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The Little Shop of Found Things

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I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. There is a lot going on here: time travel, ghosts, and romance, plus all of the modern-day struggles on top of that. There were some interesting parts and other times when I didn't want to keep reading. For a long time I thought this book would be two stars for me, but it ended up being OK enough to be three. That said, it was an odd one, and I'm not really sure how to feel about it.
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I absolutely loved this book and will highly and frequently recommend it to my customers! Thank you, NetGalley, for the advance copy!
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This sounded like the perfect book for me, however I'm not sure if I read it at the wrong time as I didn't feel connected to the story or the characters throughout the book. This book could be perfect for other people, unfortunately it wasn't the book for me.
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Absolutely fell in love with this series and I'm totally hooked!! What a great story!! I'm loving this main character and her mom. Hands down my new favorite series!!! Get it now!!
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First line: It is a commonly held belief that the most likely place to find a ghost is beneath a shadowy moon, among the ruins of a castle, or perhaps in an abandoned house where the living have fled leaving only spirits to drift from room to room.

Summary: Xanthe and her mother move to a small town in the English countryside with the plans of opening an antique shop. Using their knowledge of antiques and Xanthe’s unique skill of hearing and learning the history of special pieces, they believe this is the change they need. But when Xanthe accidentally falls back in time with her newest acquisition she finds that there is more to this new place and her gift then she originally thought.

My Thoughts: This book has so much promise. I have enjoyed Brackston’s books about witches. They had lots of history and were very well written. Almost more literary. This one seemed more like fluff. There was not much to characters but at the same time there was SO MUCH about the characters. They each had something that put them in a certain group or gave them a gift. And the story was so basic but I could not find myself caring about anyone. I almost knew what was going to happen before it happened. I was really bummed about this book.

FYI: First in a series.
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I LOVE THIS BOOK! Okay, I've never read a Paula Brackston book that I didn't love, but I especially loved this one. Historical time travel is one of my absolute top genres. That it is first in a series fills me with serious glee. From time travel to the antiques, mother/daughter relationship, and village life, I loved it all.
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The Little Shop of Found Things should have been a home run for me and it grieves me it just didn’t work for me. I’m all in for witchy fiction, suspending belief, time travel.  There was a distinct disconnect over the book I chose and the book I was reading. Somewhere I missed the part about a very menacing character in the book. This comes up as read alikes with some of my favorite feel good, cosy, uplift books. My experience certainly didn’t match this. Also, similar to some other readers the writing was a bit repetitive and sometimes heavy handed.  I did enjoy very much the use of location as a distinct character, very atmospheric.  I loved that aspect. I’ll definitely try another book from Paula Brackston.
I received an advanced reader copy (eGalley) from St. Martins’s Press through NetGalley. This review reflects my honest and unbiased opinions.
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I'm so sad that it took me so long to read this book because what a treat it was. This book promised romance and a bit of magic and boy did it deliver.
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An interesting time-travel novel. A bit of a love story, as well, but not too much. Intriguing characters and storyline - worth the read!
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It took me awhile to get into the book, but once I got halfway through the book, I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read the next one. I loved the relationship between Xanthe and Flora, her mother. I also really like the idea of antiques "singing" to Xanthe. I look forward to continuing the series.
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Great read for historical fiction/time travel fans.  The characters are incredibly likable (or unlikeable as the case may be) and the plot never stops.

I was rooting for Xanthe and her mother from the beginning and loved her magical ability because I have never read about that particular kind of magic before.  Plus, picturing all of the antiques in the shop and how they would be cared for was a lot of fun.

For me this felt like a cross between Outlander and Downton Abbey, so needless to say, I was in love.  Can't wait to read book two.
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I think my issue with this book is that it was meh. I just... didn’t love it. It’s not like anything was bad about it but I didn’t connect with the story line and it was hard to get into.
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"The Little Shop of Found Things" is a surprising book. I definitely enjoyed the time travel aspect, especially as I wasn't quite sure what I was in for at first. Unfortunately, I did find some of the story to be a bit cliche but it's an overall enjoyable story.
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The cover of this book is gorgeous. At first, I thought it would be more about a shop but instead, it was about time travel. Xanthe, the main character comes in possession of a chatelaine which leads her on a time travel journey to the 17th century to help bring justice to a young maid. She works on help the young girl with the help of characters in the 17th century and those in her current day. This was an enjoyable book and I look forward to reading book 2.
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I loved this book and how it blended magic and reality and did it so beautifully. The main character was one that I didn't really mesh well with in the beginning but as the story went on I couldn't help feel attached to. It was a beautiful book and I will recommend it to patrons with tastes fit.
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Wow, I absolutely loved reading these stories! From the very beginning I was flipping pages so quickly it was hard for my kindle to keep up. I loved how the main character, Xanthe, was able to see the history of an object by it ‘singing’ to her and the time traveling was a blast. Many people struggle going back and forth through different time periods but I had absolutely no difficulty going through the different time periods and know it would be easy for anyone to be enthralled without that difficulty. These stories both were just absolutely magical and a treasure that any book lover would love to get their hands on! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a great page turner! I can’t wait to read the next book to come out in 2020!
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This is a romantic tale of love that is kindled in the past and left to burn in the present reminiscent of Outlander. It is about time travel and redemption.

Xanthe opens up an antique shop with her mother who is burdened with chronic pain. Xanthe is a beautiful girl with a unique ability to feel emotional ties to objects but is unaware of a ghost who wants Xanthe's help to save her daughter from a certain fate that will require travelling back in time. The catalyst is a beautiful chatelaine brooch that Xanthe bids for in an auction and will be the portal to the early 1600s.
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I have been a Paula Brackston fan since reading The Witch's Daughter. The Little Shop of Found Things is the magical beginning to a new series and I can't wait to read the second book!
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I love a time slip, and this one is fantastic. The characters are easy to root for, and I loved the story.
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Xanthe has seen her share of misfortune but when she and her ailing mother decide to purchase an antique shop together things get a little strange. After a purchase "calls out" to Xanthe she finds herself in a different place literally. If Xanthe doesn't change the circumstances or date of one young girl it could be disaster for her mother. I enjoyed tagging along on Xanthe's adventure and greatly hope she will continue her time travel through objects in future books.
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