The Library of Lost and Found

The Library of Lost and Found

by Phaedra Patrick

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ISBN-13: 9781488095436
Publisher: Park Row Books
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 8,960
File size: 965 KB

About the Author

Phaedra Patrick is the author of Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone, and The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, which has been published in over twenty countries around the world. She studied art and marketing, and has worked as a stained-glass artist, film festival organizer and communications manager. An award-winning short story writer, she now writes full-time. She lives in Saddleworth, UK, with her husband and son.


Imogen Church, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, trained as an actress at the Drama Centre London, under Christopher Fettes, Yat Malmgren, and Reuven Adiv. Since graduating, she has worked extensively in theater, film, commercials, and comedy sketch work, and she also works regularly as a voice artist. As a screenwriter, her first screenplay won the 2009 award for Best Feature Screenplay at the Reel Women Film Festival in Los Angeles.

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The Library of Lost and Found 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Emma Manolis 6 days ago
Martha has spent her whole life being selfless. She gave up love to take care of her ailing parents. She gives up her time and space in her home to help her community with various tasks and uses those tasks to guide her day. She's not sure she has any friends. People take advantage of her and her charity. Frankly, it's hard to read and I felt like reaching in the book to shake some sense into her. Luckily, something happens that sets the wheel in motion for her to discover herself again. One evening a stranger leaves a book of fairytales on the doorstep of the library where she volunteers. This collection is odd for two reasons. First, it has an inscription signed by her Grandmother to her several years after she died. Secondly, this collection contains stories Martha wrote as a little girl. She is then on a mission to figure out how this collection came to be. Along the way she unravels some family secrets and rediscovers who she is and what she wants from life. I loved this novel. It has some twists and turns, all of which were not surprising, but it was still so enjoyable. In a lot of ways it reminded me of Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden.
PageJunkie 6 days ago
Martha Storm has spent her adult life serving others, from caring for her aging parents to helping the other members of her small town. Unfortunately, she does all these things at the expense of her own desires. When Martha receives a small book at the local library where she volunteers, she discovers that it contains familiar stories from her childhood, Martha's story is told with a combination of current day events and the fairy tales within the mysterious book. She embarks on a journey that uncovers families secrets and, eventually, the way forward. The Library of Lost and Found is cleverly written, poignant, and lovely, I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and Park Row Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
cyndecat1 10 days ago
A charming story of a young women finding herself through the unraveling of family mysteries. Martha Storm volunteers at the local library, she helps people. She offers to do all sorts of tasks for people - laundry, fish feeding ,plant tending, sewing, cleaning all to keep herself busy. One day when she arrives at the library with fresh baked goods to do an author presentation she finds the library locked and cancelled written across the author's poster but nobody told her.While she is standing there flummoxed she sees a gentlemen set a package by the door and move away quickly. Curious, Martha picks up the package and sees it is address to her. Inside is a book, a cover-less ragged book of stories that will change Martha's entire life.Follow the wonderful adventure. This was an enchanting read.
FrancescaFB 10 days ago
Cutiefulpink 17 days ago
I don’t particularly like to mention other reviews in my own review, but in this book I feel I have to. When I went to create my review, I went onto Goodreads to get the book summary and was extremely surprised to find the average rating of this book at 3.72. How is this possible? I have to ask other reviewers, especially book lovers, what more can you want from a book? The characters were simply wonderful. In the beginning, I found Martha a little difficult to connect with, but I honestly believe this was on purpose. Throughout the story, Martha finds herself and her voice. In the process, we find Martha. By the end of the book, I was so emotionally invested in her journey that I wanted so much for her. Furthermore, sometimes it takes a certain person or people to truly see us and bring out the parts of ourselves that we have hidden. In Martha’s case, those parts were painfully and systematically obscured by an emotionally abusive father. But once she meets Owen and regains a relationship with her grandmother, she is able to see and explore her true self. She literally digs herself out of the emotional and physical tomb her father created and gets to know the woman she might have been without his influence. The writing in this book was delightful. I found myself laughing out loud, in deep contemplative silence, and tearing up all in one reading session. And the wonderful short stories that the author expertly weaved throughout were astounding. I would love to just sit and analyze the symbolism of each story and the book as a whole. The fairy tales themselves showed such skill and brilliance that I want a real copy of them to add to my library. This is a poignant book about books, but also about women finding and living their truths. Any book lover should fall in love with The Library of Lost and Found. Oh, and please take a minute and enjoy that freaking adorable cover. Doesn’t it just make you want to curl up and read? * Special thanks to Phaedra Patrick, Park Row, and TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of The Library of Lost and Found in exchange for an honest review.
