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What a sweet novel I m Red Dog, Red Dog fascinated by our ability to suspend our disbeliefor some stories but not Flights for others Even though I could see the puppet strings I still enjoyed this novel very much Even though there were things that I thought were a bit too cutesy too convenient and at times unlikely I still got immersed into the story The majority of the plot takes place in 1976 Lime Street Train Station in Liverpool United Kingdom I must confess that I am extremelyond of railway stations and trains especially of those big old ashioned European Railway Stations I must also confess that even though this is set in England all along I imagined the place looking like the movie set of HUGO and other similar movies I just image googled the place and it looks pretty close to what I was imagining go igure Our unreliable narrator is sixteen year old Martha Lost She works at the Lost and Found Office in Lime Street Station Well her mother is the employee but Martha does most of the work According to Mother she was Cuban Death-Lift found on a trainrom Paris and since nobody claimed her or 90 days Mother claimed her as her own Also Mother raised her to believe that if she was to step outside the Lime Street Station will perish Poor Martha She believes what she s told Despite her mother s strictness Martha makes lemonade out the lemons she was dealt she loves to spin around she loves putting on a French accent Also despite her Mother s disapproval she loves to read and reads everything and anything that lands in the Lost and Found Office because if a book s been ound the least I can do is read it Then it won t Organize Create Discipline: An A-to-Z Guide to an Organized Existence feel lost any longer Mother is a religious nutcase who believes everything is the work of Satan She s manipulative cold and abusiveLuckilyor Martha her tormentor perishes So Martha s left to igure everything out Martha longs to ind out her real identity and her birth parents She s got help rom her dear riend Elisabeth who minds the next door caf and who s always been there I Can Be a Teacher (Barbie) for Martha Other people come into Martha s life The lanky eighteen year old George Harris is also an orphan There is also William a homeless man whom both Elisabeth and Martha take under their protection It turns out William is an orphan as well Theour bec There can t be many writers who can turn an ordinary train station in the centre of a busy city into a magical world of wonder and discovery but Caroline Wallace has done just that The Finding of Martha Lost is a book that I have looked Eggs Benedict Arnold forwardor many many months I heard the author read rom it at the Transworld event last year and was transfixed my gasp as she inished her reading was heard all over the room This story is beautifully told and that gasp was certainly not my lastMartha is a sixteen year old girl who has never left Liverpool s Lime Street station She was ound there and has stayed there The woman who she called Mother always told her that if she left the station it would crumble and be no Mother took Martha in when she was discovered abandoned on the Paris to Liverpool train she gave her a home but she didn t give her any loveDespite that Martha is a joyful inuisitive girl who takes a thrill rom spinning around the station concourse eating lemon drizzle cake rom the station cafe next to the Lost Property office and run by Martha s best riend Elizabeth Martha loves to One Good Life: My Tips, My Wisdom, My Story find things she loves to return them to their owner Martha loves lots of things Martha sees andeels joy in her small world she loves her riend Elizabeth who wears yellow stilettos and the latest ashions who sings along to The Beatles and Cilla Black and protects Martha whilst still allowing her to ind her own wayMartha s skill or inding things and her special magical touch that enables her to know just where a particular item was lost and why soon brings her to the attention of Max Cole an Australian who is on the hunt or the lost ashes of Liverpool legend Mal Evans Everyone in Liverpool knows about Mal the Beatles roadie and mate who was shot dead in America His ashes went missing during the journey home to Liverpool Max Cole claims that he s discovered an old suitcase ull of Beatles memorabilia and inding Mal s urn would make him a very rich manBut Martha needs to ind the one thing that has always eluded her Her identity If she can t ind out just who she really is and where she came Natural Blonde from then she will lose everythingThe Finding of Martha Lost is the heartbreaking yet beautifully imagined story of how Martha begins toind herself Accompanied by George who dresses every day as a Roman soldier and William who smells like a sewer and lives in the underground tunnels under the station and of course by Elizabeth the colourful loving cafe ownerCaroline Wallace has cleverly interwoven the true story of Mal Evans and the missing suitcase into her ictional story of Martha and her missing heritage Underneath Martha s joy and brightness is a startling vulnerability that only someone who has experienced pain could have expressed so beautifully Her characters are all broken yet are ull of hope and belief there is a darkness that overshadows each of them yet as a team they are able to overcome their demons and begin to shine brightlyThis is a book that is written or book lovers and avid readers by a book lover When the reader discovers Martha s hidden book treasures they will eel delight and joy It s like a Scouse Shadow of the Wind the absolute love of the written word shines though and Martha s explanation of how every book has than one story will resonate with everyone that adores books and readingLove being loved and how to love is the theme books and readingLove being loved and how to love is the theme this wonderful story along with abandonment and rediscovery Threaded with true Northern grit and Scouse humour The Finding of Martha Lost is a story that should be savoured enjoyed digested and