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 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.
I have a little bit of an embarrassing confession to make. Much to my shame, although I have Phaedra’s other books on my ‘to be read’ pile, I haven’t actually read one yet…….until now that is. Judging by how much I enjoyed reading ‘The Library Of Lost And Found’, I can 100% guarantee that her other books will not be on that ‘to be read’ mountain for very much longer. I absolutely adored reading ‘The Library Of Lost And Found’ but more about that in a bit.
I couldn’t help but take to Martha Storm from the first moment I met her. I began to think of her as a friend and I felt rather protective of her when people were getting at her. Martha and her sister didn’t have the easiest of childhoods as their father was rather strict and I got the impression that they lived in fear of their father. However, Martha and her sister have a grandmother called Zelda, who is the sort of grandmother that we would all love to have. Zelda is fun, feisty, strong willed, stubborn and she dotes on her granddaughters. Martha and Zelda are of similar natures and both love reading. I could certainly see how they were drawn to each other and why they got on so well. Martha is a lovely lady, who is also a librarian. She likes to help others and even keeps lists of ways in which she can help others. In one respect I did think that Martha was a bit of a doormat and she lets people walk all over her. The more she does, the more they expect and the more she is used. Martha is a book addict and I did wonder if she used reading as a way of escaping from the real world. She seems to live her dreams through her books. Martha is a hoarder and her sister often nags her about the state of the house. Martha is kind, generous, compassionate, helpful, friendly and an all round good egg.
‘The Library Of Lost And Found’ is one of those delightful reads that only comes along once in a while. I am so pleased that I was offered the chance to read and review it. I was hooked on the story from the moment I opened the front cover, never mind from when I began to read. I found this to be an unputdownable book. The book wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. I couldn’t bear to be parted from the book and woe betide anybody who tried to take the book out of my hands. The book developed a hold over me and it was as if I feared breaking the hold that the book had over me if I put the book down for even one second. It comes as no surprise that I binge read the book over the course of a day. I did try rationing how much I read at once because I wanted to prolong my enjoyment of the book but that attempt at rationing didn’t work. I soon got to the end of the book which I was so disappointed about. I don’t mean that in a negative sense, far from it. I was enjoying the author’s writing style, the storylines and the delightful characters so much that I just wanted the book to continue on and on.
‘The Library Of Lost And Found’ is really well written. Phaedra has created a set of delightful characters and a story, which will tug on even the hardest of heartstrings. The author draws you in from the first word on the first page and she dangles enough bait in front of your nose to ensure that you keep on reading. I mean that in the nicest possible way. She describes the characters so realistically and so vividly that they seemed to jump off the page and spring to life as it were. The characters seemed just as real as you or I. Phaedra has a writing style that makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story themselves. That’s how I felt at any rate.
Reading ‘The Library Of Lost And Found’ was a pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Martha and I couldn’t help but hope that she got the happy ever after ending that she so deserved. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. I can’t wait to read what Phaedra comes up with next. Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait but whilst I wait I will most definitely be reading her other books just as soon as I can. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.