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The Library of Lost and Found

by Phaedra Patrick

Family Drama Humour (fiction) Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on The Library of Lost and Found

A beautifully charming, amusing, and gentle read, visiting with great empathy and grace occasional cloudy darkness. Library volunteer Martha Storm is a quietly helpful, book-loving hoarder. When she finds a mysterious book relating to her past, Martha begins to see the possibilities life can offer. I have used the word quirky previously for Phaedra Patrick’s writing and it again popped into my mind for ‘The Library of Lost and Found’. This is an author who explores different, cheers on quiet, and celebrates the unique properties to be found in each of us. The words sang to me, I gathered them up and hugged every single one as they arrived in my mind. I adored this read, my heart filled with love for the characters as I smiled and felt heart-ache alongside them. Other magical stories can be found within the pages, they arrive and make a considerate, thoughtful point. ‘The Library of Lost and Found’ is there waiting for anyone who has ever felt a little lost or lonely, it is a wonderful read and I have chosen it as one of my picks of the month.

Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

Liz Robinson

The Library of Lost and Found Synopsis

A librarian's discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the 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 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 heart-warming reminder that even the quietest life has the potential to be extraordinary.

The Library of Lost and Found Press Reviews

Praise for Phaedra Patrick:

`A feel-good story with oodles of charm that had me rooting for Arthur all the way.'

The Daily Mail

`Charming by name, charming by nature, this book is a balm for the soul and the heart.'

The Sun

`A gorgeous journey told through charms.'


`Eccentric, charming and wise, this will illuminate your heart.'

Nina George, author of The Little Paris Bookshop

`A charming, unforgettable story.'

Harper's Bazaar

`With many poignant as well as laugh-out-loud moments, in the vein of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, this is a lovely feel-good read.'


`As charming and witty as the title suggest.'

My Weekly

`We love this sweet story about self-discovery.'

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ISBN: 9780008237646
Publication date: 27/06/2019
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008237646
Publication date: 27th June 2019
Author: Phaedra Patrick
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Humour, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Relationship Stories,
Collections: 80+ Books That Deliver a Hug , 80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter., 40+ Quirky Novels - a little different and totally fabulous.,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance,

About Phaedra Patrick

Phaedra Patrick studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organiser and communications manager. Her short stories have won competitions run by Penguin and Darley Anderson and she now writes full time. She lives in Saddleworth with her husband and son. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is her debut novel.

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