books about books, particularly when there is a bookstore or library at its forefront. I really liked some of the familial angst. What could be better than a novel that combines family drama and literary mystery? I found myself engrossed in the story and enthralled by the graceful writing. The Library of Lost and Found is a moving tale that captures the turmoil of families while also offe
B.A. Paris
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those lovely, heartwarming stories that restores your faith in human nature. I loved Phaedra's other two books but what I especially love about The Library of Lost and Found is that there is also a mystery to be solved. At its centre is Martha Storm, who works at the local library and who thrives on helping other people and making them feel good about themselves. She rarely asks for anything for herself - and if she does, everyone is too busy to help her! - or does anything for he ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
How can you not love a book whose cover features a stack of books with a cup of tea on top. It sets it up as very inviting for us bibliophiles. This charming story had me smiling, laughing and even tearing up once or twice. There are a few twists and turns that I never saw coming which further added to my enjoyment. The characters are three dimensional and quirky in their own way, which makes them seem very real. Patrick uses alternating timelines effectively — the short vignettes that take plac ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Every once in a while I need a palate cleanser between books. I want a charming story where things aren't going well for the main character in the beginning but through a series of entertaining events everything works out nice and neat in the end.

Phaedra Patrick tugged at my heart strings with her novel The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper so when I received an e-ARC of her upcoming release The Library of Lost and Found, I was looking forward to spending a chilly afternoon curled up with a cozy r
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the past I have enjoyed reading books with a library setting, so thought I would try this one. It is fun to read books that mention other books and authors that I am familiar with.
Martha Storm worked at the town library and was a helpful and giving woman with very low self esteem. When she finds a fairytale book in very rough shape with a dedication to her, Martha is puzzled. While searching for answers to her questions about the book, Martha uncovers family secrets and also discovers things
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
Based on the title alone I had a feeling I would like this one, who doesn’t adore books about books and libraries after all?! They’re such fun and with a main character who’s a librarian with an interesting personality and strange family history, I was totally enthralled.

This was such a charming and quirky read, really unusual in the best possible way, I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like it before. The only book I can even compare it to is Eleanor Oliphant and I liked this one bette
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Martha Storm cared for her aging parents for 15 years before their deaths. She does favors for everyone. She wants to be The Good Neighbor.....the one who is always there to help out, to be kind, to be useful. Her whole house is filled with these favors....laundry that needs to be done, fish and plants that need looking after, items to be repaired, pants to hem.....her whole life is filled with self-imposed obligations to others. Then one book....a book given to her by a stranger....changes ever ...more
Gail C.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The Library of the Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick follows the story of Martha, a woman who is now approaching middle age and whose entire existence has devolved into doing anything and everything for others. She measures her worth by the number of tasks she can take on, even as they begin to weigh her down and overwhelm her life.
Into this chaos, a book surfaces that contains stories, some she made up and told her grandmother and others her grandmother made up with her. The curious thing? The
It was just so. Kinda confusing. Resolves were clunky, characters stilted. I wanted to keep the main character propped up. . . When Martha thought to herself (and there was LOTS of instances of her thinking to herself) she kept thinking all she did was take care of others. Well, to my thinking all she really did was think about herself - very egocentric. There were lots of honorable mentions by other characters about Martha's care for others. . .hearsay, I say! Overall I was mildly irritated wit ...more
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Martha Storm has wasted her life doing everything... for everyone else. It started when her parents became infirm and has lasted even after they passed on. When a book of fairy tales comes into her possession is when things start to change for this voluntary librarian.

