Monday, April 8, 2019

The Library of Lost and Found By: Phaedra Patrick

The Library Of Lost And Found
Author: Phaedra Patrick
Publisher: Park Row
Published: March 2019
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Rating: 3.5/5
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.

First, I want to give a huge thanks to TLC Book Tours for having me be a part of their tour and for sending me this book for a review! Honestly when it comes to libraries, books and the written word, I'm all for it! This definitely wasn't my ultimate favourite book I've read, but I really did enjoy the story-line and characters within the book!

At the beginning, I found myself having a bit of hard time getting into the book. I think part of it is the fact that Martha is older than I am, and it does go back in time a little bit, so you get more of an understanding of Martha, her family and lifestyle. Personally, once I got past the first 60 or so pages, I found it to pick up and the journey that Martha goes on was honestly incredible.

When you're reading her story, you get an understanding of how Martha and her mother really relate to one another, and I was feeling pretty sad and pissed off, because the way that others were treating the two was so infuriating, especially her father. Every time that you would read back to when Martha was a child, I couldn't help but want to throw my book across the room when her father was trying to have total control over everyone's life. Like take the stick out of where the sun doesn't shine and let your children and wife LIVE!
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In the story, there are a few characters who both help bring Martha up and tear her down. When it comes to Owen and Martha, I really wish that there was a little more between them. You can tell that he likes her, and all of the things he does for her and I wish that something more happened between the two.

When I was getting closer to the end (and although I totally should have caught on earlier) there are a few twists that happen and come out, but turn out to be eye opening and help bring the novel together. Personally for me, I felt like the characters didn't fully have enough depth in them, like a portion was skimmed over each character in some way. You get to know why all of these people are important in some way to Martha, yet at the same time, they just lacked...something!

As the story progresses, you see Martha grow into an independent woman who is still trying to find herself and her true interests, even when she doesn't entirely know what her life is like anymore. When she finally stands up for herself, I was cheering her on, and couldn't be happier that she wasn't letting people walk all over her!

Overall, this was a good book. There were some great moments, especially when Martha is trying to uncover the history of her grandmother Zelda, and what truly happened all those years ago. It was like an adventure within an adventure! For me, I felt like there wasn't enough "Flavour" I guess you could call it. There wasn't that specific thing to make the novel stand out completely for it to be a five star rating.

That's all for my review today, I hope you enjoyed it, and honestly go give it a read and tell me your thoughts!

So until the next time, Keep Reading!

Your Graduated Bookworm!! :)

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