The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (Book Summary)

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. It started when he lost his late wife’s communion medal on the day of her death, and he felt like he failed her. He collected the lost things, labeled it in his study with the hope that it will someday be reunited with its owners, just like the medal that he lost. Those lost things also inspired his short stories that were published. When he died, he left the house they called Padua, to Laura, his assistant. Laura took care of the house or her inheritance together with Sunshine and Freddy. Sunshine is a neighbor who became Laura’s friend after Anthony’s death. Freddy is the gardener who got close to Laura after Anthony’s death as well (they even end up falling in love).

Before Anthony died, he left a letter which contains a task for Laura: To return all the lost things in the study to their owner in any way she can. To do it, Laura started a website with the help of Freddy and Sunshine. However, while doing it, Therese (Anthony’s late wife) started haunting the house. Her bedroom was locked, Laura once saw her in the garden, music starts playing randomly, sometimes it doesn’t play at all. Laura tried talking to her and reaching out. She asked for a sign and was presented with this: Anthony’s pen inside a biscuit can. Sunshine was able to interpret it as Anthony’s letter. It turns out that Therese wanted her to find the communion medal.

Meanwhile, the website for the lost things was a success. Other people have come to pick up their stuff, many people have emailed as well. There’s even a glove they posted that belonged to a dead woman, based on what one of the email said (the dead lady was ran over by a train, she was suffering from depression and it was Sunshine’s father who was driving that train). There was also one email they received from a woman named Eunice. She then went to Padua to claim a biscuit tin which contains the Ashes of Bomber, her boss, her bestfriend and love of her life. During a funeral that was prepared by Bomber’s sister, Eunice took his ashes by placing it in a biscuit tin because she knew that Bomber wants to be scattered in a place he thinks is fabulous. However on the train, she lost the biscuit tin and never found it for years – until Laura posted it. She was reunited with Bomber now and she also wants to return something she found. She found it the day she was hired by Bomber, It was also the day she saw Anthony, and the same day Anthony lost Therese (died of heart attack). Eunice presented a communion medallion to Laura, and Laura was stunned for it was the medal she was sure Anthony and Therese have been looking for. The End.

            • Keeper of Lost Things Summary
            • Author: Ruth Hogan
            • Finished this on: November 16, 2017
            • My rating: 3/5
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There was one night when the rain poured so hard, and i didn't want it to stop. Weird, because i was afraid and amused by the sound of the rain and thunder. The sound of it made me less alone that night. The next day i woke up to find my collection of journals soaked. I keep it near the window to make sure no one could read it. The writings can still be read but i was devastated by the damage. I wanted it preserved but i don't want it published. Still amused by the rain but afraid of the wrath it could bring to my journals, i created this blog.

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