Good Evening All,
As mentioned in my previous post, I had two reviews lined up that I’ve kind of been stock piling since I’ve been so busy. I’ve finally found the time to sit down and write my review for The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. This was a short and sweet book so I will follow suit with my review.
Anthony Peardew shared his youth with the love of his life Therese, however when she died unexpectedly he was left heartbroken and the fact that he had lost a keepsake from his fiancé before she died only adds to his pain. Therefore he makes it his life’s mission to collect anything that he finds from any place and plans to reunite these items with their rightful owners. Forty years later when his life comes to an end, he hands the mission over to his assistant, Laura who is completely in the dark about his plans. Along with the mission, Laura inherits Anthony’s house and everything that comes along with it, including a few unexpected guests; some welcome, some not so much. What seems to be a daunting task for Laura, turns into something she did not foresee and is only more challenging.
This book crossed my path via my Goodreads book club where I find I often come across little reading gems like this one. This was a really cute short read with a heart warming story. I enjoyed the way in which the book ending up completing a full circle and ended tied with a lovely bow.
Sunshine was by far my favourite character. I found her to be endearing, funny and sweet. I’m not sure that Laura felt to thrilled to have Sunshine as a friend to begin with, but by the end of the book, I could clearly see how close the two had become and I’m not convinced that Laura would have got to where she did without the help of Sunshine.
Though this book probably won’t stick out in my mind forever and ever, I thought it was very heart warming and I enjoyed the whole thing. I don’t think there were any unnecessary threads to the story and the focus remained where it needed to stay to make it an awesome short read. Having not read the full synopsis, there was some aspects of the book that I did not expect to be included, but I definitely wasn’t mad!
If you’re looking for something you can fill an afternoon with and get a lovely warm feeling about, I’d for sure recommend this book.
“Dreary beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God and in the fate of this complication, to join together this man, Saint Anthony’ –she tapped the top of his urn –‘and this woman, The Lady of the Flowers’ –gesturing towards the photograph with an upturned palm –‘in holy macaroni which is the honourable estate. Saint Anthony takes The Lady of the Flowers to be the lawful wedding wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, richer or poorer, to love and to perish with death now you start. And it still rhymes,’ she added proudly to herself. She paused again, long enough this time for it to be almost uncomfortable, but no doubt with the intention of underscoring the sanctity of the occasion. ‘Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, funky to punky. We know Major Tom’s a monkey. We can be heroes just for today.” – The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan