The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick
What a WONDERFUL book!!!! I absolutely loved it for a variety of reasons! First, main character Martha works in a library (one of my fave places). Secondly, she’s on a journey of self-discovery and there were many moments when I cheered for her as she stood up for herself!
A few key moments that stuck out to me. During the story Martha basically goes through rooms in her house and does a major clean sweep, getting rid of items she’s had for years. Love it when people do that! It’s so freeing! I used to work for a professional organizing company which I absolutely LOVED! It’s still one of my favourite things to do in my own home. I found this passage in the book which really resonated with me:
As she carried on with her mission, she imagined that she might feel sad, nostalgic or melancholic, but instead she found herself singing. With each item that Leslie removed, Martha’s shoulders felt lighter, as if she was casting off the person she didn’t want to be any longer.” (p 204)
Also, there’s a moment in the book when books as gifts are given to characters. It actually brought me to tears reading which titles were given to each character. Such fitting choices! There’s nothing better than a book choice that just feels right!
If you’re a lover of books and stories, you will love this one!!!! If anything I’ve written in this post resonates with you, also please read this 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.”
Red 5 gives this book a 5/5!!