Review: The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick
A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the international bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
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.
The premise of the book was definitely an intriguing one. The book had an uncertainty for me in the beginning but once Martha received the book inscribe to her, that’s when my curiosity piqued and the book took off. From there as the story unfolds, you can’t help but not want to root her.
Martha was definitely a likable character despite her story being a bit depressing at moments. I don’t mean that in a bad way but as you get to know her and where her life is in the present and I say as a result of her past, you want to see her have a happy ending. She was one of those people that gave all of herself because she was so kind but as a result, people just took advantage of that. One of my favorite moments from the book was the moment she said no. When she finally got the courage to stand up for herself, it was such a great moment.
The overall plot of the book from the dedication that Martha found of her grandmother to the shocking revelation that changed her life, really was heartfelt. The storyline surrounding her grandmother really makes you appreciate life in the moment. We get a chance to not only get the present perspective but we get taken back in the past which fills in the blanks and makes an interesting story. The supporting characters complemented the book and it came together good. I thought it was a nice read.