Review The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston – An antique shop haunted by a ghost. A silver treasure with an injustice in its story. An adventure to the past she’ll never forget. Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. When she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.
It is while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century where it has its origins. She discovers there is an injustice in its history. The spirit that inhabits her new home confronts her and charges her with saving her daughter’s life, threatening to take Flora’s if she fails.
While Xanthe fights to save the girl amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.
Actually, I am very sorry, I just found The Little Shop of Found Things, I should have read it earlier. Whatever it is, first I will say thank you to NetGalley who has given a copy. Also, to Paula Brackston and St. Martin’s Press.
Flora and Xanthe are strong female characters in this story. They immediately moved to a small town called Marlborough to manage an antique shop. In the first part, the writer reveals the reason these two figures moved because of their life problems. Xanthe is said to be having problems with her boyfriend and Flora is divorced.
I think maybe Marlborough is not the right city to run or recover their feelings. Because it’s a small city, everyone will know them quickly. But it turns out it’s a nice little town, friendly people and of course there are less good characters.
One time they went to the auction center in the city. Xanthe was fascinated by a very beautiful silver chatelaine. That’s when her psychometric abilities began. She knows she will go into a life or maybe she knows who she will meet.
The psychometric power that makes Xanthe can tell all the past all the antique objects it touches. The silver chatelaine brought Xanthe to 1605. It was Xanthe’s first experience, so surely that was the reason for this story.
The relationship between Xanthe and Flora is described as very strong and beautiful. They are like having an endless power. When Xanthe was brought back to the seventeenth century after touching the silver chatelaine, that phase became an interesting story. She is faced with a ghost who reveals a mystery. The mission is to save the life of a girl who is actually innocent. And if it’s not caught, the bet is the life of Flora. Then Xanthe meeting with Samuel Appleby also appeared an architect who might help her. Of course, there are ups and downs in this story. There are also some characters as city dwellers who irritate. And this will make the reader sometimes restless, anxious or angry.
I am happy with the way the author describes the city of Marlborough. It’s a beautiful city with charming city dwellers. The way to describe characters, city buildings, other places, and everything are very beautiful. I am curious to wait for the next series.
The complete The Little Shop of Found Things is a story about love stories, human relationships, family and friendship. The magical side of the story is easy to enjoy and very entertaining. Reading this story until the final page will obviously make us find the true meaning.
The story of love and magic that brings us to the journey of time.