Xanthe has a special gift. When she touches antiques she can sense
something from the items past. So, when Xanthe is at an auction and
sees an old chatelaine she feels the tingle of connection. She must
have it and learn of its story. Little does she know, there's a link
between the chatelaine and the new store she and her mother have just
bought. Nor does she know that a ghost will forever change her life.
I've previously read two of Paula Brackston's books, and to be honest,
have had mixed experiences. However, I was charmed by the blurb and
the cover and decided that I wanted to read this book and see if it
would work out for me. And, I have to say that it's a book that I can see
why others would love, but ultimately it wasn't for me. Personally, I had
a hard time connecting with the story and its characters. I did enjoy the
early scene when we learn about how Xanthe's mother discovered her
daughter's gift. But, along the way, I felt the narrative didn't work
completely for me and I often wanted to rush through the story along to
get somewhere. What I found most interesting was actually the
religious conflicts during the seventeenth century and how it worked its
way into the story.
THE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND
THINGS is a book that will appeal to lovers of time-slips, doomed
love stories, and magic. If you already love Paula Brackston's books,
then this one will certainly appeal to you. This is the first book in a new
series and I know there's an audience for it.
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.
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
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 this first book in a new continuing series.