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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 n ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Park Row
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    Amber
    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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    ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    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
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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
    Betty
    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
    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
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    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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    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
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    Ellen
    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
    annemarie_bookaholic
    Oh my goodness...to find the words to describe this book
    Martha Storm works as a librarian and she is always helping others, whether it's doing the laundry, hemming pants for her nephew, or just helping everyone but herself.
    Martha had a strict childhood. Her Dad didn't want Martha or her sister Lillian doing anything fun...like reading books. I see now that is why she becomes a librarian.
    Martha is working on day and a package arrives for her...she opens it up and it is a damaged book..the front c
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    Amanda
    Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    If you enjoyed The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, you'll love The Library of Lost and Found. Such a fun, sweet read.
    Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author. All opinions are my own.
    Rachel Stansel
    Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    As always Patrick has brought to life memorable and relatable characters. With a beautiful look at family and the impact of secrets, this book will stock with me. If you have read her other novels and enjoyed them, this is another must read.

    Full disclosure- I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
    Lee Staes
    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.
    Pm Royds
    Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoyed this book. I could relate to the characters and I found that the story line was very engaging I could not work out what would happen next. I have read the book twice and enjoyed it more the second time I have read another book by the same author but this one is my favourite.
    Sandra Hall
    Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoyed this book. The cup of tea and books on the cover give it a cozy feel but I found the story to be much deeper. It had a family mystery and fall-outs, the start of a new romance, fairy stories, drama and twists. I felt sorry for put-upon librarian Martha Storm at first but when she discovers an old book she begins to take charge of her life, and makes real change. A treasure of a book
    Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    I received a digital ARC of this novel courtesy of NetGalley and Park Row in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. Will post full review closer to publication date of March 26, 2019.
    Mark P
    Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A great read. Surprisingly touching
    Kimberly Mussell
    Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    What a sweet read! This one really tugs at your heartstrings. I loved Martha, and could relate to her character. Always saying yes and never taking time for yourself. (the old me). I thought Zelda was AH-Mazing! The ending was perfect. If you are looking for a light, sentimental story full of heart, I would recommend this one!
    Thank you NetGalley.
    Susan W
    Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Family secrets and lies.
    The Bookish Hooker
    Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2018, netgalley
    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.
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    Sarah
    Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
    The characters in this book are so well formed. Martha feels like someone I know. At times I was so exacerbated by her that I wanted to shake her, but I'm glad I went on this journey of self-discovery with her.

    I received an ARC from NetGalley.
    Carol Scheherazade
    Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
    My 100th book!!! Sweeeeet story
    Pamela Stennett
    Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2019
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    Martha Storm is everyone's go-to girl but it's not as glamorous as it sounds. In fact, it's not glamorous at all. She is the older sister of successful and polished, Lillian, a working and married mother of two who takes life entirely too seriously for Martha's taste.Lillian, along with most of the people who know Martha, takes full advantage of her older sister's kindness, using her as a book procurer, babysitter, and seamstress, with nothing so much as a
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    Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
    From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.


    A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the internationally 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
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    Britney Dillon
    ***I received an eARC of this book courtesy of Harlequin via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!***

    This book was enchanting and heartbreaking at the same time. It is a story about life, loss, secrets, discovery, and forgiveness, and I enjoyed every minute of Martha's adventure, even as my heart broke for her.

    At times I was infuriated while I was reading, by the way that Martha allowed people to treat her. (I LOVED Suki and her encouragement and support of Martha.) I had a ver
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    Pam Walker
    Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Martha Storm is a part-time librarian that can't say "no" to people when they ask her to do something for them. As a result her house is jammed with unfinished tasks, even though she keeps a meticulous notebook of her projects to be done. Along with this are stacks of boxes of her deceased parents' belongings. Martha can't seem to get a handle on her life until one day a mysterious man leaves a package at the door of the library addressed to Martha. When she opens the package and discovers a boo ...more
    Eve
    Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: amzn, 2018, free, vne
    Source: Vine

    At first I had a hard time connecting with Martha Storm, who, despite her last name, is a timid doormat. She lets everyone, including her sister and library patrons, step all over her. She mends people's clothes, vases, does their laundry, keep their goldfish alive. She has no life of her own, too busy trying to please everyone. I felt extremely frustrated with her. But then I came upon this passage early on and realized she's good people:

    "When Martha stepped inside the library, she
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    Michelle
    Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Martha has a pretty lonely life. She works at the library but her boss won’t even consider promoting her. Her relationship with her sister isn’t that close. And she gave up her last meaningful relationship in order to care for her aging parents.

    Her parents passed away five years ago and Martha fills her time with random favors for friends. She likes to feel useful.

    Her life growing up wasn’t easy. Her dad wasn’t very kind to her. She adored her grandmother but she passed away when Martha was youn
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    Meghan
    Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: library
    This book was received as an ARC from Park Row Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

    Every Librarian should have this book not only in their library collections but on their coffee table. Books like these warm the hearts of Librarians to know that they are still appreciated and also how to NEVER underestimate the power of books and the imagination. In every way I can relate to Martha and her struggles with not only being a li
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    Franny Burd
    Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    *I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
    I'm in love with Phaedra Patrick. Completely, utterly in love. This was my introduction to Ms Patrick, and halfway through I ran out and purchased two of her previous novels.

    This is the story of Martha, a quiet woman who works part time at the library, lives alone and devotes her time to helping others. It's how she defines herself, and she's done it most of her adult life. The appearance of a strange book changes t
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    Ann
    Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Martha has let life slide by since her parents have died. She lives in the family home and has become something of a hoarder. When a mysterious book is delivered to the library where she works, it opens up an investigation into her past as she searches for her grandmother who she thought dead. When she finds Zelda she begins to come back to life and renew her friendship with her sister. This book is funny and very heartwarming. The character of Martha is not young and charming but a lifelike per ...more
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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
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