What’s this? I’m reading something other than fantasy or sci-fi? Why yes, I am mixing things up on This Northern Gal with some cute escapism.
The Keeper of Lost Things*, the first novel from Ruth Hogan, is a creative and charming story. It follows Laura, who inherits both a house and a challenge from her boss. Anthony has spent most of his life collecting lost items wherever he goes, with the hope of one day reuniting them with their owners. When he dies, he asks Laura to pick up the task. It ends up being the fresh start she needs but that doesn’t mean things will go smoothly for her.
This is a bit of an unusual read for me at the moment. Although there is a touch of magical realism in this, it’s very different from the books that I’ve been reading at the moment. But, I suppose it is a bit like the fantasy books I’ve been reading in so much as it was a way to switch off from the real world for a while and get lost in a story, though this was a lot nicer than some of the others I’ve been reading! When I sit and think about the words I would use to describe The Keeper of Lost Things, cute, charming and enjoyable are right at the top of the list.
There were a couple of moments that made me a little wary, particularly when it came to the handling of disability, but I think it might have more to do with the flaws (and subsequent development) of the characters. On the whole, this didn’t bother me too much or detract from the reading experience, but it is worth bearing in mind.
Reviews for The Keeper of Lost Things tend to be a little divisive, with people either loving it as the ultimate feel good novel or deriding it as sickly sweet, with a few weird plot twists thrown in. I think I sit something in the middle: I enjoyed it and I’m glad I read it but I don’t feel any real desire to rave about it.
If you’re looking for a fun love story to lose yourself in, then give The Keeper of Lost Things a try. You might just find yourself finding some of the magic within it too.
P.S I received a free copy of this book from the publishers but this in no way affects my review