Episode 9: The Keeper of Lost Things

The BritSpeak Episode

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan, narrated by Jane Collingwood and Sandra Duncan

Courtesy of HarperAudio

Today we analyze why we like British accents so much, and we reassure ourselves that it doesn’t mean we’re shallow. Not very shallow, anyway.

Also we learn that Tanya dislikes hotdogs, and that Sarina is having a hard week.

Bottom Line: The Keeper of Lost Things is a deeply romantic book with surprises to keep you on your toes. And there may or may not be something magical going on. This is a spoiler free episode, though, so don’t be afraid! iTunes | Stitcher | Google | Spotify

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Publisher's Summary

A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles - found on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer - found on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects - the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind - and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life's mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony's lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor's quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony's last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious - a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the keeper of lost things, Laura holds the key to Anthony's and Eunice's redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is a heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs. Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.

©2017 Ruth Hogan (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers*

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