- MP3 CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged MP3CD edition (26 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1982646896
- ISBN-13: 978-1982646899
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 16.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 86.2 g
- Customer Reviews: 9 customer reviews
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An introverted librarian opens a book into a fantasy world that also reveals secrets from her grandmother's past in this pleasing novel from Patrick.-- "Publishers Weekly"<br \><br \>
The Library of Lost and Found pulled me with a little family mystery, and filled me with warm fuzzies at the end...Phaedra Patrick's characters are vibrant, quirky, and real.-- "Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake"<br \><br \>
Phaedra Patrick understands the soul.--"Nina George, New York Times bestselling author"
As cozy and fortifying as a hot cup of tea on a cold afternoon.--"Kirkus Reviews, praise for the author"
A hymn to books and how they can bring love-even miracles-into your life.--"Auntoine Laurain, author of The Red Notebook"
About the Author
Phaedra Patrick is the author of several novels. She studied art and marketing, and has worked as a stained-glass artist, film-festival organizer, and communications manager. An award-winning short-story writer, she now writes full time.
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There are 2 things that I want in a book. Firstly not wanting to put it down and not wanting the book to end. The book overall didn’t meet the criteria. In summary a nice feel good read but not outstanding.
Martha’s cheeks began to burn. If she touched them with a wet finger they might hiss.
“He said he liked your traumatic reading.” Martha hoped she meant dramatic reading.
“Is it true he was on board that fishing boat, that cat’s-eyed?” “Capsized?”
“We’ll just do a little trim,” Suki said. The bells on her ankle bracelet jingled as she circled Martha, peering into her hair as if she was looking for eggs in a large bird’s nest.
“Sometimes putting things to rest from your past can be catholic.” “Do you mean cathartic?”
I’m having a crustacean section next week.” “A cesarean?” … “The baby is lying in a beach position.” “Do you mean breach?”
Ms. Patrick taunted me with her cunning and maddeningly paced story, I reviled this family - they were simply heinous. I enjoyed the cleverly placed use of the levity the amusing quirk of Suki’s poor auditory discrimination and confused vocabulary skills, which helped to counteract and ease the frustrating and prevalent miasma of angst and oppression. I deeply despised the selfish and abhorrently Machiavellian father as well as the mousy mother who allowed it – which was equally as vile, as was the manipulative and favored younger sister. I wanted to administer some foot to posterior therapy to those three. Yet, despite my irritation, I could not stop reading.
I adored Zelda, the colorful and unconventional Nana, although I had no pleasant thoughts for the rest of them - as they were all conniving and disingenuous conspirators. I was taut with tension and grinding my teeth, but I was invested and entrenched, and could not leave my Kindle for more than a few minutes.
I was impatient and greatly annoyed with the spineless main character of Martha for not only rolling over and allowing her continual subjugation but extended her servitude to every Tom, Dick, and Harry she knew. She permitted herself to be treated like a doormat and willingly gave her power away, which is an issue I have very little patience with. Yet, I could not walk away and leave her story hanging.
I was frustrated, bitterly antagonized, and fully vexed; yet I had to see where this aggravating tale was going. I was hooked, intrigued, and ruthlessly curious about a deeply buried thirty-year-old secret about Nana. I am delighted and pleased with myself now for sticking with it, as the last few chapters ushered in a totally unexpected, stoical, laconic, and quietly observant hero, as well as writing so poignant that my vision was inexplicably blurred and an odd wetness seemed to be leaking from my eyes while I simultaneously experienced an uncomfortable squeezing in my chest and the sensation of several hot rocks in my throat. What madness! This was my first experience of the unpredictably wily skills of Phaedra Patrick - she is a crafty one.
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Not something I would usually choose but delighted I did.
I've started calling my wife Zelda, she won't understand why until she reads the book. We all need a Zelda in our lives.
Enjoy - I did!
It was easy to get swept up in the small seaside town life and I could relate to Martha a lot. I loved the fairy tales written by the characters and wanted to visit the lighthouse and the book shop as they created such magic in my mind.
A reminder about second chances and family mistakes.
Martha is middleaged and single, working in the local library she is as happy as she feels she can be as she loves everything to do with books. But there is another side to Martha as she cannot say "no" to no-one if someone asks her to do something even if it is inconvenient to her own life she still agrees to do whatever job is asked of her.
As the story progresses the real Martha is shown to the world, she emerges from her old life as a caterpillar changes to a butterfly and it was a pleasure to see but this is more than a woman finding her confidence once again as someone from Martha's past comes back into her life and turns Martha's life upside down in the most unexpecting of ways.
I loved how the author created an ordinary character and give each of her a voice in wonderfully unique of ways. This is a storyline which opened my heart to changes and as I followed Martha gaining her butterfly wings and giving herself a shake in a new and wonderful way. I loved how Martha's love of the written world opened her up to accepting the same changes into her life and allowing herself at last how to say "No" when she needed too without losing the special friends she has met through her job in the local library.
A great read which I am very happy to recommend.