Anthony Peardew is the “Keeper of Lost Things.” He once lost a keepsake from his fiancée, who died tragically and unexpectedly the same day. He has since made it his mission to rescue lost objects. These objects are cataloged and carefully kept in his house, and he writes and publishes stories about them and their imagined owners.
Near the end of his life, he hires an assistant, Laura, herself a lost thing, recovering from a bitter divorce. When he dies, he leaves her his house and everything in it, with the expressed wish that she finds the owners of the lost things and returns them. Laura finds herself caught up in the lost things, making new friends and a new love. This charming and quirky novel might be just what you are looking for.