Review - The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston @DetectiveGretel

The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
Narrated by Marisa Calin
Series: Found Things #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Press / Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Date Read: March 11, 2019
Length: 307 pages / 12 hours 43 minutes
Source: NetGalley/ Library
New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance guaranteed to enchant in The Little Shop of Found Things, the first book in a new continuing series.

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.
My Review

This was a wonderful story!  I have to admit that I was probably first drawn to this book by its lovely cover.  Isn't it gorgeous?  I also loved the idea of a book set in a little shop but once I knew that the story had an element of time-travel, I knew that I had to read this book.  I was completely captivated by this book and couldn't wait to see how everything would work out.

Xanthe and her mother, Flora, are starting over.  They have bought an antique shop that they will be opening to the public as soon as possible.  Xanthe is particularly suited for this kind of work because she has a very handy special ability.  Xanthe is called to certain objects and intuitively knows the history of the items that speak to her.  Xanthe sees a chatelaine at an auction and that purchase will end up taking her on quite the adventure.

The chatelaine is tied to a young girl from the seventeenth century.  The girl's mother is a ghost in Xanthe's present day and she insists that Xanthe go back in time to make things right for her Alice.  I had a great time watching Xanthe trying to navigate the past and solve the mystery of what really happened with Alice.  While in the past, she is able to help Samual with a project he is working on and he helps her work to save Alice.

I believe that this was the first time that I have had the chance to listen to Marisa Calin's narration and I thought she did a fantastic job with this book.  There is a lot of emotion in this story and I thought that she really brought it out through her narration.  The voices that she used were very distinct and I thought that the dialogue in the story flowed nicely.  This was a book that I found myself wanting to listen to for hours at a time.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  The ending was a little bittersweet but since it is the first book in a series, I have a feeling that there will be more developments in future novels.  I had a fantastic time with this book and cannot wait to get my hands on future books in the series.

I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library via Overdrive.
About the Author

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.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. This has been on my wish list. Like you the cover and premise just scream buy

  2. Oh good! I saw this one and wondered about it. Glad to get your thoughts on it. Definitely want to read it now.

  3. I am sooo intrigued by this one

  4. Oh it's great to find such a good story like that!

  5. It's wonderful to get your take on this one. Great review. Ordinarily I don't like time travel so this would be a step outside for me. Anne - Books of My Heart

  6. i recall reading this one. but wasn't really connected to it, glad you liked it though

  7. emotional, ghosts, interesting storyline. This sounds like a wonderful read

  8. hnnn your comment about the ending has me even more curious than i was
    sherry @ fundinmental

  9. This one is on my TBR 100% because of the cover and title. I was a little hesitant about the time travel aspect as that's very much not my thing but this sounds pretty great. I might wait till the second book though just to get a feel of how the series is going.

  10. This book is calling to me! I am so glad to hear you liked it, Carole. This sounds like so much more than I was hoping for! Thank you for your great review.

  11. A lot of people have loved this book. Glad you liked it, too. 👍✨

  12. This sounds like such a cute little read and I love time travel too as I am a doctor who fan. I find it hard to get it right in books but it sounds like this one manages it, so I am going to have to check it out. The cute shop setting sounds lovely as well ^.^


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