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I am always on the lookout for a great book to share with my all female book club... because I know them so well (despite our different taste in books) I will p
Kate ☀️ Olson
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-reads
Quirky and warm, this bookish book about family secrets and starting over made me happy. That’s all.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-books, cozy-mystery
A new author for me, this is not my usual reading. I was not disappointed and will read this author again. Martha Storm who puts everyone's interest before her own. She keeps a document that lists all she has promised to do, that her house is so of unfinished items it is hard to move around in her home. She is unable to say no to anyone so people take advantage of her. She volunteers at the library and desperately wants to be hired there but is not hired when there is an opening. One day Martha ...more
Julie  Durnell
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was slow getting to where I actually liked Martha, but once the story starts coming together I was hooked! Very well written, just as The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper was.
Ivonne Rovira
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ivonne by: NetGalley
Equal parts Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade, The Library of Lost and Found follows middle-aged spinster Martha Storm, a lonely woman who lives to help others. One day, purely by chance, she discovers a book ostensibly written by her late grandmother, the flamboyant and fun Zelda Sanderson. The only trouble is that the publication date is three years after Zelda’s death in 1982. So, completely out of character, the hereto ...more
Out of the Bex
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute, simple story that never flows over into spectacular

I really enjoyed this story for the first half. I found the socially inept character of Martha endearing and I was completely taken away by the cozy elements of the scenery and writing style from the first few pages onward.

By the end, though, not all the promise of the first few hundred pages was entirely delivered. Something in the family drama fell flat for me. It was both too much and too little in all the wrong places. Martha started
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martha Storm is a Librarian at the local library in the nearby seaside town. Single and middle aged. She is a person that likes to help others before she helps herself. Her home is filled with things she means to do for other people but, hasn’t got around to finish. As a child Martha enjoyed writing fairy tales with her Grandmother Zelda. But tragedy struck when her grandmother died.
Years later, one day she happens to come across a book which, supposedly be written by her Grandmother but, the pu
Leslie Ray
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Martha Storm has spent her adult life caring for others and going out of her way to do things for other people, often at her own expense. She does laundry, pet sits, hems clothing, and repairs school costumes, with nothing in return except requests to do more and more. This made me want to shake her and tell her to quit being a doormat. However, before, I got too frustrated, things change. A book is brought to her signed by her Nana (her grandmother) 3 years after she's died. The journey to find ...more
Joan Keysell
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I throughly enjoyed this book, so much so that I read it twice! Often funny and at times very moving, it's a magical, mystery story which is beautifully written. The coastal setting with the beach, funfair, caves and lighthouse are all painted so vividly as is the eccentric randomness of the toing and froing in the library.
I think the characters are joyfully quirky - just as real people actually are. In fact, I think Phaedra Patrick has given Richard Curtis a run for his money with her reading
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about a book...what’s not to love?!

There’s so much more to the Library of Lost and Found than the book Martha finds in her possession. It’s the beautiful story of Martha, a woman who is stuck in a rut. She gives all of herself to helping others, to the point that it’s taken over her life and she’s being taken advantage of. A book shows up on her doorstep, inscribed to her. But the inscription is from her beloved Nana who died years before the inscription is dated. This blast from the past
Jess Clayton
You don't see many coming-of-age stories about middle-aged women, so it was surprising to stumble upon this one. I am a sucker for books about books and libraries so I chose this based on the cover and title, not having any experience with Phaedra Patrick's writing. Sadly, the library had very little to do with the plot; yes, she volunteered at the library and her only "friends" were patrons or coworkers, but I didn't sense the magic that most books about libraries tend to imply. The takeaway fo ...more
Donna Hines
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairy tales can come true as Martha has always found it easier to live life through books than people.
Of course being a librarian doesn't hurt and yet sometimes she feels invisible.
Until a book of fairy tales is found written by her grandmother that changes how she sees life.
She thought her grandmother had passed but she may still be alive after uncovering a family secret that may change the course of this story.
Destiny is yours if you're willing to take risk and chances.
How will this alluring a
Karen Kay
I received this from in exchange for a review.

Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people.

Chick Lit/Cozy Mysteries are not my favorite genres but this book was a quick and easy read. This book was just flat with no corners or edges to make the story interesting.

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Phaedra Patrick's debut novel, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, is set to be translated into over twenty languages worldwide and film rights have been optioned in the US.

She originally studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organiser and communications manager.

An award-winning short story writer, she now writes full time. She lives in Saddleworth, U
“As she read, she felt she was giving this story a new life of its own. It was no longer a reflection of her childhood and whatever happened within the Storm family. It was just a story, to be shared and enjoyed.” 2 likes
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