The Little Shop of Found Things

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 10 Oct 2019

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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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I absolutely loved the premise of this story: that a person can have an emotional or physical connection to inanimate objects or places. Xanthe realizes this affinity as a child as she learns the history and provenance of antiques that her mother sells. After relocating to an English village, Xanthe feels a connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she finds at an auction. As she learns more about it, and the village in which she lives, she discovers the chatelaine is connected to a spirit that inhabits her home and who wants Xanthe to save her daughter in the 17th century. Xanthe learns she can travel in time and finds herself in 1605, trying to save a young maid from death.

She meets architect Samuel Appleby who helps Xanthe in her quest. But, can Xanthe leave Samuel behind?

I adore quaint English villages with their quirky residents. I enjoy stories with elements of magical realism that mix in with the everyday. I love a story that compels me to continue reading and The Little Shop of Found Things did just that. It was a little haunting with some suspenseful moments and it was charming and romantic in others. I found the juxtaposition of Xanthe traveling to and from 2018 to 1605 fascinating. 

The descriptions were quite detailed and I found myself skimming some passages, but the story flowed well and kept me engaged. This is first in a series and I'm looking forward to more.
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This is part supernatural, part historical and part romance. I found it started really slow and nearly gave up at one point. It does pick up after a while and I think the second half is much better especially the romance angle with Samuel. It has quite a lot of high ratings on Goodreads so I think I'm in the minority in struggling with it. 

There's a lot of attention paid to both eras and it's definitely lovingly written. I love Wiltshire and enjoyed it come to life in the modern day parts of the story. One thing I did like was the portrayal of Xanthe's mum and her arthritis. My mum has severe arthritis and I could really identify with both mum and daughter here. 

Overall it wasn't a bad book but one I struggled with and probably won't read any more in the series.
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Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston.

After a rough divorce, Flora, and her daughter Xanthe move to London for a fresh start, opening an antiques shop in an older part of London,  But Xanthe has a trick up her sleeve, the ability to make connections to previous owners of the antique, simply by touching it.  But what has always been a power that has brought connection and joy, has turned into one of fear, when she is recruited by a woman who is haunting the house to travel back in time to save her daughter.  Should Xanthe refuse, her mother's life could be at stake.

The best way I can describe this book is completely fine.  It's got an interesting enough story, it's got romance, the time travel aspect and history are interesting.  But it was still just fine.  I never found myself on the edge of my seat.  Perhaps it was just a bit too long?
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I always enjoy Paula Brackston books. They are a charming escape from the chaos of modern life for the characters and the reader. I did not love this one quite as much as her past books more focused on witches than time travel, but it was still enjoyable. I will definitely be continuing with the series.
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Really loved this story and I am looking forward to the 2nd book in the series.  I would put this in the paranormal romance - literary fiction categories  I like time travel stories and this one did not disappoint.
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Another disappointing read.  I thought I would really enjoy the story line, but the plot was so slow and just full of details that were not necessary.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.  I feel bad that I cannot provide any more positive feedback.
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What a great find this book was! A little mystery, a little adventure, a little romance! I really enjoyed my time with these characters and didn't want it to end - the sign of a fantastic story!
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I don't usually read "time travel" books but I'd heard so many great things about this book that I decided to give it a try.  The story started kind of slow and I began to question my decision but when Xanthe makes her first journey to the past, I was hooked.  The idea for the book was pretty clever.  I love antique stores and I'm always intrigued by the history of particular objects.  In all of my visits to antique stores, I had never heard of a chatelaine and had to google it to get an idea of what it looked like.  The chatelaine is fascinating and beautiful.  The story is part mystery, part historical fiction, and part love story.  I really loved the connection between Xanthe and Samuel and the romanticism of love spanning centuries.  I really hope Xanthe visits Samuel again in future installments.
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A must read for fans of historical fiction, real life drama, and time travel. I love books that look at antiques and the way they bridge our present and the past. This book's inclusion of an historic love interest and the conflict it causes for the present day heroine grabs the attention of the reader and doesn't let go till the very end. While The Little Shop of Found Things may be a bit of an easy read for some, it has enough depth to provide a good bit of literary fun for all.
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Thank you NetGalley and Publisher for this early copy,

It was a magical and well-written start to the series.
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I enjoyed this novel and the magic it brought along with the suspense. Im always a fan of magical realism, and I enjoyed the journey the book took me on. While this wasn't a fast paced book I did find myself caring about the characters and wanting to continue reading in order to find out what happens next. 

Xanthe and her mother, Flora have an antique shop in Marlborough. Xanthe has a special gift of being able to touch an antique object and experience a sense of the past and the story the antique holds. One day she feels a connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine and knows she must purchase it and find out more. What she discovers is that the chatelaine has a dark and twisted past that resulted in a young woman's death. To make matters worse, the ghost of the mother of the young woman comes to Xanthe and implores her to change the past, using the chatelaine to send Xanthe back to the 17th century. 

This novel is slow to start, but if the premise and the themes appeal to you, I encourage you to give this booka chance.
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I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I finally got around to reading this, and after about 50 pages, I was hooked. I loved the time travel, the mystery, and the romance aspect of it. The characters were great and I wonder what’s next for the characters. 
Xanthe has a few character traits that I found slightly irritating. One, was her refusal to share the details with anyone... just trust someone already. Two, you’re not dead, don’t let a ghost take advantage of you that way, just threaten to leave. 
Other than that, I really enjoyed it and I’m excited to read the next installment when it’s released.
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Having recently finished “The Little Shop of Found Things” by Paula Brackston , I am happy to have had the chance for the preview; thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press! 

I really enjoyed the story line of time travel. The co-owner of an antique shop has the ability to glimpse the past of certain objects that "sing to her" and is able to travel back in time to help solve dramas and mysteries related to the specific item. This story kept my interest and I am looking forward to the next book in this series, Secrets of the Chocolate House!
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