Primary Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction
Published: 29 March 2019 by Park Row
Page count: 352
Memorable Factor: Average
Ending: Satisfying and Hopeful
Would I recommend it: Likely
Commission Link: https://amzn.to/2LfMOYC
My rating: ★★★★☆
Summary from Goodreads
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.
I read The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick back in January 2017 (pre-blog so no review – but I rated it 4 stars as well). I enjoyed that book because of the quirky characters and the real life feel of the story. Her latest book, The Library of the Lost and Found, maintains a very similar and likeable formula. Here are my pros and cons:
- The author is an expert at taking quirky, introverted characters and basically throwing them into the deep end to see if they can swim. She creates interesting situations for these introverted and set-in-their-ways characters to explore beyond their comfort zones and to discover things about themselves.
- Martha Storm fits the bill for an introverted, quirky character that is the forte of this author. I think I connected to Martha so much because I am rather introverted myself.
- I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t life-changing and it may not make anyone’s Top 10 Favorite Books list, but it was an enjoyable read. It is a humble story, filled with weird situations, beautiful fairy tales, fun secondary characters, and a heartfelt discovery. This book explored self-care, letting go of the past, and living in the present.
- I love books about books, libraries, book clubs, and people that love books. This book had them all!
- The author has such an amiable writing style. It is honest, charming, and hopeful. The pacing was really good. I never found myself getting bored at all. Every bit of the story just flowed effortlessly.
- I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was phenomenal.
- This book is a good lesson about why it is okay to say NO sometimes. You can be kind and helpful to people without being a doormat.
- While I enjoyed the story, it does lean toward the depressing side just a tad. Martha definitely doesn’t respect herself by the way she allows others to take advantage of her kindness, and she leans a little too much toward self-pity sometimes. There is also a rather sad part of the story that deals with an abusive childhood.
- The title didn’t seem quite right to me. The library didn’t really have anything to do with Martha’s “lost and found” journey, other than she worked there and she found the book of fairy tales there originally.
Overall, this was a heartwarming story about family, family secrets, and getting on with life and it is filled with interesting, realistic characters. It is a charming book that I think most people would enjoy. If you haven’t read this author before, this is a good book to start with.
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