She found your book!

A Chilliwack resident is hoping to locate a Cloverdale woman who lost everything in a fire.

A Chilliwack resident is hoping to locate a Cloverdale woman who lost everything in a fire – including a favourite book.

Good Samaritan Phyllis Stearn says she bumped into the woman a few weeks ago, at the Value Village second hand store in Langley, where they were both perusing the used book section.

“We just got talking, as book lovers do,” says Stearn, a book lover and school library volunteer.

The woman said she’d lost everything in a fire at her previous residence in Victoria, including her book collection. “They were all gone,” Stearn says.

“She asked me if I knew one author, and I said no, but it sounded familiar,” Stearn recalls.

“Just jokingly, I said, ‘If I find it, I’ll put a ‘found book’ ad in the paper.’”After they parted, Stearn had trouble forgetting about the young woman’s request.  “For some reason, I just wanted to look for it.”

While browsing online, she came across the title of the 2006 novel in question.

“I was able to find it plus some others I was looking for, and I picked them up today.”

Now, Stearn is hoping to locate the woman. The trouble is, she doesn’t know her name, or have her contact information. All she knows is she lives in Cloverdale, is 27 years old, and has dark hair.

To the young woman who lost everything, please call 604-858-8153 (note: It’s long distance to Chilliwack).

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