The Little Shop of Found Things

The Little Shop of Found Things

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 s...

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The Little Shop of Found Things Reviews

  • Brenda

    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…

    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.

  • Selena

    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.

  • Carrie

    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.

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  • Juli

    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.**

  • Erin Clemence

    “The Little Shop of Found Things” by Paula Brackston falls into the genre, which I am now identifying as, ‘time travel fiction’.

    “The Little Shop of Found Things” by Paula Brackston falls into the genre, which I am now identifying as, ‘time travel fiction’.

    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

    . I was a little confused by the ghost character of Margaret Merton. I understand her role in the story

    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.

  • Jenny

    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

  • Debra

    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.

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  • Angela M

    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 in

    the wings.

  • Marialyce

    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.

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