Tuesday Intro: The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Once again this week, I’m linking up again with Vicky at I’d Rather Be At The Beach who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter/paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. This week I’m reading The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan, a book which has sat on my shelf for what seems like forever and which I have heard such good things about I’m not sure why I’ve waited so long to pick it up. 

Here’s what it’s about…

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Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles – Bone china cup and saucer — Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them.

Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Here’s how it starts…

Charles Bramwell Brockley was travelling along and without a ticket on the 14:42 from London Bridge to Brighton.  The Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin in which he was travelling teetered precariously on the edge of the seat as the train juddered to a halt at Haywards Heath. But just as it toppled forwards towards the carriage floor it was gathered up by a safe pair of hands.

What do you think? Have you read it? Or would you keep reading?

Emma x



  1. Such a beautiful cover and, from the sound of it, I’d like to read more. enjoy Emma

    1. It is a gorgeous cover isn’t it. I hope it’s as good as it looks!

  2. I like the blurb better than the beginning but would give the book a chance. This week I am featuring The Body in the Ballroom by R. J. Koreto – a historical mystery from my review stack. Happy reading!

    1. I know what you mean. I am interested to see how it goes.

  3. I have been curious about this one. I’ll want to read your review when you’re done. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. I’m curious too – fingers crossed its a good one.

  4. I’ve got this one to read and it does look really good 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

    Here is mine. It’s not my usual choice, but interesting nevertheless : http://bit.ly/2LXr9ke

    Happy Tuesday! 😉

    1. I have heard so many good things – I hope I’m not disappointed.

      1. That’s always the danger… bites nails 🙂

  5. I like the sound of this one and hope you enjoy it. I’m going to add it to my reading list.

  6. I’d have to read some more before I decided whether or not to continue. I love the cover though!

  7. It sounds really good.

  8. I hope you enjoy the read. I look forward to the review.

  9. I’m sorry, but the opener isn’t grabbing me. I do hope its right for you.

  10. I remember hearing good things about this book and it really appeals to me right now. Thanks for featuring it! Off to see if my library has it – bet they do.

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