The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston

November 28, 2018
The Little Shop of Found Things Book Cover The Little Shop of Found Things
Paula Brackston
St. Martin's Press
October 16, 2018

New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance guaranteed to enchant in The Little Shop of Found Things, the first book in a new continuing series.

An antique shop haunted by a ghost.
A silver treasure with an injustice in its story.
An adventure to the past she’ll never forget.

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. When she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.

It is while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century where it has its origins. She discovers there is an injustice in its history. The spirit that inhabits her new home confronts her and charges her with saving her daughter’s life, threatening to take Flora’s if she fails.

While Xanthe fights to save the girl 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.

The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston

Review by Dawn Thomas

320 Pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: October 16, 2018

Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Magic, Time Travel

Xanthe and her mother, Flora, are starting over. Flora suffers from a severe case of arthritis but is relocating and opening an antique store after her divorce. Funds are tight so the two women work together to get the shop ready. At an estate auction, Xanthe sees a chatelaine, a metal belt worn by the lady of the house during the 18th century. The item calls to Xanthe and she must have it. She spends more than their budget can spare but Flora understands the connection between Xanthe and the chatelaine.

Xanthe does not know at the time how owning the chatelaine will change her life. When they return to their new home, Xanthe meets the ghost of Mistress Merton. She threatens Xanthe and Flora unless Xanthe agrees to save Mistress Merton’s daughter, Alice. The problem is Alice does not live in this century. Xanthe must find a way to travel back into the past. She knows the key lies with the chatelaine.

The book is written in third person and revolves around Xanthe. The characters are well developed and historical references make the story feel more authentic. I have enjoyed other books by this author and look forward to reading more about Xanthe’s adventures. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical or time travel stories.

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