2017 Blog Tours Guest Post Ruth Hogan Two Roads
Blog Tour: The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan - Guest Post
Today is my stop on the a slightly unusual blog tour with WHSmith Fresh Talent author Ruth Hogan for the launch of her debut novel The Keeper of Lost Things.
The Keeper of Lost Things follows housekeeper Laura as she attempts to return her deceased employer’s collection of ‘lost things’ to their rightful owners, and atone for a broken promise from many years ago. The story explores the magic and mystery behind everyday objects, and was partly inspired by Ruth’s own habit of collecting ‘curiosities’.
For each stop of the Tour, Ruth is sharing pictures of her beloved ‘curiosities’ along with a description from her about what drew her to the object:
The Lost Home
I am intrigued by this little wooden house which was found by a friend of mine behind a wooden beam when he was renovating an old cottage in the Cotswolds. He knew what I was writing about and very kindly donated it to my collection. We have no idea what it is, and whether it was lost or placed there deliberately, but we speculated that it was perhaps put there as a talisman to protect the house. This little object inspired one of the darkest short stories in the book.
About the book:
Title: The Keeper of Lost Things
Published: January 26th 2017 by Two Roads
Blurb: Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.
Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.
Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.
Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.
Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.
As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?
The Keeper of Lost Things is out now, priced £16.99, published by Two Roads books
Follow all the stops on the Blog Tour for more curiosities: