Thursday, 27 June 2019

#BlogTour The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

Today it's my turn on the BlogTour The Library of the Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick. It's an intricate contemporary read, a mystery.

About the Author
Phaedra Patrick studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organiser and communications manager. Her short stories have won competitions run by Penguin and Darley Anderson and she now writes full time. She lives in Saddleworth with her husband and son.

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About the book
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 heart-warming reminder that even the quietest life has the potential to be extraordinary.

Martha does everything for everyone. Their laundry, sewing, fixing costumes, baking and any other thing she thinks will help others. Except there is a fine line between helping and be taken advantage of.

That's is the crux of Martha's problems, she is unable or unwilling to stand up for herself. A lifetime of being oppressed and of kow-towing to her father, putting her needs last and playing by rules made by others. It has made her a target for those who like to bully, use and abuse.

The other side of her helping out is the way her inability to say no impacts her living situation. It appears to be quirky and eccentric at first, but the truth is perhaps more serious.

Her life changes when a mysterious package is left outside her place of work. It leads her to questions she didn't know existed or that she needed to know the answers to. To a world behind the truth she knows, the only truth she knows.

Read me, I'm yours.

Would you be able to resist a book with a post-it note reading the aforementioned? I am certain I wouldn't be able to. The question is why someone would do that. To share the love of reading, to create an invisible thread to the source or is it ego-centric?

It's all connected to the stories Martha wrote as a child and the fact that she stopped writing them.
This story is all about finding your inner mojo, especially when it has been repressed and locked away for many years. Martha comprehends the level of emotional and coercive abuse her mother suffered, but it takes meeting Zelda to finally understand what her father did to her.

It's a beautiful and heartfelt story about mental health, self-discovery and the kind of secrets that change lives. It's an intricate contemporary read, a mystery. A family full of secrets, hidden heartache and the soul of a little girl lost in the body of grown woman. The story has a hint of mystique, which in the end is perhaps just the culmination of human mistakes and a love for the written word.

Buy The Library of Lost and Found at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.

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