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The Little Shop of Found Things

Paula Brackston



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St Martins Press
02 October 2018
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Fantasy; Historical fiction; Cultural & Period Fantasy; Ghosts Fantasy
New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance to launch a new series guaranteed to enchant her audience even more.

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. So when she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.

It's while she's examining the chatelaine that she's transported back to the seventeenth century. And shortly after, she's confronted by a ghost who reveals that this is where the antique has its origins. The ghost tasks Xanthe with putting right the injustice in its story to save an innocent girl's life, or else it'll cost her Flora's.

While Xanthe fights to save her 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.

With its rich historical detail, strong mother-daughter relationship, and picturesque English village, The Little Shop of Found Things is poised to be a strong start to this new series.
By:   Paula Brackston
Imprint:   St Martins Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9781250072436
ISBN 10:   1250072433
Series:   Found Things
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   02 October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

PAULA BRACKSTON is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter, The Winter Witch, The Midnight Witch, The Silver Witch, and The Return of the Witch. She has a master's degree in creative writing from Lancaster University in the UK. She lives in Wales with her family.

Reviews for The Little Shop of Found Things

Enchanting --People Brackston wonderfully blends history with the time-travel elements and a touch of romance. This series debut is a page-turner that will no doubt leave readers eager for future series installments. --Publishers Weekly Fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander collection will delight in Brackston's new series and eagerly await its second installment. A bewitching tale of love across centuries. --Kirkus Reviews A solid, enjoyable read with a hint of magical time travel. --Booklist Brimming with charm and charisma... Fans of Outlander will rejoice! --Woman's World Magazine Ms. Brackston skillfully provides readers with a neat mystery-within-a-mystery, stuffed with historical details which place us in the scene, and a steady pace which keeps us reading. Xanthe is a winning, realistic heroine, with a promising future in a new series proposed by Ms. Brackston. Thumbs up for The Little Shop of Found Things! --Historical Novel Society Paula Brackston gives us a delicious escape to a vividly-imagined 17th century England. Sweet and haunting, The Little Shop of Found Things will remind readers of Daphne du Maurier with perhaps a hint of Nancy Drew. --Emily Croy Barker, author of The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic After staying up late finishing The Little Shop of Found Things, I had to write to tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! I found myself a little upset when it ended, because I definitely want to know what happens to Xanthe, and if she will make her way back to Samuel. As I was reading it, I could not wait to steal a few moments here and there to be able to read and immerse myself back in the story. How badly I felt for Alice, and silently begged her to just tell where the items were! I was surprised that I even found myself having empathy for Mistress Lovewell, even though she was very disagreeable! As a mother, I could imagine that I would have done anything to protect my family! I loved that she left the flashlight. I can not wait to recommend it to our adult readers at the store! --Kimberly Cake, Enchanted Passage bookstore (Sutton, MA) Paula Brackston is back with what's sure to be one of her most beloved titles yet! Xanthe has a special ability to 'feel' an item's history and the emotions attached to it from its previous owner. This gift brings Zanthe back in time to the 1600s where she meets the love of her life, Samuel. Separated by centuries, will they find their way back to each other? Here's hoping this new series will provide the answer. Highly recommended. --Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library (Lockport, NY) The Little Shop of Found Things is a delightful time-travel story with just the right amount of romance and mystery to be a truly engaging read. --Book Junkie Reviews blog What a wonderful start to this new series by Paula Brackston with a unique and interesting foundation to magic and time travel. --Carrie Book Reviews blog I recommend this book to readers of historical romance and readers who loved the Outlander series. --The Book Was Better blog An enjoyable escapist read. --Lit Loving Mom blog This is such a promising start to a new series. It's historical and mysterious and suspenseful and magical all at the same time. The author has a true gift for these kinds of stories. I can't wait for the next one! --Random Book Muses blog If you like magical realism, novels with time travel or are an Outlander fan I would recommend this novel for sure. --Book Gal blog

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