Review: The Little Shop of Found Things

The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Xanthe has a special gift; she hears certain objects singing. What does this mean? It means that she can hear and feel the stories of the object's owner. Xanthe and her mother are starting a new life as owners of an antique shop. There is much to do before the grand opening and getting some antiques at a local auction is one of them. While browsing the items that will be auctioned, Xanthe hears an object singing; it a chatelaine. She must have it, even if it means that it will deplete their bank account.

The chatelaine comes with a very determined ghost. Xanthe soon finds herself forced to help a young maid in the 17th century accused of stealing pieces of the chatelaine which was owned by her employer. How can Xanthe help someone from the past? By going back in time. But time she does not have much of. To succeed in freeing Alice, she will need to act quickly. How will she do it? Who can help her along the way?

The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston is a light and lovely read. I love the language of the period and to read about how people lived in those times. The writing is beautiful and well-structured. The characters are well developed. This is the first book in this new series.

I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this beautifully written ARC. The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston will be available at your favourite bookstore on October 2, 2018.

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