The Little Shop of Found Things (The Little Shop of Found Things #1)
A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure, reminiscent of OutlanderNew 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.

The Little Shop of Found Things (The Little Shop of Found Things #1) Details

TitleThe Little Shop of Found Things (The Little Shop of Found Things #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 16th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250072436
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Fiction

The Little Shop of Found Things (The Little Shop of Found Things #1) Review

  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    The Little Shop of Found Things is the beginning of a new series involving time travel and antiques. Xanthe and her mother, Flora have an antique shop in Marlborough. Xanthe has a special gift of being able to touch an antique object and experience a sense of the past and the story the antique holds. One day she feels a connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine and knows she must purchase it and find out more. While she is examining her new find, she is transported back to the seventeenth cent The Little Shop of Found Things is the beginning of a new series involving time travel and antiques. Xanthe and her mother, Flora have an antique shop in Marlborough. Xanthe has a special gift of being able to touch an antique object and experience a sense of the past and the story the antique holds. One day she feels a connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine and knows she must purchase it and find out more. While she is examining her new find, she is transported back to the seventeenth century and after is confronted by a ghost who informs her that the chatelaine is a link to that time and that Xanthe must help her right an injustice or else Flora's life will be in danger.This book started very slowly for me. I struggled with this. I found that I did not feel any connection to the main character. I decided to carry on and was intrigued by Alice's story and wanted to know if Xanthe would be able to complete her task. What I did enjoy about this book, besides the beautiful cover, was the emerging romance between Samuel and Xanthe. I found I enjoyed the scenes with Samuel in the most. For me, the last third of the book was the most enjoyable. There are many high ratings for this book, so this book obviously works for many readers. This goes to show that not all of us will love the same book. What works for one reader will not work for another. I had a real problem with connecting with this book. The premise was interesting to me and I was surprised when I found myself struggling with this book. One part of the book that I did not struggle with was the beginning romance. The romance part was intriguing and reminded me a little of the "Outlander" book series only in that a woman living in the modern age goes back in time and finds romance. My advice would be to read all the reviews and decide for yourself. Many are loving this. This book has mystery, romance, some history and magic. Many things that will appeal to many readers. Sadly, this just wasn't for me.Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.Read more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    It was the cover that drew me to this book. When I saw it, it was a magical experience for me. I found myself for the first time on a long time just staring at the cover mesmerized. One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to try and find a "cute little town" and go antiquing followed by lunch of course at an equally quaint restaurant or pub. So I found myself transfixed by this cover wishing that I could be transported to the Antique shop in the quaint town and get to go inside to see It was the cover that drew me to this book. When I saw it, it was a magical experience for me. I found myself for the first time on a long time just staring at the cover mesmerized. One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to try and find a "cute little town" and go antiquing followed by lunch of course at an equally quaint restaurant or pub. So I found myself transfixed by this cover wishing that I could be transported to the Antique shop in the quaint town and get to go inside to see what treasures are for sale in the Little Shop of Found Things, One of the few times where I cursory glanced at the description of the book. I was sure that I was going to like this book from it's cover.Well, I was right! Paula Brackston's, Little Shop of Found Things found me and I, in turn, found the start of a new series to read that are full of history, adventure, romance, mystery and a little magic all thrown in one.Xanthe and her mother embark on a new chapter in their lives as they decide to open a quaint little antique shop in Marlborough, England.As we find out quickly, Xanthe is able to tell the past of any item that she touches. What better gift to possess of you want to own an antique shop. As she and her mother trek to find items for the shop, Xanthe immediately feels a strong connection to an antique chatelaine from the 17th century.Author Paula Brackston takes the reader on Xanthes "race against time" adventure/mystery with lightening speed. Her attention to all the details as Xanthe travels between current day and 17th century England are remarkable.and it is also what makes you have and "on the edge of your seat" feel when you read it.Whether you fall in love with the cover like I did or read the description, The Little Shop of Found Things, is worth the adventure. I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. #NetGalley #LittleShopofFoundThings
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Xanthe and her mother Flora’s arrival at the small village of Marlborough was a new start for them both. The past was not worth thinking about for either of them, although unfortunately it was still present. When Flora had discovered the old antique shop, which had been unoccupied since the previous owner’s death, she was excited. Flora’s love of antiques, along with Xanthe’s affinity to some of the pieces meant the opening of the shop was a perfect solution. Plus, the residence which was above Xanthe and her mother Flora’s arrival at the small village of Marlborough was a new start for them both. The past was not worth thinking about for either of them, although unfortunately it was still present. When Flora had discovered the old antique shop, which had been unoccupied since the previous owner’s death, she was excited. Flora’s love of antiques, along with Xanthe’s affinity to some of the pieces meant the opening of the shop was a perfect solution. Plus, the residence which was above the shop saved them much needed funds.The sale of antiques at the old Manor house would be the start of an adventure that Xanthe could well have done without. The beautiful silver chatelaine she purchased at the auction vibrated with messages – it was a Victorian relic, reminiscent of pieces dating back to the 1600s. The shock when she was thrust through time to 1605 was immense – the immediate need to save the life of a young girl something she couldn’t ignore. But it was the malevolent presence of the ghost in Xanthe and Flora’s new home that made her fearful…Could Xanthe save a young girl’s life three centuries before Xanthe was born? She didn’t know – but also knew she had to try, or she could well lose her mother…The Little Shop of Found Things is the first in a new series by Paula Brackston and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Racing against time – literally – meant the pace was electric for Xanthe (and me!) It was a magical read set in a small English village, steeped in historical details (when we were back in the 1600s) and it also looked at the closeness and love between a mother and daughter. A wonderful read which I highly recommend and I'm already looking forward to #2.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Angela M
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve decided not to finish this one . I read to 40% and it’s quite slow and I’m just not captivated. Onwards ! Another book is inthe wings.
  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston from NetGalley for my honest review.Xanthe Westgate has a connection to objects. The objects sing to her and provide her with images and stories from the people who originally owned them. Xanthe moved to Marlbrough with her mom, Flora, to open an antique shop. There, she experiences her biggest connection ever with a specific object. She is trying to uncover it's secrets. In doing this she is going back and forth from t I received a free copy of The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston from NetGalley for my honest review.Xanthe Westgate has a connection to objects. The objects sing to her and provide her with images and stories from the people who originally owned them. Xanthe moved to Marlbrough with her mom, Flora, to open an antique shop. There, she experiences her biggest connection ever with a specific object. She is trying to uncover it's secrets. In doing this she is going back and forth from the 17th century to the present. The characters in this book are so vividly written and you find yourself growing a connection with them. Her writing reminded me a lot of Alice Hoffman's with her magical context. I really enjoyed the historical aspects of this book as well.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston is the first book in the new series by the same name. This one is a time traveling fantasy read with a touch of paranormal and mixed with romance and mystery along the way.Ever since Xanthe was a little girl she has had the unique ability of objects “talking” to her and telling her their story when she touches them. She and her mother, Flora, are just opening up a new antique shop when the two attend an auction when Xanthe finds a beautiful 17th The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston is the first book in the new series by the same name. This one is a time traveling fantasy read with a touch of paranormal and mixed with romance and mystery along the way.Ever since Xanthe was a little girl she has had the unique ability of objects “talking” to her and telling her their story when she touches them. She and her mother, Flora, are just opening up a new antique shop when the two attend an auction when Xanthe finds a beautiful 17th century silver chatelaine that speaks to her and she knows she must purchase.However, for the first time ever Xanthe gets more than the objects usual story when she touches and studies the chatelaine. Instead Xanthe finds herself transported to the past and to the girl the object has held onto. Returning to the future Xanthe meets the ghost of the mother of the girl who begs Xanthe to go back and help Alice who has been accused of theft and locked up in which the sentence will mean death.What a wonderful start to this new series by Paula Brackston with a unique and interesting foundation to magic and time travel. With so many different elements thrown into the story I knew that this one should be one I’d enjoy so I was happy that it easily grabbed my attention right off. The author did a wonderful job giving a unique touch on the different times in the book to make them feel authentic and plenty of content to keep the story moving forward at a decent pace throughout. I’ll definitely be looking forward to seeing where Xanthe will end up in book two when she finds another object.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Erin Clemence
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.“The Little Shop of Found Things” by Paula Brackston falls into the genre, which I am now identifying as, ‘time travel fiction’. Xanthe and her mother, Flora, are keen to start a new life after acquiring a small, antiques shop in an equally small U.K town. Xanthe has always felt an attachment to antiques, sometimes feeling so strong a physical attachment that she is able to Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.“The Little Shop of Found Things” by Paula Brackston falls into the genre, which I am now identifying as, ‘time travel fiction’. Xanthe and her mother, Flora, are keen to start a new life after acquiring a small, antiques shop in an equally small U.K town. Xanthe has always felt an attachment to antiques, sometimes feeling so strong a physical attachment that she is able to identify the object’s previous owners and their journey. When she comes across a similar object in the pile of leftovers from the shop’s previous owner, Xanthe is soon pulled on a mission across time to help solve the mystery attached to the object. The pressure is on Xanthe to stop the murder of young Alice, as Alice’s mother is now a lost ghost, stuck in limbo and threatening to harm Flora unless Xanthe can release her daughter from harm’s way. A young woman, with the help of an object, travels through centuries and is soon embroiled in the challenges of a life before electricity and the other modern pleasures of our time where, of course, she meets a man from that time and forms a relationship with him. An abundance of similarities to Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” can be drawn, and in fact as an avid fan of those novels, I had a hard time separating Xanthe from Claire, and Samuel from Jamie in a lot of spots. However, that being said, the novel is magical and charming. Told from the perspective of Xanthe, the eclectic young woman with a special talent, the story is well-developed and the setting of the novel is quaint and comforting. There are few characters in this novel, which makes the plot easy to follow, and they are all likable (with one exception being Mrs. Lovewell perhaps). I was a little confused by the ghost character of Margaret Merton. I understand her role in the story (she is necessary to give Xanthe the motivation to continue her time traveling quest) but for her to be so brash and abrasive was unnecessary. As Xanthe, I would’ve simply told her where to go and that would be that- ghost or no. No one ever questions Xanthe when she shows up at random times of the day, in various stages of dress, and demands odd things. Perhaps I am more cynical and skeptical, but I would not be so willing to comply with the bizarre requests from a woman whom I had just met. I guess that’s the joy of small towns and budding romances. Overall, this novel was an endearing read, with a time travel element that allows it to be both women’s fiction, and historical fiction. It was well written and easy to follow. Fans of Outlander will definitely enjoy “Little Shop”, as will anyone looking for a quaint, easy read. Previously unfamiliar with Brackston’s work, I may check out her other novels to see what they have to offer.
