ARC Book Review: The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

Release Date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Park Row
Format: ebook
Pages: 352 pages
Genre:  Fiction
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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.


I really loved this book. Martha Storm lost herself somewhere along the path of life.  She was a carefree child who loved to write and dance with her grandmother.  Her fathers strict rules and guidelines took over as she cared for her parents when they got older.  Leaving behind a man who loved her and a life she didn't have. Her life is about to change when she receives a broken book filled with fairy tales that she created when she was a child with an inscription from her grandmother dated 3 years after she died, or at least when she was supposed to have died.

This is a story of finding yourself, of remembering how to live and be true to yourself.  To remember to take care of yourself and not continually put others before yourself.  It is about secrets and how they destroy families and it is about not trying to change people to fit who you want them to be. This is a beautiful story that warms the heart. Reading it is like being wrapped in a warm hug and told you can be anything you want, you just have to dream it. 

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.

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