remembered Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda for a long long timehttprandomthingsthroughmyletterbox We meet Martha a sixteen year old and supposedly Audrey Hepburn lookalike who works at the lost property office at Lime Street station in Liverpool along with Mother Not actually her birth mother though as that s a mystery to Martha who has been lost since she was a baby From the beginning she comes across as a happy hardworking and thoughtful young girl who at times is a little naive perhaps due to not having much of a childhood what with working in the lost property office with little helprom MotherThe story ollows Martha her best riend Elizabeth next door in the coffee shop a Roman soldier and a mystery man hiding in the tunnels under the station as they aid her in the goal of inding out who she is and who she belongs to but importantly documents that prove she is a legitimate person otherwise she may lose everythingAs the story goes along we learn Martha has a special gift relating to the objects she gathers that have been lost by various people here I ind it to be wonderfully airy tale like Every item has a back story some were meant to
Be Lost While Others lost while others t and Martha can t help but yearn Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford for her own story as to how she became lostread the rest of my review here The Finding of Martha Lost is a coming of age tale about a sweet innocent and caring teenage girl who wasound in the station as a baby left in the lost property office but was never claimed Martha grew up in the train station living with the woman she was brought up to call Mother and helping to run the lost property office She never dared to leave the station as Mother told her it would crumble if she did so she would not step outside the station Ready for Summer forear of destroying the only home and people she knewBefore reading this book I never would have thought it possible Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech for a tr We need to talk about how Iound myself A coerência textual feeling about The Finding of Martha LostCause Ior sure am not lost about how I Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller feel about this bookYou could say I aminding myself with uite a strong opinion Enough of the puns Let s talk straight hereThis book had me hyped up about it ever since I got approved Dogs Behaving Badly for it on NetGalley It offered a wonderful premise Martha wasound in an abandoned suitcase in a train station grew up there and needs to First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who've Been There find out who she is as time is pressing Secrets trains and unicorns Okay maybe not the unicorns A little over a week ago I shared a reviewor one of my Books of the Year so ar In Her Wake I spent probably time than was needed deciding what to read next after inishing it because of the effect that book had on me I picked up The Finding of Martha Lost because of an intriguing blurb and because I know Lime Street Station What I wasn t expecting was to come across a book that whilst somewhat different to In Her Wake has had a similar effect on me It is a story I ll never April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers forget one that consumed me whilst I was reading it and one with characters who I think will still be living in my thoughts some months down the line It completely took me by surprise and already I am recommending this book to anybody who will listen I was talking about it to a girl I work with and I was practically hopping on the spot with excitement as I tried to tell her what this book was about without spoiling it too much and that s Martha is lostShe’s been lost since she was a baby abandoned in a suitcase on the trainrom Paris Ever since she’s waited in station lost property or someone to claim her It’s been sixteen years but she’s still hopefulIn the. ,
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Out who she is Helped by the enigmatic Elizabeth her new riends and an anonymous person who communicates via a poster Martha must discover her real identity before she loses everything she s ever knownThe Finding of Martha Lost is a beautiful magical book that somehow manages to be both heart warming and heart breaking The setting of Lime Street station was brilliant and I loved learning about all the secret hidden places that the public don t normally get to see It was lovely to see the sense of community that existed at the station and how everyone ralliued around and stood up Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome for Martha Theact that her riends were all outsiders misfits rom the station too was very heart warming to read about and I really enjoyed reading about Martha s interactions with them Martha is a great highly likeable character who goes on a huge journey throughout the book as she tries to igure out who she is It s not an easy journey or her and parts of it might make you cry but I so wanted her to succeed and have the love she wanted Her love of books was a particularly nice touch and it was nice to read about her thoughts on the books she s read I used to put books I really enjoyed under my pillow too so that part made me smile There were times that she did Space Kid frustrate me though particularly when she still believed mother s lies but overall Iound her a very likeable character that I was sorry to leave at the end of the book I also really liked Elizabeth who was such a strong kind sunny character who was always willing to stick up Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town for other people Her kindness towards Martha and herriends and her efforts to help them ind themselves was beautiful to read about The author cleverly includes some of Liverpool s history into the story which I ound Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water fascinating to read about particularly the Williamson tunnels which I had never heard about I m a huge Beatlean so I loved reading about them and their mysterious roadie Mal Evans I will definitely be Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus finding out about him The ending was lovely and I must confess too having a tear in my eye at the end A great way to end a trulyabulous book This is the author s second book but the Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse first I have read and I lookorward to reading by her Thank you very much to Hannah Bright Transworld Publishers and netgalley Troubled Waters for my proof copy If you like magical coming of age stories you ll love this book I m afraid I was a bit of a bibliomaniac book stalker about this title The world of book lovers are very excited about The Finding of Martha Lost but what really intrigued me was the way all the reviewers and bloggers confessed that they hadound it impossible to review this Young Adult novel they had all struggled to ormulate their responses and define the impact it had made on them Of course they all actually wrote exceptionally elouently and competently about it ar better than I will manage today but I was suddenly desperate to get hold of Wallace s novel and ind out exactly what had left these critics literally lost or wordsNow I have read it I totally understand their reaction How do you write about something so magical inspiring uplifting imaginative uniue and stunning Wallace s command of language is so masterful anything I attempt to put into words will be seriously inferiorThe Finding of Martha Lost is set in 1976 Lime Street Station Liverpool Martha was abandoned as a new born baby in a suitcase on the train rom Paris in 1960 Sixteen years later she still remains hopeful that someone will come to claim her rom the lost property desk where waits the station is her home and she has never ever taken a single step outside of it in all her life As she waits her life continues with mysteries to solve secret tunnels under the station to discover and a suitcase that might have belonged to the Beatles to deal with But Martha wants solve the mystery of who she is and who her birth mother is The authorities have ound out about her hiding out in the station and her time is running out If she can t discover who she really is she will lose everything After all to have your happy ending you have to have your beginningI don t think I ve read a book that is wholly set on a station before but it made me realise how well such a location lends itself to inspiring iction Stations are Owls: Birds of the Night full of people journeys secrets beginnings endings and things that get left behind andorgotten The building itself automatically creates a dramatic stage and Wallace ably evokes the atmosphere so that it is easy to visualise every nook and cranny You Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, feel as if you are standing there pirouetting behind Martha and her group of colourfulriendsIt s not just the setting and situation that are bewitching It is the character of Martha She is curious vivacious loving warm dramatic energetic colourful and out of a Bon Bon Voyage fairy tale She spins and twirls across the platforms oblivious to anything but seeing the best in things Her infectious inuisitiveness seeps out of her highlighting her childishness and naivety Yet her observations about people and the objects in Lost Property indicate a perceptive mind than many adults Such observations often seem uirky and tooairy tale like but in reality they reveal deep insight and awareness Martha also has a special gift When I rub my inger over something that is lost I can tell how the item came to be lost However her real gift her real magic is being able to understand people s truths and hidden emotionsYes this is a book of magic and wonder where airy tales and real life intermingle producing an intoxicating brew which will leave you thirsting or Martha collects books which she arranges by colour to create a rainbow of secrets It is her library of ound books as she wants to collect lost words and let them have a voice She is concerned with showing respect or the books and seeing their beauty Some of the books have inscriptions which tell me a different story to the one in the bookthese words weren t meant or me it s like I ve overheard a secret The inscriptions are a secret message between the book giver and the book receiver the reason A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency for giving a book is another story of its own that interests her than what is printed on the actual pages Now I not only want to give even books as gifts but inscribe every book I will bestow in theutureMartha reflects on stories books and language throughout
The Whole Novel The Wordswhole novel The words and ound are sprinkled across the pages as a constant reminder of Martha s need to ind her birth mother and her own sprinkled across the pages as a constant reminder of Martha s need to ind her birth mother and her own Her responses to books are so innocent yet so original and astute I am jealous of the way in which she is able to view the worldMartha breaks all conventions For example of reading she says Sometimes I think it s ok to meet characters and then create your own story or them If a character is killed or hurt and I m not happy with that I turn back to just before the events took a nasty twist She is surely the most captivating and beautifully imagined character in children s iction that I have come across in a very very long timeAs her search or her birth mother name and National Insurance number continue Martha begins to receive books in the post with inscriptions just or her The books chosen are all brilliant choices to Old Yeller further illustrate the overriding themes of searching of lost andound Flying by the Seat of My Pants: Flight Attendant Adventures on a Wing and a Prayer for example I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Great Expectations and Stranger in a Strange Land And the uotes aboutairy tales scattered between the chapters are eually effective and Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography from eually great literary voices But they are not overly worthy just gently