Martha Storm works in an unpaid position at the local library. Her funds are running short, but each time she applies for a paid position, it is given instead to a younger person. Martha spent the last decades caring for her aging parents, since their deaths she fills her days doing a variety of tasks for others; from mending her nephew’s pants to washing clothes for a library patron whose washing machine is broken. She keeps lists of all the tasks to finish for others. So much of her time is devoted to those tasks that she doesn’t have the leisure to sit and indulge in the reading she loves. Things start to change when a package is left for her at the library door; a package with a book of fairy tales written by her grandmother Zelda and inscribed to her. The book was inscribed years after her grandmother’s death when Martha was just a teenager. Determined to discover the truth, Martha begins asking questions that will change her life in many ways.— Deon Stonehouse
"Sweet and resonant." --People, "Best New Books" Pick
"A heartwarming and tender tale of growth and redemption.... Curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and a biscuit and be entranced by this delightful story." --Library Journal, starred review
A librarian's discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the international bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people--though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she's invisible. All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend--her grandmother Zelda--who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda's past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever. Filled with Phaedra Patrick's signature charm and vivid characters, The Library of Lost and Found is a heartwarming and poignant tale of how one woman must take control of her destiny to write her own happy ending.