Author: Paula Brackston
Series: Found Things, Book #1
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 Stars
Synopsis: An antique shop haunted by a ghost. A silver treasure with an injustice in its story. And 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 this historic town of Malborough. 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.
Review: There was so much to love about this book. Xanthe is a well-developed character who captured my attention immediately with her unique talents to “know” the history of antiques and her devotion to her mother. More, Xanthe kept my attention with her grit and determination. And then there’s Samuel (swoon). I liked him immediately and he left an impression with me long after the book was done. My only regret is that I wanted him on even more pages. The story beautifully transports the reader to 17th century England with rich and realistic details that are not so overdone as to make you feel you’re being lectured to. The plot moved at a good pace and kept me eagerly moving from chapter to chapter. My heart broke at the end, so I’m hoping that the ending will be resolved in the next book as this reviewer seriously needs more Samuel.