reminding us of the continuation of Martha sairy tale as she picks up the narrative and begins the next partThere is depth to the story than just a world of words and an enchanting sprite It is an exploration of trust On Being Human: Reflections on Life and Living friendship uestions and answers love safety protection being lost and beingound To borrow Martha wise words I wonder if being lost is about waiting to be Frommers Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World foundThe adjectives thatollow The Finding of Martha Lost across Twitter are remarkable astounding compelling endearingly breathtaking hypnotic surreal and simultaneously innocent and wise It s been a while since I ve seen such unrestrained passion over a new novel There were numerous blogs about this book and I can t list them all but three which I elt really captured the essence of Wallace s charming and whimsical book were bookaddictshaun Lindasbookbag and romfirstpagetolast Have a look at their elouent and thoughtful reviews This is a Young Adult novel but the excitement and enthusiasm rom The Adult Reviewers Prove That adult reviewers prove that s iction is pertinent to all ages and a great place to discover talented and innovative writersAs other bloggers also ound this review took ar too long to write and was a real challenge Now as I come to an end I eel bereft at leaving the world of Liverpool Lime Street and Martha s storyBorrowing words rom the book I d like to end by repeating what is said to Martha You bring delight to all who cross your pathI hope you also take the time to delight in Martha and her storyEnormous thanks to NetGalley Hip Pocket Sleaze: The Lurid World of Vintage Adult Paperbacks for an advanced copy of this book in returnor a Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the '86 Mets fair and honest review. That someone keeps misplacingBut there is one mystery Martha cannot solve And now the authorities haveound out about the girl in lost property Time is running out if Martha can’t discover who she really is she will lose everything. .
He problem I have with this review it s such a difficult book to discuss especially when there s so much I want to shout aboutMy opener when discussing this book is to say it s about a girl called Martha Lost who lives in the lost luggage at Lime Street Station Now anybody who has visited Lime Street would ask how a girl could live in such a boxlike structure But The Finding of Martha Lost is set mostly in the 1970 s and rather than the station it is today Caroline Wallace has created the most uniue imaginative and magical place to set a story and in terms of setting alone it s the best I ve read this year and I thought to myself when reading it that I hadn t wished a place was so real and that I could visit it since Hogwarts Even this week I ve been walking through the station and looking at it differently as if those tunnels and passageways that Caroline brought to life in my mind so well are suddenly going to appear and offer me access The character of Martha Lost elt so real that I elt as if I was walking I m not brave enough to spin like Martha does every morning her path and that her legacy somehow lived on through the station For a character to not even Clawback feelictional to eel like someone who actually lived is a rare thing or an author to achieve in a story but Caroline Wallace has with this remarkable piece of workI don t even want to talk about the plot too much because the story unfolds in a way that you really need to know as little as possible about it before you pick it up Martha Lost has been lost since she was a baby told by the woman who took her in Mother that she was abandoned in a suitcase on the train Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America from Paris and since then she s waited in the lost property at Lime Street Stationor someone to claim her Sixteen years later and she s still hopeful Martha is simply the most delightful character with an outlook on life Cooking for Company far beyond her young years and it wasn t that she was written older than she was meant to be but because the life she s led soar has Empire of Sin forced her to grow upast and even then there are numerous moments throughout the book where Martha comes across younger than she s meant to be because of her naivety and because she knows nothing of the outside world because Mother told her the station will crumble if she leaves it And so she builds a life Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China for herself through lost property where she has a uniue ability to touch an item andind out its story and through books and her wonderful best My Wife's Affair friend Elisabeth who runs a cafe on the station and offers advice and encouragement throughout the story to allow Martha the courage and strength toinally Chicken, Chicken, Duck! find out who she really is There are numerous other characters vital to this story but I really think readers should discover themor themselvesCaroline Wallace is a wonderful writer and behind all the magic there s a real story to be had here and it is certainly an emotional one in places as Martha Inspirations finally starts to discover who she really is I couldill this review with some of my avourite uotes rom the book but it was perhaps the ones Move Over, Victoria--I Know the Real Secret: Surrendering the Lies That Bind You to the God Who Frees You from Martha that stuck in my mind the most I read somewhere that mostour year olds smile Slo Mo! four hundred times a day but then by the time they become adults they only smile twenty times a day I m not sure I want to be an adult People are always in a hurry They only realise the worth of something after they lose it Martha Lost isn t a character I could relate to as such but Caroline allows the reader to connect with her to understand her and as the story progressed Ielt as if Martha was offering hope to my own life Showing that there are ways to get through those difficult moments that we sometimes have in life and that s one of the great things about this story I think