The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
Review by Dawn Thomas
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 The characters are well developed and historical references make the story feel more authentic.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.