Sep 25, 2018

Book Review: The Little Shop of Found Things

New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance to launch a new series guaranteed to enchant her audience even more.

Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. So when she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.

It’s while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century. And shortly after, she's confronted by a ghost who reveals that this is where the antique has its origins. The ghost tasks Xanthe with putting right the injustice in its story to save an innocent girl’s life, or else it’ll cost her Flora’s.

While Xanthe fights to save her amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.

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I really wasn't quite sure what I was getting into when I started to read THE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS.  I have seen it compared to Outlander but with the exception of the time travel, I didn't really find them to be similar. I just didn't get the same depth of being immersed in the past.  Now that being said, I have to admit that I throughly enjoyed reading this book.

There were a couple things that gave THE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS gold stars.  I really enjoyed getting to know the characters.  Xanthe is a strong woman who would do anything to protect er mother including willingly going into the past to save another woman's daughter.  Not being really close to my own family, Xanthe's bond with her mother was something that I treasured about her character.  

All of the secondary characters are as well drawn as Xanthe.  Her mother Flora is a also a very strong women despite her disability.  I also really like Liam who happens to own the local garage for classic cars and really hope to get to know him better in the next book in this series,

Now while I don't feel immersed in 17th century England, I did feel that way about the small town that Xanthe and Flora had recently moved too.  The warmth of their new neighbors radiate from the pages and  make me want to head there on vacation.

I do think that my readers who enjoy time travel mixed with an interesting mystery will really enjoy this book.  This is the first book in the series and I am looking forward to the next part in this series.  There is some talk of violence and sex but nothing in your face so this book is safe for all ages.

***I received  this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and not influenced by the publisher or author. 


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