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    After leaving London for a fresh start, Xanthe runs an antique store in Marlborough with her mother, Flora. Xanthe finds herself feeling a connection to the people that owned the items that they offer for sale in the shop. Then it becomes more than just a feeling....she touches one item and finds herself transported back to 1605. A ghost demands Xanthe's help with righting an injustice. This book is such a nice blend of supernatural, mystery and romance. It's a bit like Outlander meets antique-i After leaving London for a fresh start, Xanthe runs an antique store in Marlborough with her mother, Flora. Xanthe finds herself feeling a connection to the people that owned the items that they offer for sale in the shop. Then it becomes more than just a feeling....she touches one item and finds herself transported back to 1605. A ghost demands Xanthe's help with righting an injustice. This book is such a nice blend of supernatural, mystery and romance. It's a bit like Outlander meets antique-ing. I found the plot creative and interesting...I didn't want to stop reading! This book is a nice start to a new series. I can't wait to find out what object might send Xanthe back into the past in the next book!Paula Brackston is the author of several other books including The Witch's Daughter series. The Little Shop of Found Things is the first book by Brackston that I have read. I'm definitely going to check out her other books!**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from St Martin's Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    Going to be placing this one in the DNF file. I have never been a fan of time travel books and unfortunately, this book was no exception.
  • BookGypsy
    January 1, 1970
    A remarkable blend of magic, mystery and romance. Xanthe and her mother open an antique shop in Marlbrough looking for a fresh start.Leaving London behind. Xanthe has a deep connection to the antiques she finds. All she has to do is hold it in her hands. So when she discovers a silver Chatelaine it sets her on a wild mystery. A ghost taunts her endlessly to clear her daughters name. But that means Xanthe would have to be in the seventeenth century. A wonderful story full of magic, time travel an A remarkable blend of magic, mystery and romance. Xanthe and her mother open an antique shop in Marlbrough looking for a fresh start.Leaving London behind. Xanthe has a deep connection to the antiques she finds. All she has to do is hold it in her hands. So when she discovers a silver Chatelaine it sets her on a wild mystery. A ghost taunts her endlessly to clear her daughters name. But that means Xanthe would have to be in the seventeenth century. A wonderful story full of magic, time travel and history. Remarkable read. I couldn't get enough of it. If you love Outlander like I do. You have to read this book! You'll love it.Dawnny-Book GypsyNovels N LatteBook Blog
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  • Lady Cain
    January 1, 1970
    MY QUEEN! A NEW BOOK! AHHHHH!
  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-copy of The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston from NetGalley for my honest review.This is the first book I have ever read by Paula Brackston. It was a fun and fast read. Xanthe, has a connection to objects and in the antique business that can be a problem when a ghost discovers her gift. Traveling back to 1605 to save a relative of the ghost but the ghost threatens Xanthe's mother. That is where complications arise. This is a book of time travel, romance, and mys I received a free e-copy of The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston from NetGalley for my honest review.This is the first book I have ever read by Paula Brackston. It was a fun and fast read. Xanthe, has a connection to objects and in the antique business that can be a problem when a ghost discovers her gift. Traveling back to 1605 to save a relative of the ghost but the ghost threatens Xanthe's mother. That is where complications arise. This is a book of time travel, romance, and mystery. Interesting characters and just a completely different type of book that I have ever read.
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    I'm no stranger to Brackston's witchier novels, so when I saw this contemporary time travel adventure set around a woman with psychometry -- aka the ability to connect or feel impressions from objects -- I was intrigued. Not quite witchy but also a little bit magical.THE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS is a slow build of a mother and daughter starting over in a small town after both have faced hardship, both wanting to move on and begin anew. Xanthe's ability to connect with objects is given extra p I'm no stranger to Brackston's witchier novels, so when I saw this contemporary time travel adventure set around a woman with psychometry -- aka the ability to connect or feel impressions from objects -- I was intrigued. Not quite witchy but also a little bit magical.THE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS is a slow build of a mother and daughter starting over in a small town after both have faced hardship, both wanting to move on and begin anew. Xanthe's ability to connect with objects is given extra pull by the interference of a spirit from the 1600s who demands Xanthe's help to save her daughter. That's right. She demands it. She threatens harm if Xanthe doesn't do what she demands. That spirit/ghost lady was a total wench.Honestly, the idea of the story, Xanthe traveling back and forth in time to solve a mystery, save a girl, etc, was great. But while the historical accuracy, the hardships she had to face trying to pass as a servant in order to pursue justice, and the clock-is-ticking thrilling aspect of it were interesting, the romance was rushed, the daughter whose neck was literally on the line seemed disinclined to help herself, making things unnecessarily frustrating, and yeah, as mentioned, this ghost was completely horrid. There was also a sorta-love interest for Xanthe in the present day who she.. I don't want to say took advantage of, but.. well.. she kinda did. The slower build of the mystery, the fleshing out of this little town, as Xanthe and Flora settle in to revitalizing the little antique shop, even some of the neighbours and townsfolk, I liked all that. And even the time travel-y bits were interesting. I just think some things were too rushed and as a result I couldn't care for them. And as it seems this is a series.. why not give it a cliffhanger? Why not take the time to flesh it up and pick it up in the next installment?Depending on the plot surrounding the next one, I may or may not read on. Again, this was interesting, but I did have to push myself to keep reading, and was definitely not sold fast-tracked romance. However, that said, the characters that seem to be an integral part of the modern day setting? They might bring me back again. ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel early.I have only good things to say about The Little Shop of Found Things and I'm delighted this book lived up to and even surpassed my expectations! I didn't read the entire blurb when I decided to request this book from Netgalley, so I wasn't quite sure what to this story had in store for me. Judging by the cover and title, and the Historical Fiction genre, I pinned my hopes on these things delivering Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel early.I have only good things to say about The Little Shop of Found Things and I'm delighted this book lived up to and even surpassed my expectations! I didn't read the entire blurb when I decided to request this book from Netgalley, so I wasn't quite sure what to this story had in store for me. Judging by the cover and title, and the Historical Fiction genre, I pinned my hopes on these things delivering a great story for my sentimental heart. Based on my own love of old, historical things and the stories they could leave behind, I knew if this novel was well-done it would be one I loved. You could say this novel sang to me.I'm exceptionally excited to learn this is the start of an upcoming series, but don't let that discourage you if you're a lover of standalones. I think this book reads perfectly on its own and doesn't leave hoards of unanswered questions like many first books tend to do. I only hope the series will continue with the same characters because I've grown attached to those featured here!Lovers of Outlander will find similarities in this story, but enough originality to readers guessing and eager to find out what will happen next. This story features everything, from bits of romance, mystery, paranormal aspects, time-travel, and a heartwarming mother-daughter relationship. I could not help but become completely immersed in this novel, feeling as if I was in a charming English village, alternating with the past of the seventeenth century. Because I wish I had the ability myself, time travel is one of my favorite sub-genres to read about. This has made me pursue numerous books on the subject and has allowed plenty of time to reflect on the practical difficulties people would face if they were to travel back in time. My only small reservation about the story and the reason I ultimately gave 4-stars instead of the full five was due to this issue. When Xanthe went back to the early 1600s, she was wearing her Dr. Martens. This seems like a simple thing, and it was mentioned that some of the characters in the past mentioned how odd her footwear was. However, my mind leads me to suspect the labels on these boots would raise some eyebrows in a time when shoes weren't likely printed with the modern labels or brands of today. The same could be said for a scene when the characters inspect the clothes she wore on her journey back in time, I suspect even a tag would seem strange. These are small issues in an exceedingly enjoyable novel, but ones I couldn't help but question as I read.I couldn't get enough of this story and I hope the follow-up novel will come soon, only due to my desire to learn more about the characters' lives, rather than unanswered questions. The Little Shop of Found Things was a truly captivating story, full of magic and wonder. I'm so happy I decided to pick this up and was able to learn interesting things about a time long ago with a modern main character. This book is releasing in no time at all, so be sure to get your copy on October 16th.
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  • Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    A gracious thank you to St Martin's Press and Paula Brackston for an advanced copy. The plot lives up to its promise of ghosts, time travel and romance. It reminded me very much of the Outlander and I can see readers who fell in love with that series, gravitating towards this one too. Unfortunately for me, and it appears I'm in the minority here, I just wasn't able to connect with the characters and plot. I tried hard to invest myself fully but struggled to care. I think what made it a challenge A gracious thank you to St Martin's Press and Paula Brackston for an advanced copy. The plot lives up to its promise of ghosts, time travel and romance. It reminded me very much of the Outlander and I can see readers who fell in love with that series, gravitating towards this one too. Unfortunately for me, and it appears I'm in the minority here, I just wasn't able to connect with the characters and plot. I tried hard to invest myself fully but struggled to care. I think what made it a challenge for me is that the plot moved along quite slowly and was more on the descriptive side. Many of the conversations felt one dimensional and were difficult to invest in emotionally. There appear to be many high reviews so this is most likely just a story that didn't work for me. I wasn't captivated like others by The Outlander series either, which says something about my reading preferances.The Little Shop of Found Things is a magical and charming story. Readers looking to invest in a new series that involves time travel back to the early 17th century, has a cozy mystery feel and some paranormal and romance aspects may want to try this one out.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed this adventure! I love books that take you back in time and this one was fun with a ghost, a witch, time travel, a love interest (or two?) and a matter of life and death. Although the witchcraft in this book was decidedly understated, Xanthe definitely had a gift. Objects "sang" to her and she was driven to solve what they were trying to tell her. This adventure pushed her to go back in time to attempt to prevent the hanging of a young girl accused of stealing.Warm characters and lots of Enjoyed this adventure! I love books that take you back in time and this one was fun with a ghost, a witch, time travel, a love interest (or two?) and a matter of life and death. Although the witchcraft in this book was decidedly understated, Xanthe definitely had a gift. Objects "sang" to her and she was driven to solve what they were trying to tell her. This adventure pushed her to go back in time to attempt to prevent the hanging of a young girl accused of stealing.Warm characters and lots of atmosphere kept the story interesting. The time changes from present to past were well done and I liked the use of the ley-lines across the area to perform the time travel. Most of this story was in the past but I would have liked to have read more about the present and the new antique shop and especially what happens with Xanthe and Liam.Thanks to Paula Brackston and St. Martin's Press through Netgalley for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Patty Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Netgalley, St. Martin’s Press and Paula Brackston for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy.Xanthe and her mother move to the small