Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Blog Tour: Review of The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

Author: Phaedra Patrick
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition 
Publication Date: March 26, 2019

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.

The Library of Lost and Found didn't end up being what I was expecting.  The book involves Martha, who is middle aged and kind of at a loss for what to do with her life.  She is a people please and can't say the word "no", ever.  One day, she is given a book that has an inscription in it written to her from her dead grandmother.  This sets her off on a journey  to find out the truth about her grandmother's death.

I'll admit that I had a hard time initially getting into this book.  I didn't care for Martha.  She was kind of a doormat that everyone in town walked all over.  She came across as way older than she actually was supposed to be.  She definitely grew on me as the book progressed.  The book end up being an OK read for me.  The overall story was kind of predictable and ended up where I thought it would end up.  The family secret was no surprise and I wasn't shocked when it was revealed.   The story is well written and I especially enjoyed the little fairy tales scattered throughout the book.  I just didn't love it as much as I was hoping I would.

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About Phaedra Patrick

Phaedra Patrick studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organizer and communications manager. She is a prize winning short story writer and now writes full time.
She lives in the UK with her husband and son. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is her debut novel.

Connect with Phaedra
Instagram tour:
Monday, March 25th: @simoneandherbooks
Tuesday, March 26th: @ladyofthelibrary
Wednesday, March 27th: @wherethereadergrows
Wednesday, March 27th: @stephaniehowell
Thursday, March 28th: @hotcocoareads
Friday, March 29th: @readingbringsjoy
Saturday, March 30th: @whatmeganreads
Sunday, March 31st: @oddandbookish
Monday, April 1st: @prose_and_palate

Review tour:
Monday, March 25th: Reading Reality
Tuesday, March 26th: A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
Wednesday, March 27th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, March 27th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, March 28th: The Sketchy Reader
Friday, March 29th: Tar Heel Reader and @tarheelreader
Monday, April 1st: @bookstackedblonde
Monday, April 1st: Into the Hall of Books
Tuesday, April 2nd: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Wednesday, April 3rd: Patricia’s Wisdom
Thursday, April 4th: The Hungry Bookworm
Thursday, April 4th: @worldswithinpages
Friday, April 5th: What is That Book About
Monday, April 8th: @thegraduatedbookworm
Monday, April 8th: Amy’s Book-et List
Tuesday, April 9th: Novel Gossip and @novelgossip
Wednesday, April 10th: Read Eat Repeat
Thursday, April 11th: Girl Who Reads
Friday, April 12th: Kahakai Kitchen
Monday, April 15th: Jessicamap Reviews and @jessicamap
Tuesday, April 16th: Books & Bindings
Thursday, April 18th: A Splendid Messy Life
Friday, April 19th: @jackiereadsbooks
Monday, April 22nd: Jathan & Heather
Tuesday, April 23rd: @novelmombooks
Wednesday, April 24th: Bookchickdi
Thursday, April 25th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Friday, April 26th: Thoughts on This ‘n That


Gina said...

You know, I had that happen with a book I was ready to ADORE recently as well, and it just shocked the heck out of me with what was really going on. Cie la vie...I may still check this one out though...I blame the cover for enchanting my eye. Happy reading!

Sara Strand said...

Oh, Martha sounds exactly like me. I really want to read this to see if I have a different perspective of me. :) Thanks for being on this tour!

Sara @ TLC Book Tours