LlamaJen 17 days ago
Loved the book! I loved the whole mystery behind Zelda. I never guessed the reason behind her "disappearing/dying" until it was revealed during that disastrous dinner party. I liked Martha more and more as the book went on and when she was finally able to say NO. People walked all over her and she would apologize. I hated that her father's voice kept her from enjoying cake. I had a hard time with Martha's family. It wasn't hard to see that Martha grew up in a household where her father was the supreme ruler and everything had to be his way. Lillian inherited those traits, but ends up trying to fix her mistakes. Suki was a great friend to Martha and I loved her word mix-ups. Owen was wonderful with his monogrammed red slippers and constant ink smudges. Suki and Owen were exactly what Martha needed. The family had so many secrets. Martha, Lillian and Zelda were finally able to be a family once the truth was revealed. I loved the recommendation Martha receives for her librarian application. I also enjoyed reading all the fairy tale stories. Definitely recommend the book. I loved the characters, story and writing style. I look forward to reading more books by the author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR 19 days ago
The Library of Lost and Found is not what I expected from the book description. Martha Storm is a woman in her 40s (we are not given her exact age) who cannot say no. It seems that all the locals take advantage of Martha by unloading various tasks they do not wish to do on her (fixing papier mache dragon head for school, cleaning chandeliers, doing Nora’s endless bags of laundry because her machine is broken, storing items, fish sitting, hemming her nephew’s pants) for which she gets nothing in return (rarely even a thank you). It does not help that Martha feels unworthy thanks to her father and his controlling nature. The story also takes us back to Betty Storm, Martha’s mother, and her life with Thomas Storm. We see how Zelda affected their lives and finally what happened to Zelda. The special book left for Martha is what prompts change in Martha’s life. We follow Martha’s journey for the truth. While others may see The Library of Lost and Found as a feel good story, I found it depressing. The author is a verbose descriptive writer (i.e.—long winded and detailed) which leads to a slow paced story. There is a slight uptick in the pace towards the end of the book. I thought it was a predictable story, and I wanted something more. Two phrases I liked from the book are “I take each page and chapter as they come” which is from Zelda and the other is “You should always make time for books” (very true) from Owen. Owen wore a shirt that had “Booksellers—great between the sheets” on the front (makes me smile). For readers who like to read women’s lit, you will find this story appealing. The Story of Lost and Found is about letting go of the past so you can move forward towards a brighter future.
TheBookishHooker 20 days ago
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. For anyone who's ever felt alone or just didn't fit in, you'll feel an instant connection to Martha. Being a little of bit of an introvert myself, I can relate to her choosing a life of books over friends. I enjoyed the mystery of her grandmother and their family secrets, even if at times it was easy to guess the outcome. A spectacular read! Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin for the advanced copy of the book given in exchange for an honest review.
bookluvr35SL 25 days ago
Martha Storm has spent her lifetime caring for other people, putting their needs and wants before her own. Then one day it all becomes too much and she snaps. The inscription in a book that had shown up on the doorstep for her set her on a path to solve a mystery; why was it addressed to her and signed by her Nana.... 3 years after she had died? What she discovers is life-changing. I loved this book. It started out a little sad, when it described her home life as a child. I wanted to root for her when she finally stood up for herself and quit being everyone's pushover. Then the mystery appeared and the book took off. If you love books about books, or libraries, or bookshops, or just a good fiction story, then this is the book for you.
3no7 25 days ago
