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The Keeper of Lost Things

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Anthony was distraught at loosing his wife and also the one item that would keep his promise and keep him close to her. When Anthony dies he leaves both his estate and the responsibility for completing his life’s work to Laura, his housekeeper/secretary.

The story is beautifully written, humorous, and includes many colorful and charming characters, human and canine, along with a few odious ones. The primary storyline is modern day and revolves around Laura, an assistant to aging author Anthony Peardew. When I finally picked it up I found a gentle and charming story about an elderly gentleman, Anthony, who collected and catalogued items, found and presumed lost. I am a magpie; always collecting treasures (or ‘junk’ depending on your point of view) and a huge John Betjeman fan.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. Laura is quite smitten with the young man, but she knows that it is just a dream, as he is way out of her league.

I loved the slow unfolding of this story as we learn how both timelines intersect in such a touching and almost unexpected way. I loved the symbolic representation of these lost items, and how they resemble each character’s journey to finding their own way; their own home.Is anyone in the book group sure about the story, its construction, development, proportion of sound reason to logical fantasy? a lively, clever, serious, delightful nineteen year old woman with Downs Syndrome, has a supernatural connection with Therese, despite never meeting her when she was alive. One reader suggested that as well as ‘lost things’, the people who arrived at the house were also lost in some aspect of their lives and were looking for new beginnings. He doesn’t have many people in his life apart from has an assistant Laura; who he trusts and knows she is as lost as him and his gardener. He knows too well the pain of losing something dear, and knows the value in having something to hold onto.

Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, Masha's life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago.

There is also a secondary main story, told every few chapters, about the friendship between a book publisher who goes by “Bomber” and his assistant Eunice. It isn’t revealed how this narrative connects with Laura’s until the end, but it does and in a very satisfying way. An uplifting, enchanting and marvelously crafted escapist read with minimal fluff and maximum appeal. The whole concept of the book was so wonderful that I really wanted to be transported into a world which I believed was real.

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