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.
The story continues in October 2019 with book two in the Found Things series, Secrets of the Chocolate House.
This first in a series from Brackston (The Witch's Daughter) is a magnetic time-travelling adventure following a woman who travels back to 17th-century England at the request of a ghost. Xanthe Westlake and her mother, Flora, new owners of a small antique shop in Marlborough, England, attend an antique sale where she wins a bid for a chatelaine, an antique clip usually worn by the lady of the house. Xanthe has a talent for psychometry she can discern details about who owned an item and she feels this particular chatelaine speaking to her. At the demand of Margaret Merton, a ghost at the antique shop, Xanthe uses the chatelaine to travel back in time to the 17th century to save Alice, a maid and Margaret's daughter, who has been arrested for stealing part of the chatelaine from her employer, Mistress Lovewell. Margaret threatens to harm Flora if Xanthe doesn't help prove Alice's innocence, so Xanthe works tirelessly in 1605 England to find the missing pieces of the chatelaine and exonerate Alice. Xanthe gains entry into the Lovewell household and attracts the attention of talented builder Samuel Appleby, a brooding man who helps Xanthe in her quest to free Alice. Brackston wonderfully blends history with the time-travel elements and a touch of romance. This series debut is a page-turner that will no doubt leave readers eager for future series installments.
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The title was so spot on.
Wow this was a trip worth taking. I can see another story being told about love in the past and present.