“The Library of Lost and Found” by Phaedra Patrick is a book about books, so I knew I would love it right from the start. It is also a story about Martha Storm. “If anyone asked about her job, she had an explanation ready. ‘ I’m a guardian of books,’ she said. “A volunteer at the library.’” She was also an organizer, guide, buyer, filer, job adviser, housekeeper, walking encyclopedia, and a recommender of somewhere nice to eat lunch. She lives in her childhood home; her parents both deceased. She spends a lot of time helping others rather than doing things for herself. This book is her story, her journey, her search, her enlightenment, and finally, her new life. A brown paper parcel changes everything. Inside she finds a book, but not just any book. She turns the pages and words and titles leap out at her. It is full of stories that she wrote as a child. The biggest surprise is the message written inside the book, a message from Zelda, her grandmother, and dated three years after she died. Thus, Martha starts on a path that takes her to unexpected places where she makes startling discoveries about herself and her family. However, among the highs and happiness of discovering the book and its author, secrets and lies are lurking to turn her quiet life upside down. In alternating chapters, readers also get a glimpse of Martha as she grows up in 1974, and visit Betty Storm, Martha’s mom, and her household that emphasizes reading and writing. An interesting cast of characters fills in the details of Martha’s life. Readers meet friends, library patrons, book club members, and booksellers. They love books, and readers love them because they do. “’You should always make time for books,’ Owen said. ‘ Do you have a favorite?’ Martha knew her answer straight away. ‘It’s got to be Alice in Wonderland. I like Alice’s practicality and how she takes everything in her stride. She meets these odd creatures in magical situations and it never fazes her.’” Martha hesitates on her journey, but she persists. “I have got to do this.” She is not always happy with what she finds. ‘”You’re a liar, Nana. For all these years’… ‘No. I just didn’t tell you the truth.’ ’It’s the bloody same thing,” Martha yelled.” Eventually Martha finds that coffee and cake are always welcome along with Christmas and books. I received a review copy of “The Library of Lost and Found” from Phaedra Patrick, Harlequin Publishing, and Park Row. The novel combines family anguish with a mysterious book and its author. It is a tribute to books and the quirky people who love them. In the end, “Read me. I’m yours.”
Darlareads 28 days ago
Phaedra Patrick is quickly becoming an auto-buy author for me! I loved The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper and immediately sought out others including Rise and Shine Benedict Stone. I was so anxious to read her latest, The Library of Lost and Found. Martha devotes all her time to helping others, perhaps as a way to feel valued and indispensable. She cared for her elderly, ill parents until their death, sacrificing a life with her beloved fiance, Joe. She offers to do anything anyone needs from doing a neighbor's laundry to watching her niece and nephew for her sister. Martha volunteers countless hours at her local library in hopes of securing a permanent position. When a character experiences growth and change throughout the course of a novel the author has hit my reading sweet spot. Martha's journey begins when someone leaves a book for her with an inscription from her beloved grandmother. She is stunned to see the date is after her grandmother died. On the quest to solve the puzzle Martha (and the reader) meet some delightful characters and enjoy some hilarious and poignant adventures. With every "No" to others Martha is closer to saying "Yes" to her own life. Mystery, family dysfunction, community and self-discovery - it's all here. And I highly recommend you join Martha at The Library of Lost and Found. Thanks to NetGalley and Park Row for a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
Renwarsreads 28 days ago
So many parts of this book resonate with me when Martha is talking about her love of books and the library. Things I thought that I only felt were mentioned and made me think, "Wow, I feel that way to." Martha is an introvert and I think we all have a side of us that can identify with a part of her personality. After so many years, practically her whole life, of taking care of and doing for others, she's really lost herself. The book starts without her even realizing, but once she does doesn't know how to find what she's"s lost or what would make her happy. There are some interesting characters in this book, with their own quirks, that are enjoyable to read about, but for the most part the people in this small seaside town are dealing with real life issues ! I know you should never pick a book by it's cover (or title) but both drew me to this story and I'm so glad that they did. I was enjoyed travelling on this journey with Martha Storm!
trutexan 29 days ago
A touching story about family, friends and the role stories play in nurturing relationships. Martha, the main character so aptly named, is a woman who cannot say no. She spends most of her free time doing for others, to the point that her home becomes overrun with projects from her to-do list. Martha spent her younger years taking care of aging parents during the time when most women were marrying and raising a family or pursuing a career. In fact, Lillian, Martha’s younger sister, did just that. Now Martha is at mid-life and is somewhat dissatisfied with how her life has turned out. One day, a mysterious book falls into her hands and brings back memories of her beloved grandmother whom she thought had died years ago. The appearance of the book leads Martha on a quest to find out what happened to her grandmother and along the way, Martha finds her sense of self that she had ignored for so many years while caring for others. Many thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin/Park Row for allowing me to read an advance copy and give my honest review.
Ms-Hurst 29 days ago
