The Keeper of Lost Things

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ruth Hogan
Narrator: Sandra Duncan , Jane Collingwood
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: February 2017
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 35 minutes
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A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.

Reviews (4)


Written by Vicki K. on March 17th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this book! The characters are well-developed and likeable - I especially enjoyed Sunshine. A very satisfying read!


Written by Carrie K. on August 21st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this story. It develops and then spirals, and I found myself enjoying wondering what the next discovery would be on all levels. The narrators were excellent.


Written by April G. on February 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderfully intriguing! I loved it!

Written by Zoe L on January 24th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The Keeper of Lost Things is as well written as it is predictable. It boggles my mind that the author would ruin such a remarkably original premise with such a bland ending. The puzzle pieces fit together in such an obvious and lazy way. Ugh. Waste of a credit.

Author Details

Author Details

Hogan, Ruth

Ruth Hogan describes herself as a "rapacious reader, writer, and incorrigible magpie" whose own love of small treasures and curiosities and the people around her inspired her first novel. She lives north of London.