The Keeper of Lost Things

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The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things

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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. The house that Anthony leaves to Laura is named Padua and without a doubt, there is the supernatural presence of Anthony's late fiance in the house and garden. Perhaps opinions will depend on how much magic the group members have experienced in their lives, how often they have been startled by sheer coincidence and impossible explanations, or whether they went through the looking-glass to Wonderland, or through the wardrobe to Narnia, and never came back. An example of where we felt there could have been more depth was with Laura and Vince's confrontation. I used to imagine stories about the previous owners (and the ones before that, and so on) of these objects that ended up in our home.

Meanwhile, the best character of this novel, Sunshine, starts out strong but then becomes downsized to comic relief in the later chapters of the book. If you are a lover of wonderfully told stories where people truly love one another, then this book is ever so right for you. There is an altruistic tone to the story rather than an obsessive covetous desire to amass belongings. All in all it was a very enjoyable read -and I will certainly look out for other titles from Ruth Hogan - who I assume is a fellow dog-lover, judging by the pride of place given to Douglas and Carrott!

Anthony’s fiancée, Therese, was named after Saint Therese of Lisieux, who was also known as Saint Therese of the Roses, which just happen to be my favourite flowers. Having said that, the group did enjoy Anthony's imagined stories for each lost item and found them very creative (the ones highlighted in the discussion were the jigsaw piece and the umbrella). While Sunshine struggles to sometimes be understood, she does have a rather special ability of getting visions from the lost objects. This was a joy to read - I haven't enjoyed a book this much since I first read Lord of the Rings back in the 70s. 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?

Her own success is an inspiration within itself, as this authoress was older when her first book was published. 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 done. 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 which he has found with the hope of reuniting them with their owners. 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. Then more shock is felt when she finds out that he has left her the house, it’s contents and some money to get her by.

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 thousands of objects with their rightful owners. We also felt that the characters weren't very relatable - all middle class with mainly quite elitist issues - and the serious issues were brushed under the carpet and had less focus on them. We agreed, however, that reading is best done in bigger chunks of time than half an hour before bed; that reading is highly important to us however we do it, especially as now (being mostly a retired community) we have more time to concentrate on it; and that a reading group has the advantage of presenting us with books we might not have chosen for ourselves, thus opening up new windows onto the world.

delightful, charming, comic, intelligent, magical, fantastical, lacy, decorous, cultivated, sweet, courteous, cordial, romantic, mysterious, quirky, touching, sad, humorous, warm, enchanting, lovely, cozy – these are all words that have been used to describe this story, and it is all that, and perhaps more. When I finally picked it up I found a gentle and charming story about an elderly gentleman, Anthony, who collected and catalogued items, found and presumed lost. Trading Address (Warehouse) Unit E, Vulcan Business Complex, Vulcan Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 3EB. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener.After her employer dies, Laura is left with the task of finding the owners of all of the lost items that he had collected over the years. When Anthony dies, he leaves everything to Laura, with his last wishes being that she attempt to find the owners of the lost things and that she befriend his neighbor, Sunshine. When I thought of The Keeper of Lost Things, I had in mind the imagination of Neil Gaiman, almost a fantasy point of view, where I could dream up a story for each of the lost items, go on an adventure with the characters.

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