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The Library of Lost and Found

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  324 ratings  ·  187 reviews
A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the international bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people—though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed no
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Park Row
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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
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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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
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
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

Martha always was interested in writing stories because her grandmother encouraged her to write them. Her hopes went up, but then went down again thinking it couldn’t be possible that she found a book with her stories in it.

What about the note scribbled on the front page that was dated years after her grandmother had died? Could her grandmother have written that note in hopes that Martha would eventually see the book and see that the childhood stories had been pub
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
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
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
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery, e-books
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
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
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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
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
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
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc
Martha Storm has been a “giver” for as long as she can remember. She spent 20 years looking after her parents as they aged, she’s a volunteer at her local library, she helps her sister with childcare and household tasks, and she is constantly helping out neighbors with odd jobs and repairs—all without pay, and often without thanks. Her identity has become helping others, and, because of that, she feels invisible and lost.

So when a stranger leaves a beautiful book of stories for her at the librar
Karen Reed
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For fans of Eleanor Oliphant and book lovers everywhere. I adored this heartwarming story.

Librarian Martha Storm has always put others before herself. She keeps careful lists of all her tasks. If she tries to say no she is ignored . At times she just feels invisible. All that changes the day a mysterious book is left for her on the library steps. This diary will lead her on a journey to uncover her family's past and new parts of herself.

This book is incredibly charming . However, it's more tha
The Bookish Hooker
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Martha Storm receives a mysterious book, left for her at the library she works at, her life will be forever changed. Written inside the cover is a curious inscription from her grandmother who passed away three decades before. On the hunt for answers, Martha uncovers family secrets long buried and rediscovers herself along the way.

The Library of Lost and Found is a definite warm-fuzzies kind of read without being too syrupy sweet. It's an emotional roller coaster with a big feel-good payoff.
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
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
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.

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
Susan Johnson
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I almost gave up on this book in the first twenty five pages. I really dislike reading about people who find their validation in other people's approval and, boy, does Martha Storm meet that criteria. She does errands for people, sews and washes their clothes and acts like a floor mat in situation after situation. Her house is so full of other people's projects and storage, she can't even move around. You just want to shake her.

Then, slowly, things start changing. For one thing, her friend, Su
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Librarian Martha Storm is always doing favors for others in her small community, while ignoring her own needs. Caring for her aging parents instead of marrying Joe, then isolating herself and her feelings is upended when she discovers a book of stories written by her grandmother three years after her grandmother supposedly died. Uncovering the truth leads to changes to Martha and those around her. Highly recommend for those who like quirky characters and sincere stories. Thanks to Netgalley for ...more
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
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The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick is a contemporary novel about a librarian that will pull at your heart strings. The strong theme of family and the stories they tell make for an interesting read. Also, the main character, Martha, transforms throughout the book, and is one that is easy to root for.

Any book about libraries and librarians will instantly grab my attention. This is one setting that really seems to draw a reader in. Phaedra Patrick weaves
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
“The Library of Lost and Found” is a nice little book, a family drama about Martha, who has a pretty lonely life. It is beautifully written with great characters and an enjoyable storyline but is also has some pretty dark and uncomfortable parts. I found myself really caring for Martha and cheering her on to have a life. This is a nice, charming, engaging read. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for this book in exchange for an honest review.
Joan Happel
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this heartwarming novel, readers are introduced to Martha Storm, a middle-aged woman who has lost her sense of self. Using her time and energy for others, Martha measures her self-worth by how much she can do for those around her, but the more she does the more others take her for granted and do not seem to appreciate her good deeds. One day a book arrives at the library for her and starts Martha off on a journey of self-discovery. The book contains fairy tales written be her childhood self a ...more
Sharon May
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to NetGalley, Park Row Books, and Phaedra Patrick for the opportunity to read and review her latest novel. I'm a huge fan (you have read The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, right?) - so I loved falling back into another book by this author.

Martha has lived her life helping others - she gave up her chance at happiness with boyfriend, Joe, to stay home and take care of her ailing parents. She keeps a book where she compiles all the "to-do" items she has to do for other people because
A touching story about family, friends and the role stories play in nurturing relationships.

Martha, the main character so aptly named, is a woman who cannot say no. She spends most of her free time doing for others, to the point that her home becomes overrun with projects from her to-do list.

Martha spent her younger years taking care of aging parents during the time when most women were marrying and raising a family or pursuing a career. In fact, Lillian, Martha’s younger sister, did just that.
Kelly Well Read
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: darc
Phaedra Patrick's heartwarming new novel was a #mustread for me because: "library" natch! Thank you to all the publishers who are sending out more more UpLit into the world, as these are the kinds of books my library customers are asking for in light of the challenging times in which we currently live.

Martha has grown up unappreciated and not valued by her family. She compensates by over-doing for everyone around her, and at first comes across as very much a doormat. When a mystery presents its
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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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