Flora and Xanthe have pooled their resources to buy an old antique shop in Marlborough, in the south of England. Flora suffers with chronic pain from her arthritis and has to walk with sticks to get around, Xanthe is very aware of her suffering and wishes to ease her through it. Despite having just arrived and moved their boxes into the small space above the shop, Flora still wants to go to the next ‘sale’ at a nearby old hall and persuades Xanthe that this is just what they need.
While at the sale, Xanthe is drawn to an object in one of the glass cases used to display valuable items and is given the funds that Flora has kept safe for new purchases, in order to buy the item. Flora knows that when Xanthe wants an item, she just has to have it, so does not make a fuss about the amount that gets spent on the item.
It is when Xanthe gets the item home that the fun and games start! Particularly as there is a very interested party in the guise of a ghost, that wishes Xanthe to engage with the item and save their child from terrible circumstances. And Xanthe is thrust into the seventeenth century, where she has to learn new ways very quickly in order to survive and save both herself and the innocent girl. If she fails, her own mother Flora, is under threat of vengeance.
The descriptions of the transport between times is exceptionally good, giving a feel for the trauma experienced by Xanthe as she passed the centuries. And the shock on transition the first time, the realisation of the reality of the experience, evidenced by the changes in her clothing, is so well described.
I am sure that there will be a follow up to this book, if it is as well written as this one, it should be a fine piece of work as well. I look forward to reading it.
“Flora maintained that when her daughter was listening to a piece, she was visibly changed.”
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4/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)
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A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure.
New 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 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. So when she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.
It’s while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century. And shortly after, she’s confronted by a ghost who reveals that this is where the antique has its origins. The ghost tasks Xanthe with putting right the injustice in its story to save an innocent girl’s life, or else it’ll cost her Flora’s.
While Xanthe fights to save her 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.
With its rich historical detail, strong mother-daughter relationship, and picturesque English village, The Little Shop of Found Things is poised to be a strong start to this new series.
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