I want to thank Phaedra Patrick, Park Row and Netgalley for allowing me this advanced copy of this book. I went in with no idea what I was getting myself into. It seemed like a simple story. Martha Storm lives for others. She is meek and timid. Her home is a horde of projects for other people. She wasn't always this way, but years of taking care of her parents and giving up her own happiness have taught her to live for others. It's safer. She won't be hurt again if she just focuses on others. She use to write and laugh, fantastic stories she wrote with her grandmother, no long dead. Then she gets the book. It's left at the library she volunteers her days to. A book full of her stories with an inscription from her grandmother from 1985, three years after she died. Martha follows the clues and finds her old self again. There are more copies of the book and following the trail leads her to find out about her own life and to make decisions that take it back. She becomes a more tolerable character to read. She is less doormat, meets people who support her instead of using her, and she lets people help her instead of always doing for others. In some ways she stays childlike and clueless. The story manages to be touching without being sappy. Saying more would ruin the story for future readers, so I'll just leave it with the feeling of hope that I had as I finished reading. We still have a lot of questions about Martha's future and her relationships with family, friends, and those who use to use her. But I am hopeful for Martha.
Anonymous 30 days ago
The Library of Lost and Found is a charming, cozy read. It took a little time for me to warm to the main character Martha, who is a people-pleaser to the point of being a doormat. However, her journey to uncover her family’s past and how that changes her unfolds naturally, and I enjoyed following it. I have a soft spot for books with settings in bookstores or libraries (The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and so on). If you’re a bibliophile who feels the same way, or if you like heartwarming tales about quirky characters set in the UK, you’ll like this one.
Shelley-S-Reviewer 30 days ago
The book is well-written, well-conceived, well-structured and a joy to read. 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 offering a loving tribute to the quirky characters who inhabit libraries and bookstores. Well developed, relatable, complex characters are what usually pulls me into a book. The relationships between the characters keeps me reading. The author does a great job of making Martha, her family, and all of the people she meets along the way feel like long lost friends. The book is filled with complex family dynamics which keep the reader engaged in the story and waiting to find out what is going to happen next. I found myself thinking about what would happen next and where the characters may be today long after reading, which to me is a sign of great book. This book was written with a lot of thought. Everybody has life stories and the main character, Martha, definitely has a unique, but credible one. Phaedra Patrick has been able to keep the many layers of Martha's life story so engaging. I found the book to be a real page turner. Every character in the book was so creatively interwoven into the complex, but easy to follow story-line. This is a book that gets, you the reader, to think about your own journey through life. The book stays with you.
marongm8 30 days ago
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 librarian but with the feeling that she is invisible until she discovers a whole new world she never knew just from reading a book. That to me is the ultimate reason of not only my love for reading but why I love my job as a librarian! We will definitely consider adding this title to our Fiction section of our library collection and that is why we give this book 5 stars!
joansreviews 30 days ago
In this heartwarming novel, readers are introduced to Martha Storm, a middle-aged woman who has lost her sense of self. Using her time and energy for others, Martha measures her self-worth by how much she can do for those around her, but the more she does the more others take her for granted and do not seem to appreciate her good deeds. One day a book arrives at the library for her and starts Martha off on a journey of self-discovery. The book contains fairy tales written be her childhood self and her deceased grandmother. The inscription in the book written by her grandmother adds to the mystery. This novel contains many quirky and charming characters and the coastal beauty of Martha’s town are beautifully and vividly brought to life by Patrick’s prose. We can all find ourselves or our loved ones in the descriptions of the Martha’s family members from past and present. Treat yourself and settle in with a warm drink, a cozy blanket and this delightful novel!
Katie__B 30 days ago
Cute story, and it had some touching moments but I think I'm going to put it in the decent but not amazing read category. Librarian Martha Storm is used to doing favors for the people in her life but not really getting anything back in return. It's like her wants and needs don't seem to matter much to anyone. One day she receives a book of fairy tales with a dedication written inside by her grandmother, Zelda. Martha was told years ago Zelda had died so she isn't sure what the heck is going on but she is determined to find out. But whenever you start digging around in family history, you are bound to uncover a secret or two. Martha was an easy character for me to root for as it was easy to identify with that feeling of people taking advantage of your kindness. I enjoyed the flashback scenes of Martha's childhood in which we got to see things from the perspective of her mother. Family dynamics were definitely an interesting part of the story and there were some good emotional moments particularly towards the end of the story. All in all, a solid read and not a horrible book to curl up with on a lazy weekend. I won a free advance copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.