Paula Brackston is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter, The Winter Witch, The Midnight Witch, The Silver Witch, and The Return of the Witch. She has a master's degree in creative writing from Lancaster University in the UK. She lives in Wales with her family.
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. --Publishers Weekly Fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander collection will delight in Brackston's new series and eagerly await its second installment. A bewitching tale of love across centuries. --Kirkus Review A solid, enjoyable read with a hint of magical time travel. --Booklist Brimming with charm and charisma... Fans of Outlander will rejoice! --Woman's World Magazine Ms. Brackston skillfully provides readers with a neat mystery-within-a-mystery, stuffed with historical details which place us in the scene, and a steady pace which keeps us reading. Xanthe is a winning, realistic heroine, with a promising future in a new series proposed by Ms. Brackston. Thumbs up for The Little Shop of Found Things! --Historical Novel Society Paula Brackston gives us a delicious escape to a vividly-imagined 17th century England. Sweet and haunting, The Little Shop of Found Things will remind readers of Daphne du Maurier with perhaps a hint of Nancy Drew. --Emily Croy Barker, author of The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
After staying up late finishing The Little Shop of Found Things, I had to write to tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! I found myself a little upset when it ended, because I definitely want to know what happens to Xanthe, and if she will make her way back to Samuel. As I was reading it, I could not wait to steal a few moments here and there to be able to read and immerse myself back in the story. How badly I felt for Alice, and silently begged her to just tell where the items were! I was surprised that I even found myself having empathy for Mistress Lovewell, even though she was very disagreeable! As a mother, I could imagine that I would have done anything to protect my family! I loved that she left the flashlight. I can not wait to recommend it to our adult readers at the store! --Kimberly Cake, Enchanted Passage bookstore (Sutton, MA) Paula Brackston is back with what's sure to be one of her most beloved titles yet! Xanthe has a special ability to 'feel' an item's history and the emotions attached to it from its previous owner. This gift brings Zanthe back in time to the 1600s where she meets the love of her life, Samuel. Separated by centuries, will they find their way back to each other? Here's hoping this new series will provide the answer. Highly recommended. --Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library (Lockport, NY) The Little Shop of Found Things is a delightful time-travel story with just the right amount of romance and mystery to be a truly engaging read. --Book Junkie Reviews blog What a wonderful start to this new series by Paula Brackston with a unique and interesting foundation to magic and time travel. --Carrie Book Reviews blog I recommend this book to readers of historical romance and readers who loved the Outlander series. --The Book Was Better blog An enjoyable escapist read. --Lit Loving Mom blog This is such a promising start to a new series. It's historical and mysterious and suspenseful and magical all at the same time. The author has a true gift for these kinds of stories. I can't wait for the next one! --Random Book Muses blog If you like magical realism, novels with time travel or are an Outlander fan I would recommend this novel for sure. --Book Gal blog