Published by St. Martin's Press on October 2nd 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
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A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure, reminiscent of Outlander
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.
With its rich historical detail, strong mother-daughter relationship, and picturesque English village, The Little Shop of Found Things is poised to be a strong start to this new series.
The Little Shop of Found Things was one of my most anticipated reads for 2018, and I was just thrilled to be able to read it and share my thoughts on it.
Flora and her daughter have packed up moved to a small town of Marlborough. This move was a fresh start for both Flora and Xanthe from the men in their lives. Flora has her divorce going on and Xanthe has boyfriend issues and this seemed like the perfect way for both of them to begin again. Malborough is a town where everyone know each other, and you’d think that it would be hard moving somewhere like this and not knowing anyone or much about the town itself. But towns people so welcoming, it’s just the way people are in the little towns. During an auction in town, she was mesmerized by one antique in particular, little did she know that antique would bring into her life. Or who?
Xanthe has a special ability, psychometric. She can tell an antique’s past just by touching it, which is what drew me to this book, it is quite fascinating. The antique she wanted so badly sent her back in time, to 1605 to be exact. Her ability to see items past has never done thing before, so the question was why this time? What was so special about this treasured antique?
The cast of characters were just as intriguing as Xanthe. Flora and her daughter Xanthe had such a wonderful mother/daughter bond too. And both of these were strong women in so many ways. Leaving you home for a new one has it’s ups and downs, but Flora and Xanthe were certainly up to the challenge. They met a couple of townspeople who played into their story as the story progressed. But, of course you have to have the pain in the butt, arrogant man who doesn’t believe that their store will make it and was quite snooty about it and sometimes I wanted to smack his pompous ass.
There are some characters from the era Xanthe was transported back too, were such a great addition to everything. I wanted so badly for Xanthe to be able to stay, but I also know she couldn’t. Her time there was do one thing and one thing only, save the girl who knew about from an unlikely source. A ghost, and a persistent one at that.
Brackston created such a beautiful town, the townspeople were great, especially Liam. He was kind to Flora and Xanthe. My favorite was when Xanthe was in the 17th century. It was so well described, even the little things, the building and people, their way of life and the way they saw things. Completely fascinating and engrossing. The ending left things open for the next installment and I will be anxiously wait it for that one too.
The Little Shop of Found things was filled with love, family, friends and a slow burning romance, even if it is only for a short time. The magical aspect was something I enjoyed as well, from the ley lines to xanthe’s ability. It was so easily to get swept in it all. And reading that last page, I still wanted more. I do hope I didn’t spoil anything, but it was such a enchanting read. Come on next installment…