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Ruth Hogan

Biography

Ruth Hogan

Ruth Hogan describes herself as a “rapacious reader, writer, and incorrigible magpie” whose own love of small treasures and curiosities and the people around her inspired her first novel, THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS. She lives north of London.

Ruth Hogan

Books by Ruth Hogan

by Ruth Hogan - Fiction, Friendship, Women's Fiction

For 50 years, Venetia Hargreaves’s world revolved around her husband. Now Venetia’s a wealthy widow left with a beautiful but empty home, an enviable bank balance and a distinct feeling that she missed the boat. So, at 74 years of age, Venetia declares her independence, first with a makeover and then by adopting a new dog. But something is still missing...until on one of her dog walks by the river she passes by a building she remembers all too well. Eager to revive at least one meaningful thing from her past, Venetia buys the Phoenix Ballroom, and finds a supportive and loving community of lost souls who become a delightful multigenerational family-by-choice.

by Ruth Hogan - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Madame Burova --- beloved Tarot reader, palmist and clairvoyant --- is retiring and leaving her booth on the Brighton seafront. After a lifetime of keeping other people’s secrets, she is ready to have a little piece of life for herself. But she still has one last thing to do --- to fulfill a promise made in the 1970s, when she and her girlfriends were carefree, with their whole lives still before them. In London, it is time for another woman to make a fresh start. Billie has lost her university job, her marriage and her place in the world when a sudden and unlikely discovery leaves her very identity in question. Determined to find answers, she must follow a trail…which leads to Brighton, the pier and directly to Madame Burova’s door.

by Ruth Hogan - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, Masha's life was forever changed by a tragic event 12 years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds comfort in her faithful canine companion Haizum, and peace in the quiet lanes of her town's swimming pool. Almost without her realizing it, her life has shuddered to a halt. It’s only when Masha begins an unlikely friendship with the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice and a penchant for saying just what she means, that a new world of possibilities opens up: new friendships, new opportunities and even a chance for new love. But just as Masha dares to imagine the future, her past comes roaring back.

by Ruth Hogan - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl. When her beloved father suddenly disappeared, she and her mother moved into Queenie Malone’s magnificent Paradise Hotel in Brighton. But then Tilly was dealt another shattering blow when her mother sent her off to boarding school with little explanation and no warning. Now an adult, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother’s unaccountable cruelty. When her estranged mother dies, Tilda returns to Brighton and the home she loved best. With the help of the still-dazzling Queenie, she sets about unraveling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel, only to discover that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all.

by Ruth Hogan - Fiction

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects --- the things others have dropped, misplaced or accidentally left behind --- and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life's mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.