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    A joy to read

    Martha Storm works as a librarian. She constantly puts others before herself and doesn’t know how to say ‘no’ to people when they ask her to do their chores for them, including her sister. One evening as she is approaching the library for an authors event she sees a man leaving a parcel addressed to her on the step outside the library. Inside is a tatty old book that has been dedicated to her from her Grandmother Zelda. The strange thing is the date on the dedication is three years after Zelda’s death. The book is filled with stories that Martha wrote and told her Grandmother. Spurred on by the strange date in the book, Martha is determined to find out what happened to her Grandmother and where the book came from. The Library of Lost and Found is a very sweet read. At first I struggled with Martha as a character because she was such a pushover, she didn’t like to let people down and so she put her own life on hold for others including her parents who she looked after until their death, her boss who kept overlooking her for a full-time job at the library and her younger sister. I felt like screaming at her to tell them to do their own laundry or fix their own child’s school trouser, etc. However, as the book progressed you get to witness Martha realising how much of herself she gives to others and that it is time to say no. She might have been a middle-aged woman but it was wonderful to watch her grow as a person. I also loved Suki, who worked with Martha, and the wrong words she used all the time (cat’s eyes instead of capsized etc). The book is mainly told in the present but there are a few chapters that show you Martha’s childhood as well as the stories that she told her Grandmother. This is a beautiful book that was perfect for sitting in the sun with and reading away for a few hours. The pages flew by as I immersed myself in Martha’s life. There were a few shocking moments as the past came to light and mysteries unfolded. The plot, the characters, and the setting make this book a real joy to read. Once I had picked it up I didn’t want to put it down again. I needed to know the truth as much as Martha did.
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    Full of heart

    What an amazing book, so much heart and yet so much sadness too. Martha is a people pleaser yet her own happiness is not even a consideration on her to-do list. Her life turns on its head with the appearance of a book that appears to be a gift for her from from her deceased grandmother Zelda many years ago causing her to evaluate everything she knows, the life she lives and her past. Martha is downtrodden and take for granted unlike Zelda who is a wonderful character, determined to add some positivity to her family, very much a glass half full person and full of warmth. The flashbacks to parts of her childhood (told from her mothers perspective) are bleak and the fairy tales are just fantastic, so inspired and perceptive. I’m struggling to find something I disliked about this book I enjoyed it so much, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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    Great story

    This book caught my mood exactly. Just what I needed to read. It put into words a bit of what I was feeling and I enjoyed the outcome of this well written story. The characters were easy to identify with and the seaside settings were ideal for a summer read.
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    The library of lost and found.

    A delightful book. Simple and elegant, yet at the same time rich with emotion and beauty. I look forward to reading her other books.

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