The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick is a contemporary novel about a librarian that will pull at your heart strings. The strong theme of family and the stories they tell make for an interesting read. Also, the main character, Martha, transforms throughout the book, and is one that is easy to root for.

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra PatrickTitle: The Library of Lost and Found
Author: Phaedra Patrick
Publisher: Park Row
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the international bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

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.

Filled with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and vivid characters, The Library of Lost and Found is a heartwarming and poignant tale of how one woman must take control of her destiny to write her own happy ending.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

Any book about libraries and librarians will instantly grab my attention. This is one setting that really seems to draw a reader in. Phaedra Patrick weaves Martha’s love of stories and her strong connection to her local library in a magical way. It is so heartwarming to read about Martha reminiscing about spending time with her grandmother at a seaside library.

❀ Interesting Characters

Martha’s grandmother, Zelda,  is a character that is easy to fall in love with. She is quirky, fun, and quite eccentric. Her love for her family and her carefree attitude gives the book some laugh out loud moments. The confidence that Zelda exudes rubs off on Martha and really helps her to come out of her shell.

❀ Journey of Self-Discovery

Martha is an interesting character when the book begins, as she has quite a lot of backstory. She is quite a push-over and really doesn’t take many risks at all. As the plot thickens, the reader learns that this wasn’t always the way for Martha. The book takes Martha on a journey of self-discovery through the past and a collection of stories in such a wonderful way.

❀ Heartwarming Contemporary

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick is a good book to try if you are in the mood for a feel-good contemporary. It is a heartwarming novel that has a wonderful cast of characters and a lovely setting. Perfect for a spring TBR.

About Phaedra Patrick

Phaedra Patrick

Phaedra studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organiser and communications manager.

Her short stories have won competitions run by Penguin and Darley Anderson and she now writes full time. She lives in Saddleworth with her husband and son.


About Lori

Avid reader. Contributor to The Candid Cover. Educator.

25 thoughts on “The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

  1. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Aaaw this sounds like a really sweet family story! Although finding out your grandma might be alive after years of believing her dead might come as quite the shock – I hope the author was able to portray those emotions accurately as well 🙂
    I like that Martha is not your typical heroine and is instead really flawed and easier to relate to.
    Brilliant post!
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  2. Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse says:

    I like books about librarians, too. The last one I read was Make Me Bad and it was more romance-y than this one sounds. This sounds like a really cute and heartwarming contemporary. I love that there is a mystery with her grandmother involved. Great review!

  3. Julie Waldron says:

    My daughter works in a library, so this title drew me in. 🙂 It sounds like a wonderful book and I love the cover.

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