town of Marlborough to start life over and open up an antique shop. Both are running away from bad men. They are low on funds and there is pressure to open up the shop as soon as possible. Xanthe has a unique ability. She has a special, magical connections to old o Many thanks to Netgalley, St. Martin’s Press and Paula Brackston for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy.Xanthe and her mother move to the small town of Marlborough to start life over and open up an antique shop. Both are running away from bad men. They are low on funds and there is pressure to open up the shop as soon as possible. Xanthe has a unique ability. She has a special, magical connections to old objects that have a story to tell. She comes across a chatelaine that has the strongest pull she has ever felt. While trying to get the shop ready to open, Xanthe also discovers that there is a sinister ghost haunting the place, who needs her help. The ghost needs Xanthe to save her daughter, four hundred years in the past. The chatelaine allows Xanthe to transport her back in time. Xanthe travels back, but saving the girl is not going to be so easy.Yet again, I am sucked in by the premise of a book. I love books like “Outlander” and “Somewhere in Time” where the main character gets transported back in time. I love the setting of the book, a small town in England, with all the quaint shops and characters. Magical abilities, a ghost who needs the help of the living, are all things that I get excited about. Yes, I expected some sort of love story to happen, whether in current time or in the past. But all I have to say is Yuuuccchhhhhh!!! How can it all go wrong?First there are the endless descriptions. On and on and on about stuff that not only I don’t care about, but doesn’t serve the story and isn’t gorgeous English-side scenery. Then we have the worst ghost - she is mean, nasty, bitter, and I don’t know why. What was the whole story with her and her daughter. I wasn’t even convinced she loved her daughter because we never got to see that. She was just super angry. So if you aren’t going to make the ghost a sympathetic character then make her scary, I mean really scary. I never understood why Xanthe would have done anything for her. I just didn’t buy that she would leave her sick mother and go risk her life for this women’s daughter, it was a shaky premise at best. Then, don’t make me wait 60% of the way through before I get a glimpse of the love story and then expect me to be invested in it. There was so too much preamble and not enough substance. The structure was just off for me. Overall, I wasn’t invested in the main characters. I didn’t care much for Xanthe. I liked the townspeople, both present and past, but why was so much time spent on them and nothing interesting happened with them. All the characters were really one dimensional, no depth. It was so slow I just wasn’t invested in the character’s outcomes. There wasn’t much magic and the time travel wasn’t captivating enough to hold my interest.Honestly, I was bored, and really had to force myself to finish this one. I left it many times before finishing it. Disappointing and just glad to be done with it.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    The Little Shop of Found Things is a charming and magical read that I immensely enjoyed. While it is a story based on time travel, it is not at all sci-fi. Some have compared it to Outlander and while I never read the books and only saw a little of the TV series, I can assure you that The Little Shop of Found Things does not contain the muskets, guns and sexual violence found I’m Outlander but does have the romance.This book drew me right in with the opening sentence and held my attention until The Little Shop of Found Things is a charming and magical read that I immensely enjoyed. While it is a story based on time travel, it is not at all sci-fi. Some have compared it to Outlander and while I never read the books and only saw a little of the TV series, I can assure you that The Little Shop of Found Things does not contain the muskets, guns and sexual violence found I’m Outlander but does have the romance.This book drew me right in with the opening sentence and held my attention until the last page:It is a commonly held belief that the most likely place to find a ghost is beneath a shadowy moon, among the ruins of a castle, or perhaps in an abandoned house where the living have fled leaving only spirits to drift from room to room.Xanthe Westlake has a special talent— the ability to touch an object and learn about a person or event. As such, she is in the perfect business — she and her mother Flora have just bought a quaint antique shop that they plan to rejuvenate and restore. What they didn’t know is that their purchase included a ghost who is determined that her daughter’s wrongful death in the seventeenth century, be averted by changing history. It is up to Xanthe, by using an antique silver chatelaine, which allows her to travel back in time, to right this wrong or else, as the ghost informs her, harm will come to her mother Flora.I enjoyed reading this book and found Xanthe to be a genuine and likable protagonist. I particularly relished her adventures in the seventeenth century because the descriptions of the places as well as the explanations of the norms and etiquette were fascinating. Due to Brackston’s writing skills, I really felt as if I had been transported back in time along with Xanthe. The adventure and mystery element kept me turning page after page, unable to put the book down.The writing is excellent and the pacing is perfect — I never felt bored. The language spoken in the seventeenth century is markedly different from present day and the reader will find it authentic. Brackston has a talent for clever writing and winsome analogies.Willis was a man of few words, and not given to taking them out for an airing often, but they passed the miles companionably enough.She held hope to her breast like a tiny bird which must be grasped tightly yet with such care, lest one crush it to nothing through fear of losing it. Hope was all she had.I am very excited that there will be another book in the series but worry how I will wait because I want to read it now! I would really like to see Xanthe returning to the same time period but could understand if a new adventure takes her elsewhere. This is the first book I have read by Paula Brackston and because I loved it so much, I plan to read more of her books as soon as possible.Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    As soon as I saw the gorgeous cover of this book and read the title, it called out to me and I knew I had to read it! What a wonderful, magical book! The Little Shop of Found Things is the first book I've ever read by Paula Brackston, but it won't be my last. It was a delight! I love its mix of fantasy, time travel, historical fiction, a touch of romance, a bit of suspense, and mystery, plus throw in a ghost and you now have most of my favorite book ingredients blended together for one lovely an As soon as I saw the gorgeous cover of this book and read the title, it called out to me and I knew I had to read it! What a wonderful, magical book! The Little Shop of Found Things is the first book I've ever read by Paula Brackston, but it won't be my last. It was a delight! I love its mix of fantasy, time travel, historical fiction, a touch of romance, a bit of suspense, and mystery, plus throw in a ghost and you now have most of my favorite book ingredients blended together for one lovely and thoroughly captivating read.Xanthe is a young woman who has the unique ability to hear antique objects "sing" to her and because of this gift, she is able to discover details about the item's past. Since Xanthe and her mother Flora have just moved to Marlborough, not only for a much-needed fresh start in life but to open their own antique shop, this is a valuable and special ability to have.On a visit to an estate sale to buy stock for their new shop, Xanthe immediately feels a silver chatelaine from the seventeenth-century sing to her, and there is no dissuading her from buying it even though the price is much more than she and her mother can afford. What happens next is the start of a journey into the past unlike Xanthe has ever experienced.While the objects she usually touches sing to her and she's able to "hear" their stories and is then able to research the owner's or item's history, the beautiful chatelaine is unlike anything she has touched before. Instead of just singing to her, the chatelaine causes Xanthe to have disturbing visions and feel strong emotions of fear and danger.As Xanthe tries to find out more about the chatelaine, she encounters a not very nice ghost named Margaret who has been waiting centuries for someone with Xanthe's powerful abilities to travel back to the seventeenth century and rewrite history. Her daughter Alice has wrongfully been accused of theft and the punishment is death. Margaret ruthlessly threatens the life of Flora if Xanthe cannot travel back in time and save Alice's life. Xanthe, of course, will do anything to keep her mother safe even if it means going back to the 1600s while trying to fit into the era and not be accused of being a witch--a very real fear during that time! The Little Shop of Found Things is extremely well written, the characters are so alive and vibrant, and the settings in both the present in and in the past are charming and richly described. In the past, Xanthe meets a young architect named Samuel who I immediately liked! He's a bit moody but intelligent and kind. He not only helps Xanthe in her quest to save Alice but develops strong feelings for Xanthe, and she begins to return them. I admit that I cried because their relationship seems so impossible since they live in two different worlds separated by over four hundred years! Oh, and I so love the relationship between Xanthe and her mother Flora; it is just so loving and tender. While I love Xanthe, I empathize strongly with Flora, who has a chronic, disabling pain disorder, yet she just keeps on going with a smile and so much cheerfulness even on her worst days or the nights when she has to take pain medication to help ease her suffering. Since I have both Lupus and fibromyalgia, I know all too well what it's like to live with daily chronic pain, so I am glad to see an author write a character who has a real, pain condition and handles it with honesty about how she feels but also still has a joyfulness for life. I love this new series and am already dying to read book two to find out what happens next in Xanthe and Flora's story! I highly recommend you read this novel if you like the Outlander series (although The Little Shop of Found Things lacks the violence and the mature sexual content and is more enchantingly magical), historical fiction, books with a hint of magic, or just an extraordinarily delightful story!**Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review.**
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  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    What an awesome start to a new series! This is a new to me author but now that I am familiar with her writing she is on my list of favorite books for the year! This is the reason right here why I continue to read historical books. Even though fictional they are filled with truthful facts and continue to teach me things. This is a book featuring modern times with our cell phones and modern conveniences and a time slip back to the seventeenth century. Witchcraft and burning at the stakes were comm What an awesome start to a new series! This is a new to me author but now that I am familiar with her writing she is on my list of favorite books for the year! This is the reason right here why I continue to read historical books. Even though fictional they are filled with truthful facts and continue to teach me things. This is a book featuring modern times with our cell phones and modern conveniences and a time slip back to the seventeenth century. Witchcraft and burning at the stakes were common then and it was because of ignorance. Women were not educated like today,poverty was high and illiteracy was high. There were misunderstandings and rather than take the time to understand these women it was easier to label them as witches and burn them. Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London for a fresh start in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has the power to feel the story of antiques she touches. She can see scenes of these antiques and is transported back in time with a special antique piece she buys at auction. She does not ask for this power and she is powerless to stop it. When her and her mother buy an antique shop in their new town the backyard has a ley line in it. Now this is fascinating because I've never heard of ley lines before and here's some info on it. https://www.thoughtco.com/ley-lines-m... Now a building on their property contained a ley line which when she had the special antique piece with her she was transported back in time. A ghost of the mother of the accused woman threatens her if she doesn't help her daughter prove her innocence Xanthe's mother will come to harm. While a servant in this time period trying to help prove Alice's innocence she falls in love with Samuel. Her heart is heavy, will she prove the innocence of Alice? What about Samuel, will she stay with her new true love? I need to read part two right now. This book is fascinating and so captured my attention!Pub Date 16 Oct 2018I was given a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    Magical realism was something I could not readily define. The Little Shop Of Found Things changed that. I feel in love with Xanthe and Samuels love story and the thought of being torn between two worlds, being charged with a task that can bring death to one of you don't save the other. Paula Brackston has once again done a great first book in