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The Library of Lost and Found

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  25,468 ratings  ·  3,414 reviews
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 notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she's invisible.

All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her b
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 enj…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 hav…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 added it  ·  (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 my
Berit Talks Books
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
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
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Martha Storm works as a librarian. She constantly puts others before herself and doesn’t know how to say ‘no’ to people when they ask her to do their chores for them, including her sister.

One evening as she is approaching the library for an authors event she sees a man leaving a parcel addressed to her on the step outside the library. Inside is a tatty old book that has been dedicated to her from her Grandmother Zelda. The strange thing is the date on th
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It was special to receive a 2019 hardcover as a birthday gift. I hoped to love it because I buy books second-hand. I reluctantly explain that several elements docked my feedback to three stars. I appreciate this beautiful hardcover, its original touches, and the likeability of nearly all its characters.

It was dreary to spend several chapters with a brutally selfish Father and appallingly voiceless Mother. You don’t get stuck in any circumstances when you have a supportive parent like Zelda. Mart
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
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
When a family harbors closely-guarded secrets, one has to feel empathy for Martha, the main character, who is also a librarian. She comes off sounding like a doormat, trying hard to please everyone, as well as being a nervous, shameful hoarder; however, her issues make sense, coming from a family where her father was emotionally abusive to her mother as well as to her. Also, the loss of her beloved grandmother, Zelda, was her breaking point. Throughout the story, Martha comes into her own, devel ...more
Louise Wilson
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Martha Storm works in her local towns library. She liked to help people by taking in their laundry, mending items etc. But it's clear, people take advantage of her good nature and low esteem. Then one night, she finds a book outside the library that's addressed to her. The book is full of fairy tales and was written by Martha and her sister Lillian's grandmother. But the dedication inside the book states that it was written three years after Zelda (Martha's grandmother) had died. Martha needs to ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my favorite book by Patrick so far!

Martha Storm is a wonderfully weak protagonist who is confronted with her past and has to take a stand in her own life. She is endearing and I'd be hard pressed to find a reader that didn't fall in love with her quirks. She works at the Sandshift Library and a book comes into her possession with a dedication from her grandmother (except she supposedly died three years previously...)

Family secrets, books, cooky characters and did I mention books?? Real
Mar 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Library of Lost and Found.

This was a standard, formulaic story about family secrets and wah wah drama.

When librarian Martha Storm discovers an unique collection of fairy tales dedicated to her by her grandmother, Zelda, predeceasing the woman's death, her journey to investigate the origins of the book leads her to discover what caused a rift that nearly tore her family apart years ago.

Martha is hard to like; I didn't hate her but I couldn't stan
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
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
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
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
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
Toria (Please call me Leo)
3.5 stars or maybe 3.7. It was bit of an "easier" read then most books I've read recently but it was absolutely enjoyable but with a more cozy feel to it. As much as I love books, I'm not a huge fan of "books about books". I know, it's almost a crime to feel like that Hahha! But I found the story to be very entertaining and a good read. ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a beautiful if at times awkward story. Some bits I loved others I skimmed. Overall it’s a good book
Lisa Leone-campbell
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Library of Lost and Found is a charming and uplifting story about a woman who always took time for everybody's needs, but never for herself. It's about family secrets and regrets. It's about finding your inner strength in yourself and allowing others into your life.

Martha Storm is a librarian whose sole purpose on earth seems to be to help others. When her parents became ill, she chose to stay with them and care for them instead of moving to New York with her fiancé, the love of her life, ev
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
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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.

The short review...

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
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
Anne ✨ Finds Joy
Well, this one didn't quite work for me. For starters, the title fooled me.... I imagined there'd be a library and books as a core part of the story, but it was more just the background of the main character, Martha Storm, who is a volunteer in a library. She's given a mysterious old book and realizes it has her own stories in it, along with an inscription by her grandmother that's dated after when she was supposedly already dead. This becomes the mystery element that guides the rest of the stor ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc, 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
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this family story. It had a bit of drama and mystery. The main character is a total pushover, but has redeeming qualities as well. Plus, it celebrates the love of books! And the imagination ignited in children when they read amazing books. ❤️books❤️
Nov 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not at all what I expected! I can't remember why I put it on my to-read list, possibly just because of the title and cover. I had thought it was going to be fantasy, or a romcom, or both, but it was not. It was something else, and but I loved it. There's a mystery, family drama, a little romance (or two) and at the heart of it is the story of a woman waking up to the life she should have, rather than the one that's been forced on her. Bittersweet and triumphant at the same time.
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Phaedra Patrick 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 in Saddleworth where she lives with her family.

Her debut novel, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, was translated into over twenty languages worldwide and has been optioned by a major Hollywood film

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