Oh my gosh. Don’t you just love it when you finish a book and realise it’s unlike any other you’ve read? The Keeper of Lost Things was such a good read with an wonderfully unique, whimsical story that had me hooked from the first few sentences.
Anthony Peardew gives the book its title. Forty years ago, he lost a special keepsake from his beloved fiancé, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought comfort in rescuing lost objects from then on. Whether it was the things others have dropped, misplaced or accidentally left behind – he took them home, documented every little detail and even wrote short stories about their owners and how the items had ended up being lost.
This novel has two main narratives – the first is told by Laura, Anthony’s housekeeper. Upon Anthony’s death, she becomes the owner of his house and along with Freddy (the gardener) and Sunshine (a local girl who befriends Laura). In his final will, Anthony leaves Laura his home and the task of returning as many of the lost things he had collected back to their rightful owners.
One of my major loves of this book as the character of Sunshine. She is a wonderful breath of fresh air with her innocence and outlook, she seems to have an extraordinary gift for picking up on the emotions behind the Lost Things. As you’ll find throughout the book, she definitely understands the healing powers of a good cup of tea!
The second thread is told by Eunice, who works as an assistant to publisher – Bomber during the 1970’s. They develop such a tender relationship through the book, it’s just a joy to read. It does make you wonder about the significance of this storyline but it is cleverly woven in with Laura’s story and provides another insight and interesting storyline.
There are also many smaller story threads running throughout, including little anecdotes about who the lost things belonged to. All the stories are intricately woven into the main narratives but, crucially, they do not feel forced. The whole book was perfectly balanced and truly enhanced by the symmetry at the end of the stories.
The ending brought a little tear to my eye, there were also moments that physically made me laugh out loud, even a touch of the supernatural is thrown in there too.
I honestly loved reading this book, it’s pretty much the ideal mix of genres and such a heartwarming read. If you love reading brilliantly written, feel-good, interesting stories then add this to your reading list now!
I’ve just passed it on to my mum to read – who I hope will enjoy it as much as I did!
Have you read this book before? What did you think?
Love Charlie x