The Finding Of Martha Lost
by Caroline Wallace
She’s been lost since she was a baby, abandoned in a suitcase on the train from Paris. Ever since, she’s waited in station lost property for someone to claim her. It’s been sixteen years, but she’s still hopeful.
In the 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 that someone keeps misplacing.
But there is one mystery Martha cannot solve. And now the authorities have found out about the girl in lost property. Time is running out – if Martha can’t discover who she really is, she will lose everything…
Martha lives in Lime Street Station, Liverpool. She is 16 years old and has never left the station. She was left at the lost property office as a baby and sat there for 90 days waiting to be claimed. When no-one came forward, in stepped ‘Mother’, an emotionally abusive woman who brought Martha up to believe she was the devil incarnate and that if she should ever try to walk out of the station it will crumble behind her.
Martha knows nothing of her identity, but when the authorities become aware of her, she must find out exactly who she is or she will lose her home and her job. Working in the Lost Property Office, Martha is the best finder of lost things, but will she she be able to find herself before it’s too late?
Martha is the the most wonderful character who steals your heart from the minute she spins into your life. She has hopes and dreams, she is loving and kind, and also, understandably, a little naive.
Lucky for her she has Elisabeth looking out for her. Her friend owns the cafe next door on the station and is always on hand with a cake or two when needed. Elisabeth is another brilliant character, trying her best to look after Martha, even when she thinks she doesn’t need it.
Martha and Elisabeth befriend George Harris, who dresses as a Roman Soldier, and William, who lives in the tunnels beneath the station. The four of them come together to try to solve the mystery of Martha’s identity as well as other mysteries; such as a treasure trove found by Aussie, Max Cole, but belonging to Mal Evans, former roadie of the Beatles. This true story is beautifully interwoven into Martha’s tale and brings Liverpool and the Beatles era to life incredibly well.
I absolutely adored this book, its empathy and warmth is evident on each page. it is truly a piece of magical storytelling that should not be missed.
Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy via Netgalley.