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The Library of Lost and Found Book Review 

This was the first book that I’ve read in a while that made it difficult to complete my daily tasks because I just didn’t want to put it down. I love Phaedra Patrick’s writing style. She does a great job of creating vivid images of the characters and setting without overdoing it with the descriptions.

The book is about a librarian named Martha Storm who lives alone. I related to Martha so much as she is introverted but tries her best to make other people happy. Martha takes it quite a bit further than I would, however, taking on a lot of favors for the people in her neighborhood when they don’t seem to appreciate her at all.

One day Martha is given a self-published book of fairy tales from Owen, a local bookstore owner. The book has a mysterious note inside from her best friend. The strange thing is that the note is dated 3 years after her friend supposedly died. Martha works with Owen to track down more information about the book in an attempt to get to the bottom of what really happened.

The story kept me on the edge of my seat as Martha worked to uncover the mystery of this book. She begins to find out more and more about her family’s past, the deeper she goes down the rabbit hole.

There are flashbacks throughout the story to when Martha was a child and it was really interesting to see how that childhood created the person that she is today. We see her mother creating a list of things she had to do that day so she could check them off and feel accomplished. This is something we saw Martha do in the first chapter. This made me think about how many of my own habits are really mine or simply things that I picked up from someone else a long time ago.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Martha and learning more about her family history. I liked seeing her go from someone who was kind of a pushover because she needed everyone to like her, to someone who learned her own worth and stood up for herself when people tried to take advantage of her kindness.

The main message that I got from this book was that you can’t truly be happy until you give up the idea of having a better past. Martha wonders how her life would have been different if she had made other choices when she was younger. Maybe she would be married now with a family. The truth is that carrying a torch for what might have been will bring nothing but pain. It isn’t until we can appreciate what we have in the present that we can fully take charge of our lives and see the years ahead of us for the gift that it is.

This article was originally published on Medium

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