The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Having collected a lifetime of lost objects in order to deal with the loss of his fiancée, Anthony Peardew bequeaths his secret life's mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and all its lost treasures--and the responsibility to return each one to its owner.
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062473530
Branch Call Number: F Hog


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Oct 09, 2018

The Keeper of Lost Things was voted one of the top Fiction books of 2017 on Goodreads, which is why I decided to give it a shot. I'm honestly surprised at the number of high ratings it's received. I found Andrew and Therese's relationship intriguing but unfortunately, their story is short-lived. The premise of Laura finding the owners of the lost objects that Andrew's collected over the years, just wasn't enough to keep me engaged. Other than Sunshine, I didn't find any of the characters really that charming, or even relatable; I was actually picturing Bomber's sister as Cruella Deville, a little too over-the-top to be taken seriously. Introducing Therese as an actual ghost instead of a mere presence more than halfway through the book felt like an afterthought to me; probably to help drive the plot to some kind of ending. I'm also not sure why it was necessary for the short stories that Andrew wrote about the lost items to be true in the end? Was this supposed to be a fantasy novel? I guess it just wasn't my "lovely cup of tea."

Oct 08, 2018

The Keeper of Lost Things is the most engaging book that I've read in a very long time.

Spoiler alert: Charles Bramwell Brockley is Bomber. The biscuit contains his cremated ashes.

The book is essentially two paths which converge brilliantly at the end of the book. The characters are engaging, the plot has fascinating layers, and the setting is charming. Tonight I think I'll make myself a gin gimlet (gin and lime) and toast Anthony.


Mar 16, 2018

An absolutely delightful book. Charming and easy to read, it is the perfect lovingly-written story to pass the boring days of a too-long Canadian winter. Very much looking forward to reading her next book, "Sally RedShoes" when it's available.

Feb 20, 2018

The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan's debut novel, is a wonderful book. Nice, and lighthearted, it is an easy read. The story mainly follows Laura. After the death of her employer Anthony, he leaves his house and all his possessions to her, including his room of lost things which he asks her to try to reunite with their people. Along the way we learn more about Laura’s past, and her journey of rediscovering who she is . There are several stories going on at once within the book, we also follow along with Eunice and Bomber’s story. I really enjoy how the stories all intertwine and love how they all come together in the end for a happy and complete ending.

A quirky use of language helps reinforce some of these characters, Sunshine especially, she would be a favourite. He sweet nature and innocence makes for an endearing character (and I can't help but call it 'the lovely cup of tea' now.) Although some character’s can also be frustrating at times (Laura and her sad past that she battles to move on from) it all works out in the end. It is always good to have a story with a happy ending.

My favourite bits would have to be the snippets when we see the old fiery Laura and know that she is still in there - getting one over the busy bodies, Laura’s best friend putting her in her place, and Laura finally triumphing over Vince!

Especially good for a holiday read, when you don't want to be too weighed down, I highly recommend this book, and will be hunting down more of Hogan's work in the hopes that it follows along in the same vein. Five out of five stars.

Feb 12, 2018

One of those rare books where you get so absorbed in the lives of the characters that you don't every want it to end!

Dec 29, 2017

I'll be honest, when I was on Amazon earlier in the month grabbing the link for Little Fires Everywhere, I scrolled down on the page to see the "if you like this book you might want to check out these" list and when I saw this one I may have gotten a HUGE smile! You see, the premise of the book is sort of like #CarleesTreasures. Okay, so I may not have a goal to return all of the lost things I've found throughout the year, but still, I thought it was a fun idea and since it was available at our library I scooped it up! When I got into the book I thought it was a little slow, but by the end I loved it! It was awesome to see how all of the characters and items intertwined. Like I mentioned, it might not be exactly like #CarleesTreasures but this book definitely made me smile! I would give it a 9 out of 10.

Oct 12, 2017

Probably one of my favourite reads of the year. The Keeper of Lost Things is well written and full of heart. I loved all the stories associated with each 'lost item' in the collection, and the rich characters we follow through the main plot.

Oct 01, 2017

I kind of loved this book. Anthony Peardew’s fiancee died in an accident while she was on the way to meet him, and while he was waiting for her he lost a locket she had given him that he had promised to keep forever and ever. So he began picking up lost items as he came across them, inconsequential things like a broken ponytail tie or a blue button. (Perdu. Get it?) He brought them home, catalogued them, and wrote stories about what might have led to their being lost. The book had an undertone of magic — his dead fiancée was still very much in the picture, expressing her opinions and spreading the scent of her favorite flowers (roses) throughout the house. And it could be viewed as corny at times. But its sweetness completely won me over. I think I may recommend this book to my book club.

Sep 14, 2017

Widower and writer Anthony is a ‘collector’ and hires and befriends Laura, giving her a new lease on life. Engaging, page turning. Good debut if a bit of a mash-up with too many moving parts!

Aug 27, 2017

A thoroughly delightful piece of romantic nonsense. A cleverly constructed set of connected stories that in the end, do converge as they must for this affair to work out. It's a far-fetched tale that requires a fair bit of suspension of disbelief -- which as a reader I was happy to accept. A wonderful set of engaging characters, among whom I have to especially mention "dancing drome" Sunshine, probably the most endearing of the lot.
For a first novel, it's remarkably well thought out and brilliantly finished off. I look forward reading more from Ruth Hogan.

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SPL_Robyn May 15, 2017

Imagine you’ve lost something precious. Something small, insignificant even, to anyone else in the world. But imagine that the loss of this tiny object haunts you for the rest of your life. And maybe even afterlife. And imagine there is someone else in the world who treasures this object as much as you and would happily return it to you – except you each exist only on the periphery of each other’s lives, barely knowing each other exists.

This is just one of the premises at the heart of Ruth Hogan’s debut novel, The Keeper of Lost Things. The keeper is Anthony Peardew and those readers who know a smattering of French realize how apt his surname is. Anthony has been finding and keeping lost things for decades, ever since losing the one item and one person with whom he never wanted to part. He only tells his faithful assistant Laura of this collection in a post-mortem letter in which he leaves her everything, and asks of her the impossible – to reunite the lost things with their owners, if they want them.

Laura is befriended by Sunshine, a young woman with Down syndrome (dancing dome, in Sunshine’s words) who is far cleverer than Laura realizes, and by Freddy, Anthony’s former gardener. As they collectively decide how to approach this Herculean task, Laura comes to realize the house she loves is the least significant of the treasures Anthony has left her, and that the objects are connected in ways only fate could have orchestrated. Every lost object has its own story, amusing or poignant, real and imagined.

There is a major subplot involving an unusual couple (for the day) which seems completely out of place until it isn’t. This is what I love about this novel - the hints, clues and small details that – like the lost objects themselves – keep the reader going back and forth within the pages, piecing together their puzzle. As the novel nears conclusion the moving parts and separate stories very gently coalesce in the most satisfactory way, making this my favourite release so far this year. Enjoy – this book is a true keeper.

~Robyn Godfrey, Outreach and Collections Librarian


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