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Librarian Martha Storm is a kind, super organized woman who is treated as a doormat by those around her. The hours of her days are filled with doing everything in her power to please those around her making endless to-do lists and accomplishing little. Then one night her life is changed by a book of fairy tales left for her at the doors of the library. Martha begins a quest to find out the origins of this mysterious book, stepping out of her comfort zone and ultimately discovering her true worth in life. Once again Phaedra Patrick has weaved a delightful, charming tale filled with relatable and unforgettable characters that I recognized as kindred spirits. Martha's love of books and her library and bookstores were feelings I share, as well as her feelings of being overwhelmed as she looked around her claustrophobic house full of a lifetime of possessions. "The Library of Lost and Found" has earned its place on my long list of treasured and beloved books I've read in my lifetime.

— Lisa


"Sweet and resonant." --People, "Best New Books" Pick

"A heartwarming and tender tale of growth and redemption.... Curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and a biscuit and be entranced by this delightful story." --Library Journal, starred review

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780778369356
ISBN-10: 0778369358
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: March 26th, 2019
Pages: 352
Language: English

The Library of Lost and Found (Hardcover)