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The Little Shop of Found Things: A Novel

Found Things, Book 1
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Series: Found Things Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Paula Brackston, New York Times best-selling author of The Witch's Daughter, returns with her trademark blend of magic and romance guaranteed to enchant in the first audiobook in a new 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 17th 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.

©2018 Paula Brackston (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Wow I was captivated from the beginning
Truly amazing story line with intriguing characters and events to keep you spell bound

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Not a page turner.

This is an interesting tale. Not overly engaging or tantalising. The narrators voice is quite harsh and almost put me off listening to the entire book. I wouldn’t recommend this book to friends.

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Oh dear good start but too long full of stereotypes

I hate it when i can recite the next words before the character does.
Sank into stereotypical repetitive mismash which felt like weak attempt to fill up the pages. Also was not a fan of this curly girlie or her bimbo characterised blokes

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American language and concepts

A pity there were some American concepts and language in the book. The flashlight is not used in the UK, they are called torches. Also, it is more likely that the characters would drink tea, not coffee.

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Loved every second!

Beautifully written and read, I could not stop listening. Such a unique story, of a girl torn between two worlds.

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An interesting premise

I found this story and the way it was narrated enjoyable. The concept of the main character being so tangibly connected to the history of her new home, is a clever one. It's appealing to wonder where the storyline will take the reader next, since the lead charcter is not bound by the relative concept of time. I would classify this as more of a young adult book. I found some scenes a little overtly descriptive which slowed the pace of the storyline for me but otherwise I thought the characters endearing, the setting beautifully captured and the story engaging.

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Delightful listen

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to “The Little Shop if Found Things”. It had everything I enjoy in a book - bit of magic, history and a romance.

Xanthe is the main character and she and her mother recently bought an antiques shop. Xanthe finds a Chatelaine that sets her off on her adventure to another time.

Definitely recommend reading this book and I’m looking forward to the sequel!

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Loved it

Cant wait for the next one. Xanthe and Samuel's story cannot be over yet surely.

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Great easy listening story

Loved the reader! The story was a sweet easy listening story. Really enjoyed the book!

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I listen to be taken a little away from my yime

I feel the love story in this book was mildly played, yet had a feeling of longing and hope...
I dont like the feeling like she is already an old soul. It makes the book drag on sometimes when in a monologue.

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  • Adam Tobi Smith
  • 12-11-2018

unavoidable disappointing ending

The narrator was okay, however, she had terrible "voices" for the differing characters especially the male characters. Like a child's voice trying to sound like her father. The harshness of her British accent was fairly distracting as the accent flowed in and out of proper British Noble sounding accents and Cockney, but not in any context that made sense, just as she was narrating sentence to sentence it would change. Difficult not to make fun of.

What a wonderful idea for a story, fascinating details and creativity. The end sucked all the wind right out of my fantastical sails. Not everyone I'm sure would dislike it, however, basically the whole novel is about how Xanthe will not find another love after her boyfriend betrays her, then she makes these wonderful deep romantic and incredible connections in her travel back in time. The story deepens and encourages this love then just pulls the rug right out from under the reader with a more realistic end. if an entire story is fantasy, why would it need a realistic end. Not my cup of tea and I'm so sad because the story idea is just Amazing.

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  • Marie Stanesic
  • 10-01-2019

Really Enjoyable

I’m going to give her Witch’s Daughter book another try. I could not get into that book at all but this one was lovely. Immediately hooked me. Easily went between time periods. I cared about the characters and the outcome. Truly lovely.

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  • kat
  • 28-04-2019

Great time travel story

This is a great time travel story thrown in with an antique shop, relationships and mystery. The story kept moving and didn't get boring. The narrator was really good doing both male and female voices. The story painted pictures of the locations and made me want to be there.

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  • Mary M Judkins
  • 20-01-2019

Sappy

the narration made the lead female character seem even dumber and sappier than the book storyline. I just wanted to constantly roll my eyes and scream ask question , really no one asks questions.
the first chapter seemed good, then it fell off the deep end and kept falling

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  • anne moller-backlund
  • 27-12-2018

The Little Shop of Found things: a time travel

A well written story where the main character is involved with someone with a similar life event in the 17 th century. Romantic, thrilling, historic and gouhlish antique business.

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  • Cynthia G. Davis
  • 29-11-2018

My favorite themes!

I really enjoyed this book and hope there will be more! Always in search of a good ghost story.... this was very satisfying. Add psychometry AND time travel and it becomes my idea of a perfect story!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-10-2018

Five stars if only...

I liked this book very much, and I know that this book is the first in a series but I just wish that the ending could have left us with closure for Xanthe and Samuel. It's the romantic in me, I guess. Maybe, I hope, we will see him again?

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  • Julie J. Ross
  • 23-04-2019

great book!

loved it. Really , don't need 15 words. it was quite fun tho , really.

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  • Theresa
  • 23-04-2019

magnificent!!

Loved it all the way through. Loved the reader, Marisa Calin too! cant wait to listen to another by Paula Brackston.

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  • Camilla T.
  • 30-11-2018

beautiful story

This is the best of Paula's books. it was thrilling and emotional. definitely worth the listen.

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  • Ellen Lingwood
  • 26-10-2018

Another Triumph for Ms Brackston!

This is a gripping and beautifully written story of impossible love in all its form. With a malevolent ghost and time slip adding that frisson of fear. I’m so sorry to have finished it!!

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  • Morgan Windle
  • 05-07-2019

Lovely little story

Really enjoyed the story. The cadence to the narrator’s speech was sometimes distracting but by the time the story really heated up and romance was a foot I didn’t get distracted! Can’t wait for the sequel to see how the beautiful story ends. Xanthe is an admirable protagonist too, which always makes for a great story.

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  • Sandypants
  • 10-03-2019

The little shop of found things

I thoroughly enjoyed this book,Great character's great story line, looking forward to the next book,

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  • Cat Chaser
  • 31-01-2019

Boring

Kept going to halfway and had to give up sorry
Found characters uninteresting. Waiting for something to happen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-2019

wonderful story

The story was really nice I hated when I had to turn it off. As always Marisa Calin and her super relaxing voice was also brilliant.

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  • Caroline Richardson
  • 26-01-2019

Fabulous story

I liked every moment of this novel.....I was totally engrossed in the characters to the point I really want to know what is next for the heroes....is there a Book 2? If you like time travel fantasy then, this is definitely a must read or listen!

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  • Helen Gower
  • 28-12-2018

A fantasy story with a note of this could really be!!

I love the way this grips the imagination drawing you into the story for need of knowing what is going to happen next!! Well read although the female narrator does the male voices which all sound older so surprised you when it was meant to be a young mans voice.
I love the pace in which it is read. The story ticked all my boxes for imagining this could really be. We need this sort of thing to take us away from the reality of everyday and spark our own imaginations!!
Will be purchasing another Paula Brackston as she has a way of keeping me gripped to the story!!

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  • Gaelle Newland
  • 02-11-2018

Paula at her best

Once again I could not not but that book down, I read and listen and my heart still wants more.
A lovely story with my favorite century and little found things that makes me dream.
Absolutely loved it. Will read again soon.

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  • sophie
  • 28-11-2019

heartwarming adventure

loved it, now going to listen to book 2, easy to warm to the characters and get lost in another place.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-2019

loved it ! <br />

fabulous book .loved the narrator .
finished in no time .
excellent . highly recommend