this series. I cannot wait to read her next installment! I loved this book which was provided to me by St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    STORY: 5Brackston showcases her unique iconic blend of magic, mystery and history in her latest genre-bending literary treasure, The Little Shop of Found Things.With breathtaking backdrops and period perfect dialogue and conduct for the current and early sixteenth century timelines this master storyteller takes fans on a fantastical and believable journey introducing them to convincing characters including a vengeful ghost and treating them to action adventure and an ill-fated love story while s STORY: 5Brackston showcases her unique iconic blend of magic, mystery and history in her latest genre-bending literary treasure, The Little Shop of Found Things.With breathtaking backdrops and period perfect dialogue and conduct for the current and early sixteenth century timelines this master storyteller takes fans on a fantastical and believable journey introducing them to convincing characters including a vengeful ghost and treating them to action adventure and an ill-fated love story while solving a cryptic mystery and meting out justice. Xanthe is the stand out in this novel, the perfect star, victimized but not a victim, empathic and compassionate enough to want to travel through time to make things right in spite of the threats of a malevolent specter. Fans of history and mystery who love a little woo-woo thrown in will devour this soon to be bestseller.NARRATION: 5Marisa Calin’s narration goes above and beyond. Her accents and inflections are all era appropriate and she does well with the voices of both sexes. Fans will appreciate the care she takes to emit just the right emotions for each scene giving a more in depth experience than reading alone would.SUMMARY:Xanthe Westlake and her mother Flora are hoping for a new beginning after the men they loved betrayed them; she was sent to prison for a crime her now ex-boyfriend committed and her mother is going through a painful divorce from her philandering father. So they’ve moved house from the bustle of London to the quiet hamlet of Marlborough where they've purchased an antique shop. But what they don’t know is that someone has been waiting for their arrival –– someone who’s been haunting the shop for a very long time, someone who’s counting on Xanthe’s gift of connecting with certain found treasures of the past to solve an ages old mystery and save a lost soul.During a purchasing trip to a nearby grand estate Xanthe is drawn to purchase an antique chatelaine that connects her with it’s tragic past, a vengeful ghost that haunts their shop and a trip back through time to right a centuries old wrong.
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  • Mrs.
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of The Little Shop of Found Things (from NetGalley). All thoughts and opinions are my own.Oh boy, am I glad there will be a sequel for this one!!! I very much enjoyed the down-to-earth and strong, modern-day-woman character of Xanthe. Her special gift(s) demanded my interests and full attention. Though I wouldn't have guessed it at first, her time spent in the 17th century was undoubtedly my favorite part(s) of this novel. (I could have just staye I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of The Little Shop of Found Things (from NetGalley). All thoughts and opinions are my own.Oh boy, am I glad there will be a sequel for this one!!! I very much enjoyed the down-to-earth and strong, modern-day-woman character of Xanthe. Her special gift(s) demanded my interests and full attention. Though I wouldn't have guessed it at first, her time spent in the 17th century was undoubtedly my favorite part(s) of this novel. (I could have just stayed right there with her!) The target of her affections won me over also, and I cannot wait to see what happens next in the adventures of Xanthe! Thank you to NetGalley and Paula Brackston for the ARC.
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  • Karen Kay
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Xanthe has the ability to see the history of objects by touching them. When she’s transported back to the seventeenth century while holding an antique chatelaine and confronted by a ghost who reveals that this is where the antique has its origins, she is forced by the ghost to prove the innocence of an accused thief.The story read well enough but overall it was just an okay read for me. 3☆
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  • Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    Fascinating premises! An antiques store in a Georgian redbrick town, a ghost, a seventeenth century chatelaine, and a love story that spans the ages, with the promise of more instalments to come...perfect read for lovers of Diana Gabaldon (Outlander) and Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler's Wife). Review to come on Mina's Bookshelf.***ARC copy generously provided by NetGalley in return of an unbiased and honest review
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  • BOOKAHOLIC
    January 1, 1970
    For fans of Barbara Erskine, Susanna Kearsley, Pamela Hartshorne, Kate Mosse, Deborah Harkness, Simone St. James and other Historical timeslip Authors and ghost story writers this is a wonderful treat. For those who love Paula Brackston's Witch series, this is a little different but just as gripping as her other novels.This novel is about a mother Flora and her grown up daughter, Xanthe who decide to leave London to open a new antique store in a quaint English village. They both meet some lovely For fans of Barbara Erskine, Susanna Kearsley, Pamela Hartshorne, Kate Mosse, Deborah Harkness, Simone St. James and other Historical timeslip Authors and ghost story writers this is a wonderful treat. For those who love Paula Brackston's Witch series, this is a little different but just as gripping as her other novels.This novel is about a mother Flora and her grown up daughter, Xanthe who decide to leave London to open a new antique store in a quaint English village. They both meet some lovely new neighbours including the handsome, friendly, local Garage mechanic and handyman..Xanthe has a gift that when she holds some of the special pieces of antiques that she is drawn to, they sing to her and reveal their past story.Xanthe becomes particularly attracted to a silver chatelaine., which not only transports her back to the 17c., but becomes trapped by a hostile ghost which has plans for Xanthe's paranormal gift. Xanthe has been chosen by this ghost to do her bidding or her mother Flora will be in danger.I throughly enjoyed reading this ghostly historical mystery with suspense and some romance attached to the story. The characters were well -rounded and the plot was thrilling to read. I would love for Paula Brackston to write more novels like these. I look forward to her future novels, especial if they are anything like this one.
