A Piece of the Puzzle by Ruth Hogan – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Ruth Hogan to the blog. Ruth’s debut novel, The Keeper of Lost Things is published today, 26 January 2017 by Two Roads.

I loved The Keeper of Lost Things, a charming story of love, loss and friendship. You can read my review here.

Here Ruth talks about the first thing she found, the piece that started her collection of lost things and which inspired the book.


So, this is where it all began. This was the first thing I found and it was this jigsaw puzzle piece that inspired the first of the short stories in the novel. I picked it up from the gutter when I was still working part-time as a receptionist and had gone out at lunch time for a stroll and a breath of fresh air. I surprised myself with the story that so quickly came to mind about Gladys and her shocking sister, Maud. I used to love doing jigsaw puzzles when I was a little girl, and once when I was tackling a particularly large one, a female relative was visiting and put one of the pieces in its rightful place. I remember being furious, particularly as she told me that I couldn’t claim to have done it all by myself once it was completed, because she had helped me. But an author’s store of memories is a rich resource, and I’m thankful to her now (well, almost!)

About the book:

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life lovingly collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.

Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.
But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters…

With an unforgettable cast of characters that includes young girls with special powers, handsome gardeners, irritable ghosts and an array of irresistible four-legged friends, The Keeper of Lost Things is a debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that will leave you bereft once you’ve finished reading.

The Keeper of Lost Things is out now, priced £16.99, published by Two Roads books

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