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The Keeper of Lost Things

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I often describe myself as a documentary junkie, and the more weird and wonderful the topic, the more it interests me. The Keeper of Lost Things” is, in my opinion, a mediocre and sentimental love story that operates with superficial characters and unbelievable scenes.

I am a magpie; always collecting treasures (or ‘junk’ depending on your point of view) and a huge John Betjeman fan. She has made the chapter the perfect length so its easy to stop and then pick up again (but I did struggle to put it down because it was soooooo good! I would have to wholeheartedly agree that this book definitely qualifies as one that motivates its readers to love and to cherish every moment. It's one of those cute, sweet, Hallmark-movie type stories that I wish I did like, but the simpleness and sweetness and the obvious way that everything wraps up perfectly is so implausible that it made me groan in frustration. She then added more than a few eccentrics, a feisty spirit and a sweet innocent by the name of Sunshine whom you will come to love, and gave us a story brimming with wit, wisdom and charm galore.

The story of lost things was intended to be an insight into lost souls and self discovery but we felt that it was a very shallow exploration of this theme.

This book was conceived when she got cancer in 2012 and the insomnia-fueled writing produced the keeper of lost things. Laura, a young woman who is working for this Keeper of Lost Things since the day she spotted the want ad that Anthony Peardew had placed.

When Anthony dies he leaves both his estate and the responsibility for completing his life’s work to Laura, his housekeeper/secretary. It started off with charm but quickly fell apart into disjointed parallel storylines, with so many plot contrivances I was groaning. The group felt that Laura in particular wasn't a very likeable character as she was quite self absorbed and self pitying. That event has coloured and haunted his entire life, with guilt over a broken promise, a lost communion medal, and led to the enormous collection of lost items which he has found with the hope of reuniting them with their owners. I felt inspired after reading this novel and found this a comfortable, feel good read that left me thinking how those little things in life could actually be more consequential than one might think.

The descriptions of Alzheimers were appreciated as being ‘beautifully done though not avoiding the sadness and misery it causes to both sufferer and loved ones’. In fact, Sunshine just seems to know a lot of things about Therese and also about the owners of the lost things. Registered office address: Unit 34 Vulcan House Business Centre, Vulcan Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 3EF. Over the years they share their lives with Douglas and then Baby Jane, beloved dogs that rule the roost and eat a large amount of pastries. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.Having said that, the group did enjoy Anthony's imagined stories for each lost item and found them very creative (the ones highlighted in the discussion were the jigsaw piece and the umbrella). Over the years he has filled his drawers and shelves with fragments of other people’s lives, and somehow they had helped to mend his-so cruelly shattered-and make it whole again. Whimsical and gentle, it is a tale and of life and loss and resolves easily, if a little predictably.

She was once lost, herself, but Anthony helped her to reunite with her true self, and not the one others had tried to form her to be. Its a powerful story not just about just the lost objects but the stories behind them becoming lost.The final pages of The Keeper of Lost Things manage to bring all of the plot threads together quite neatly, perhaps a little too neatly for some readers. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. At first, it was somewhat confusing to listen to, as the POVs and storylines change with each chapter. Added to that Sunshine's preternatural capabilities, a TERRIBLE, predictable and sickly-sweet plot, not to mention another 15,000 similes and cliches . I was born in the house where my parents still live in Bedford: my sister was so pleased to have a sibling that she threw a thrupenny bit at me.

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