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I thoroughly enjoyed Phaedra Patrick’s debut so couldn’t wait to find out where The Library of Lost and Found would take me.

Book cover 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 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 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 heart-warming reminder that even the quietest life has the potential to be extraordinary.

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick is published by HQ and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.


Martha has lived the majority of her life providing a service to others whether that’s her parents, her sister Lilian or the neighbours in the community at Sandshift.  But there comes a point when you lose yourself and are taken for granted … the catalyst for Martha to make changes is the book of fairy tales with an inscribed message from her grandmother Zelda.

Zelda is a fabulous character.  Such a rebel. 🙂   I loved the fairy tales –  full of symbols and therapeutic for a child trying to make sense of the world around them.

The timeline taking us back to the mid 70’s and Martha’s childhood shows us her role models for relationships.  Even taking into account expectations in the 70’s, this narration made me feel helpless and very angry!  And as time moves forward in the ‘now,’ the past builds to an event that changes the family dynamics which had me on tenterhooks.  My emotions were hooked in to both narrations.

When I first started reading I thought Martha was quite old and was surprised she was two years younger than me!  Fairly early on I felt affronted by how she was being treated, which made me eager to see her character develop.  During the story, with Martha doing things outside of her comfort zone, I thought she acted younger.    I loved the confidence she gained!

I did guess the family secret (but this didn’t spoil my enjoyment).  The time Martha spends with Siegfried was very poignant but a healing time.  The ending just perfect.

It’s felt like an honour accompanying Martha on her journey of self-discovery in The Library of Lost and Found.  A recommended read from me.

Author photo Phaedra Patrick by Sam Ralph

Phaedra Patrick is the international bestselling author of RISE & SHINE, BENEDICT STONE (known as WISHES UNDER THE WILLOW TREE in the UK), and THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER, which has been translated into over twenty languages worldwide.

Film rights for THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER have been optioned in the US by a major Hollywood studio. A USA Today bestseller, it was awarded the Prix des Lectrices 2017 in France, and was a top ten Audible audiobook in the USA, and also reached top three on the Apple iBooks chart.

Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop said: “Phaedra Patrick understands the soul. Eccentric, charming and wise…This book will illuminate your heart.”

RISE & SHINE, BENEDICT STONE has also been optioned as a TV movie in the US.

Both ARTHUR PEPPER and BENEDICT STONE were Indie Next picks in the US, and each was awarded a starred review by the Library Journal. The publication described Phaedra’s work as, “Tender, insightful and surprising.”

Her latest novel is called THE LIBRARY OF LOST AND FOUND, and will be available March 2019 (US hardback/audio/ebook, UK audio/ebook) with the UK paperback published in June 2019. She is currently working on her fourth book.

Phaedra qualified firstly as a stained glass artist before gaining her professional Marketing qualifications. She has worked as a waitress, stained glass designer, film festival organiser and communications manager. She enjoyed her first real writing success when she entered and won several short story competitions, and she now writes full time.

She lives in Saddleworth, UK and is represented by Clare Wallace at Darley Anderson Literary, Film and TV Agency.

Connect with Phaedra Patrick

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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