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  • Katheryn Bargas
    January 1, 1970
    This book will keep you guessing and trying to push the players along faster! You just want to read faster to see how it ends! I loved this book and can't wait for the Author's next installment, I hope it will continue!
  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars--I really liked it.It's been a long time since I read a time-travel book, I realized as I was reading this one. And I really enjoy them! Despite some minor anachronisms, I found myself engrossed in Xanthe's story--both in the present and the past. There was a bittersweet romance, some lovely characters (especially Flora), and overall a cozy feel to this book.I was pleased to see this is the start of a series. I'll definitely pick up the next book.I received this review copy from the publ 4 stars--I really liked it.It's been a long time since I read a time-travel book, I realized as I was reading this one. And I really enjoy them! Despite some minor anachronisms, I found myself engrossed in Xanthe's story--both in the present and the past. There was a bittersweet romance, some lovely characters (especially Flora), and overall a cozy feel to this book.I was pleased to see this is the start of a series. I'll definitely pick up the next book.I received this review copy from the publisher on NetGalley. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review; I appreciate it!
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  • Crystal Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Y'all, I know I wrote a review yesterday, but I was so engrossed by this book that I read it in one sitting, and I just have to share my excitement!My excitement actually started when this book was announced. Paula Brackston is one of my favorite writers. Probably top three. Her books are a little niche-ey, but they are right up my niche.Fear not, dear reader, this book breaks out of the niche and into full out universal appeal!It has a lot going for it--time travel, true love, historical richne Y'all, I know I wrote a review yesterday, but I was so engrossed by this book that I read it in one sitting, and I just have to share my excitement!My excitement actually started when this book was announced. Paula Brackston is one of my favorite writers. Probably top three. Her books are a little niche-ey, but they are right up my niche.Fear not, dear reader, this book breaks out of the niche and into full out universal appeal!It has a lot going for it--time travel, true love, historical richness.Xanthe, our protagonist, has grit, determination, and a tender heart that pushes her to do extraordinary things. She is at times hapless, but that made me root for her even more. This is a love story, but not just one of romantic love. Love is woven into all parts of this book; there is the familial love that Xanthe has for her mother, Flora. The love that is shown by the cast of characters that welcome them into their little village, and the love that pushes Xanthe to fight for justice in a world 400 years in the past. Brackston is a great story teller and one of her strengths is world building, but in an understated way. The magic is subtle and the descriptions of time and setting place you into the fantastical nature of the story seamlessly. I especially recommend this book to those of you who like historical romance. Samuel Appleby, the architect Xanthe meets in her travel back to 1605, reminds me vaguely of Mr. Darcy, and what woman can resist that?I'm very thankful to Thomas Dunne Books for providing me with an ARC for this title. The publish date is a little far out (October 2nd), but I wanted get the good word out. This a hands down 5/5 for me and I hope is for you, too!
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  • Annemieke / A Dance with Books
    January 1, 1970
    3,5 starsThank you to netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. When I was offered a chance to read this book for review through Netgalley I hesitated for a minute. I wasn’t sure if this was my kind of thing. I certainly wouldn’t have requested it on my own. But I am glad I gave it a chance and read it. The Little Shop of Found Things focuses on the life of Xanthe who is a psychometrist, someone who can gain information or memories about items by touch. Th 3,5 starsThank you to netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. When I was offered a chance to read this book for review through Netgalley I hesitated for a minute. I wasn’t sure if this was my kind of thing. I certainly wouldn’t have requested it on my own. But I am glad I gave it a chance and read it. The Little Shop of Found Things focuses on the life of Xanthe who is a psychometrist, someone who can gain information or memories about items by touch. This doesn’t happen to her with all items but only those that are special. She has a draw to them. With her mother, Flora, Xanthe moves to a small town called Marlborough (England) to start their own antique shop. As they are searching for items for their new shop Xanthe stumbles upon such an special item. A special item that will let her experience things she hasn’t before. One of those things is time travel… I really enjoyed the idea this book had. The idea to gain information about people through items, that through their special item ghosts they still try and communicate with us to settle things in our world. To slowly piece together what happened. To crack that mystery. This book attempted that but missed the mark in the build up and set up of the mystery in the real world. By the time we go into the past I wasn’t quite as invested in the story and mystery as I could have been. The fact is also that relatively little happens in the past as the story sidesteps a bit to romance. It had just the wrong balance for this book to really grab me. The story is also written in a limited ominous point of view which felt a little weird at the start but once I got used to it managed to drag me into the story well enough. As for the characters, Xanthe is pleasant to follow around but I’m not sure I have a handle on her character. She is a bit defensive because of the past she has had and as such has put up quite some walls. She is also fiercely protective of her mom who has rheumatism and uses crutches. I loved seeing their relationship. It has its ups and downs but they are there for each other. I also enjoyed seeing some of the vibrant side characters in the present time that really shaped the place of Marlborough. The past time didn’t quite have that. Our ghost doesn’t quite get as much dimensions as is possible. I also thought that it was strange that at the start of the story the ghost specifically thinks that she can’t directly communicate with Xanthe and then later on in the story she can. That was never properly explained. Lastly, as I mentioned the romance took a bit away from the plot in the past time. It is a bit of an instalove, and in a way forbidden for that period. While there was some chemistry I wasn’t wholly invested in their romance. Having said all that, I am certainly interested in reading on with this series.
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