Anthony Peardew collects and keeps lost items. He collects lost items because forty years ago, the same day he lost a valuable keepsake given to him by his fiancee, Therese, she unexpectedly passed away. Since then, he sought consolation in rescuing the lost objects of others. During his twilight years, he realizes his goal to reunite the objects with their owners remains unaccomplished. When he passes away, he bequeaths his mission to his assistant, Laura, along with his house. The story focuses on Laura, as she picks up where Anthony left off, documenting each object and putting it online in an attempt to find the owner.
If you’re looking for a quick recommendation, yes, I would definitely recommend this book!
I had such a good feeling the entire time I read this book! It’s just such a buoyant novel that I would call it the equivalent of watching your favorite rom com. My favorite aspect of this novel is the characters. They are unique, genuine, and lovable. The characters don’t always feel real, but feel-good novel characters don’t always feel that way. Sometimes, that’s the best part.
Feel-good novels offer us a way to escape our imperfect lives to live vicariously through characters whose lives feel, well, good. So the characters may not meet my perfect standards, but I still loved them. Another aspect I enjoyed was the story. It’s fun to follow Laura along as she discovers not only how to return the lost objects to their owners, but she finds love as well.
Now, the story doesn’t focus solely on Laura. It also delves deep into some of the stories behind the objects and their owners. The ending was a beautiful way to wrap things up. We learn why Anthony kept these objects as long as he did, and Laura finds peace with her new life. Everything’s tied up nicely. We can imagine Laura as she continues the quest to return these lost items to their owners.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this to a busy mom. The book is short and the story is great. You’re sure to get lost in Laura’s life as she navigates the ever-changing waters to complete her mission. Well, Anthony’s mission. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, feel-good novel about finding love and meeting great characters, then this book is for you!
Five out of five stars
If you enjoyed this book, you might also like Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Check out my review!
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