In exchange for an honest review, I was provided a free eARC copy of The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick.
Release Date: March 26, 2019
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Description Blurb (Courtesy of NetGalley)
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 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 best friend—her grandmother Zelda—who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda’s past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever.
Filled with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and vivid characters, The Library of Lost and Found is a heartwarming and poignant tale of how one woman must take control of her destiny to write her own happy ending.
The Library of Lost and Found tells a story of a middle aged woman finding herself and breathing life into her stagnant existence. She also, dare I say it, has the possibility of a love life as well after she gave up the love of her life to take care of her parents.
This book was a little slow at times, but I felt that I could relate to the main character. Martha was forever thinking low of herself and felt her only redeeming quality was to help others in order to feel like she had a place in this world. The one person that she was the closest to in her life, was taken out of her life by death, or so Martha thought.
The author’s previous work, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, is on my TBR list, but if it is as well written and thought out as The Library of Lost and Found, it will quickly move towards the top of my list.
This story was very well thought out and, again, while a tad slow at times, very enjoyable. I enjoyed how the stories that Martha, Betty, and Zelda wrote felt applicable to their lives and the reader could get a sense of what was actually happening behind the scenes in the family.
I really enjoyed this book. The eARC copy I received had some formatting and grammatical errors, but that will most likely have been sorted out in the final publication.
In my opinion, if you are looking for a quicker read that is a a story about personal growth and overcoming the past, pick up a copy of The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick. I give this one 4 stars!