Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people—though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible.
All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend—her grandmother Zelda—who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda’s past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever.
From the beginning of The Library of Lost and Found, we are brought into the inner world of Martha Storm as she finds herself immersed in numerous tasks for others. Keeping busy seems to be her way of doing good, and perhaps it is a way to fill in the gaps in her family life. She has no husband or lover, although we do learn about a former fiance she planned to marry years before, but whom she lost when she chose taking care of her parents over going to the states with him. Did her self-sacrifice stem from some missing pieces in her family life? Did her call to duty develop due to her losses?
Grandmother Zelda played a huge role in Martha’s life, whereas her father’s voice in her head scolding her for various actions appeared to drive her choices when she no longer had her grandmother assisting her. Zelda’s mysterious “death” was definitely a turning point for her.
But then something happens in the present in the form of a mysterious book, and suddenly everything begins to change. I liked how Martha seemed to grow a spine and stand up for herself, and I especially wanted her to do so when it came to her sister, who constantly abused Martha’s need to help.
This book kept me rapidly turning pages because I enjoyed watching Martha grow and change, and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen to her next. 5 stars.