À soixante-dix-neuf ans, Anthony Peardew a passé la moitié de sa vie à collecter les objets perdus, dans l'espoir de réparer une promesse brisée. Réalisant que son temps est compté, le vieil homme, autrefois écrivain célébré, décide de léguer sa demeure victorienne et les "trésors" qu'elle recèle à sa fidèle assistante Laura, qu'il pense être la seule à même de restituer les objets à leurs propriétaires. En exprimant ses dernières volontés, il est loin de se douter de leurs répercussions et de l'heureuse suite de rencontres qu'elles vont provoquer...
Masha, une psychothérapeute anglaise d'une quarantaine d'années, ne s'est jamais pardonné la mort de son fils, survenue il a plus de douze ans. Depuis, elle semble s'être interdit d'être heureuse. En rencontrant successivement Kitty Muriel et Sally, deux septuagénaires excentriques ayant, comme elle, été confrontées à la perte et au deuil, Masha va réaliser qu'il est temps pour elle de tourner la page, et qu'il n'y a pas d'âge pour (re)commencer à vivre et à aimer.
From the bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes - a novel of mothers and daughters, families and secrets and the astonishing power of friendship. Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone's magnificent Paradise Hotel with its endearing and loving family of misfits - staff and guests alike. But Tilly's childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she'd ever loved to boarding school with little explanation and no warning. Now, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother's unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only friend is her dog, Eli. But when her mother dies, Tilda goes back to Brighton and with the help of her beloved Queenie sets about unravelling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel and discovers that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all ... Mothers and daughters ... their story can be complicated ... it can also turn out to have a happy ending. ***PRAISE FOR RUTH HOGAN*** 'Hogan's work is filled with hope and the power of friendship' Evening Standard 'Hogan writes welcoming prose that makes reading a joy' Stylist 'The Up-Lit Queen' Sunday Post ' One of the stars of up-lit' Radio Times
*WINNER OF RICHARD AND JUDY AUTUMN BOOK CLUB 2017 - 'One of the most charming novels either of us has read. Don't lose it. Keep it' Richard & Judy * *The perfect holiday read, recommended by thousands of readers* *One of the Mail on Sunday's 'Best books for the beach this summer'* Meet the 'Keeper of Lost Things'... Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura , the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the 'Keeper of Lost Things' have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters... 'The first book I read in 2017 - and if another as good comes along in the next 12 months, I'll eat my special gold reviewing spectacles' Daily Mail This book has been published with two different covers and may be delivered with either a blue or a yellow cover. Please rest assured that regardless of the cover, the content of the book is the same. And if you loved The Keeper of Lost Things , don't miss Ruth Hogan's second novel The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes , which is out now