people are going to take so many different things rom it Martha s love of books is perhaps one of the things book lovers will enjoy most about this book especially when they discover something about where she stores them If I had to compare Martha with somebody I think it would have to be Matilda Both her outlook on life and her upbringing Her passion and love or books practically made the book glow in my hands and what it also did Pirates, Ships, and Sailors for me was make me think about the stories of books beyond the words within them especially second hand books that have been passed around many different peopleI lived and breathed this novel whilst reading it and I was close to bereft when I turned itsinal page Caroline effortlessly captures the era this book is set in and those sights and sounds the music and the city come alive on the page I wasn t ready to leave these characters or the setting behind but thankfully it lives on in my mind and this isn t a book I ll only be reading once but one that I will return to again and again and I can definitely be reading once but one that I will return to again and again and I can definitely it becoming a avourite of mine and I m almost certain it ll be on my Books of the Year list come December It s one I think I ll read again and notice different things and it ll become one of those books where it s like meeting up with old riends The Finding of Martha Lost is a remarkable magical perfect novel that completely took me by surprise and offered me one of the most enjoyable reading experiences and journeys i have ever had experiences
journeys I have ever a book Please if you have this book on your TBR or think you would like to read it do not even hesitate to push it right to the top of the pile because it s a decision you will not regret I have to admit that the cover is one of the reasons that I was drawn to the book and of course the description of the book about a young girl that grows up in a train station after being abandoned in a suitcase 16 year old Martha has been raised by an over religious mother and she is told she can t leave the train station because it would collapse if she did that But when her mother dies everything changes and she needs to War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today find her birth mother to be able to run the lost property place in the train station Then there is the lost suitcase that is said to belong to Mel Evans roadie to the Beatles The Finding of Martha Lost is an interesting and special book about a young girl coming of age Martha has grown up in a train station this is her world and she has never put heroot outside However everything is changing A Boy in Winter for her I loved the whole train station world with its odd charactersrom the old man with the bowler hat living below in the sewers to the young man in a roman costume And Martha is a special girl she can see everything she touches history Frost at Midnight from keys to hockey sticksThe Beatles part of the story was something that I did not completelyall Princess Baby, Night-Night for I was way interested in the train world than what happened with the suitcase and it didn t help that Max Cole the man thatound the suitcase is an unpleasant person that Martha seems to The Pentagon Papers: Making History at the Washington Post fallor He s POV in this book didn t Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution feel interesting I didn t mind the story about Mel Evens but I could not reallyind myself that interested in the storyline with Max and the second half of the story when Max shows up at the train station just On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock felt a little bit less interesting because if that Still it a charming book I just wish I had been a bit taken with the story and perhaps that it would have been a bit magical realism in the story than Martha ability to touch and know things about objects past I want to thank the publisheror providing me with a ree copy or an honest review 5 Words Lost amily love truth lossThis book was ull of wonder and whimsy and I Nini found it only too easy to suspend disbelief and plunge headirst into Martha a magical worldMartha is a bit of a weird one but I Love My Dad (Disney Princess) from her story it s easy to see why She has a bit of an old soul a way of looking at the world that goes past the surface At times she seems so worldly Then something happens and you remember that she isn t she s just this scared little girl who has never even left Lime Street Station neverelt the sun direct on her skinI did like that I was never uite sure of Martha I was never sure what was in her head and what was real what she saw in her visions or with her eyes When she Flight, Vol. 7 first described George Harris I wasn t sure what she truly meant and it was only when properly introduced that I started to trust Martha As insular as Martha s world is the author has put so much into the setting Sights and smells and colours and people The descriptions were sometimes so vivid that I evenelt a bit sick at times sorry William I loved the music and dance and the passion of the characters Except Mal No one likes MalThere are lots of small mysteries but there is also huge a thread of mystery throughout the story and I have to admit that I hadn t worked it out until just a ew paragraphs before the reveal It was a great eeling coming to the same conclusion at the same time as the characterBut what about that suitcase in the basementThis was a wonderful wistful whimsical read an enchanting story Martha Lost is lost Supposedly abandoned on a train rom Paris as a baby she was taken in by a lady she calls mother A very strict almost cruel lady she controls Martha and makes her life miserable When tragedy strikes and acing eviction Martha sets off to ind. Meantime there are mysteries to solve secret tunnels under the station a suitcase that may have belonged to the Beatles the roman soldier who appears at the same time every day with his packed lunch Not to mention the stuffed monkey. ,And Journeys I Have Ever