A Place Called Here

A Place Called Here

Book - 2007
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Every wondered where the lost things go? A redemptive and captivating novel from the bestselling author

Since Sandy Shortt's childhood schoolmate disappeared twenty years ago, Sandy has been obsessed with missing things. Finding becomes her goal - whether it's the odd sock that vanished in the washing machine, the car keys she misplaced in her rush to get to work or the graver issue of finding the people who vanish from their lives. Sandy dedicates her life to finding these missing people, offering devastated families a flicker of hope.

Jack Ruttle is one of those desperate people. It's been a year since his brother Donal vanished into thin air and the sleepless nights and frantic days aren't getting any easier. He thinks Sandy Shortt could well be the answer to his prayers.

But when Sandy goes missing too, her search ends when she stumbles upon the place - and people - she's been looking for all of her life. A world away from her loved ones and the home she ran from for so long, Sandy soon resorts to her old habit again, searching. Though this time, she is desperately trying to find her way home...

Publisher: London : Harper, 2007, c2006
ISBN: 9780007258871
Branch Call Number: PB A
Characteristics: 485 p. ;,18 cm

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Chapel_Hill_TracyB Apr 27, 2018

As Ahern always is, delightful. A touch of magical realism, a smattering of romance, and even a bit of mystery. Sandy is unique and so interesting, different from anyone I've met. Why is it so important that she know what happened to her neighbor who went missing at 10 years old? Her obsession with missing things is unusual and yet familiar to anyone who has found themselves obsessed with something. And Jack, the person Sandy is currently trying to help find a missing loved one, has been drawn so that the reader truly feels his loss. Sandy thinks she's found a lot of answers when she stumbles into the place where many missing items and people have gone, but it really just prompts a lot more questions. This one does require a little patience, as it takes a while to learn who Sandy is, and her history is revealed in bits and bobs throughout a novel that isn't full of action. But meeting Sandy and Jack and imagining what might have happened to all those things and people we've lost over the years is totally worth it.

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Blabbermouth
Jan 30, 2016

Do like this author but did not like this book. Thought it was a bit silly really. There was a place where missing things end up. Should have been labelled "fantasy".

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star20rkb
Dec 18, 2014

Cecelia Ahern is a newly discovered author for me. All her tales carry a bit of magic in them. This one as well as all of her others is set in Ireland with a cast of wonderful characters. I recommend that you get her books in audio format because the readers all have wonderful Irish accents and I think you'd lose some of the magic without them. Loved this story and the idea of a place where missing things go.

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jsand67
May 13, 2012

I love her writing. Sweet, whimsical, interesting. Great book.

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craftycat
Aug 12, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed the imaginative plot of this novel. The author takes you on a very unexpected adventure. It was a refreshing read that I would highly recommend.

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FaithA
Jun 23, 2011

REALLY enjoyed this novel. Had a hard time putting it down, and was constantly thinking about it and reliving parts of the storyline when I wasn't reading. Really strong characters, REALLY really well written. I loved how Ahern kept weaving us back in and out of the story, presenting us with parts of the past and parts of the secondary plotline. Definitely one of my favourites of Ahern's. Will probably read it again. Only sad part is that Sandy didn't end up bringing anyone back home with her. Would have given it a full 5 stars but sometimes Ahern would be a bit too lengthy in her descriptions and I felt it hard to envision as well as read so I often skipped it when it had no bearing on the overall story.

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Allison1980
Jan 19, 2011

Great book and if you are a fan of Cecelia Ahern then pick it up.

Readforlife Jun 08, 2010

Quirky characters as well as story line. Thoughtful and compelling, this book tells the story of losing things in life...and how we deal with them. This is probably my favorite of Cecelia's offerings so far.

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