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“The Library of Lost and Found” by Phaedra Patrick

There seem to be many books about libraries and librarians lately.  I wonder why that would be . . . perhaps it is because libraries are such wonderful places and vary widely, as do the librarians who staff them!

This book is a little different. Martha Storm works at a library part-time and has been applying for years for a permanent full-time position there.  Somehow, she is always over-looked.  She is so helpful and kind; people take advantage of her goodness, making unreasonable requests on her time and energy.

She shows up to work for a special library program, only to find it has been canceled and nobody thought to let her know.  But all isn’t lost, as she finds a mysterious package with her name on it.  She is stunned to find a book of tales inside the package, with a dedication from her beloved grandmother – to her!  But the inscription date is a few years after her grandma had died.  How can this be?

This begins a journey of discovery and transformation for Martha.

From our library online catalog:

“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.”

As Martha tries to unravel the mystery behind the origin of the book of tales, she examines her family members and family history to look anew at what she thought was truth about them.  She looks at herself and thinks about how she can become more true to her self.  It is a growth experience for her, and for those she interacts with during her search.

This is a charming book with interesting characters that delves into uncomfortable family relationships and personal development. 

“Sometimes a book comes along at exactly the right moment. The Library of Lost and Found pulled me with a little family mystery, and filled me with warm fuzzies at the end–exactly what I needed. Phaedra Patrick’s characters are vibrant, quirky, and real, and you’ll be cheering for Martha as she discovers who she really is.” –Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go

I’m with local author, Amy Reichert!  This is a lovely little book to enjoy!