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Lost and Found – Book Review

lostfound.jpg His life is ocean, stick, ball, sand, grass, ride in the truck, sleep by the bed, look deep into the eyes of humans, lure them outdoors, greet them with a burst of joy when they come home, love them. Fill this brief life with more. And more. -From Lost and Found-

When Rocky’s husband Bob dies suddenly at the age of forty-two, Rocky’s life is blown apart. Faced with the dark force of grief and unable to cope with her life as a psychologist, she flees from her home in Massachusetts to the isolated, wind-blown beaches of Peak’s Island, Maine. Rocky quickly finds a part-time job working as an Animal Control Warden, filling her long days with cat rescues and trapping skunks. Her wish is to bury her painful losses, but it is not long before she meets Tess (a retired physical therapist who views the world in a rainbow of colors), Isaiah (her boss who is a former minister), Melissa (a teenager hiding an eating disorder), and Hill (an archery instructor whose life may not be all it seems). These characters become part of Rocky’s everyday life on the island, gently prying her loose from her heartache. But it is her encounter with a stray black lab who has been shot with an arrow which will change her life forever.

Jacqueline Sheehan has crafted a novel which explores the depths of grief and loss, and the slow process of recovery. She weaves a story filled with mystery and suspense, but more importantly one which tenderly reveals the magical bond between human and animal. Sheehan’s characters create an authentic presence in the story, making the reader believe in the complex situations of their lives. She successfully gives the dog, Lloyd, a point of view which is at once touching and all too real.

Lost and Found is a book which will resonate with anyone who has suffered a loss or struggled with difficult issues; but it will especially touch the hearts of dog lovers. I gulped down this book in two sittings in less than a 24 hour period. I was simply tugged into the story and unable to let it go.

Highly recommended; stars4h.gif

13 Comments

  1. April 21, 2008    

    This sounds tempting, especially now that my own personal loss is not quite so fresh. (I’m never quite sure which “grief” book will be too much.) And, I’m a dog lover! Thanks for the review. Somehow, this one slipped under my radar.

  2. April 23, 2008    

    Yay! I snagged a copy of this at HalfPrice Books yesterday. It’s going to the top of my TBR stack. 🙂

  3. April 23, 2008    

    Oh Goodness, is this my sort of book or is this my sort of book? I would cry my way through it from beginning to end. What I wouldn’t give for a black Lab.

  4. April 23, 2008    

    Les: I thought the grief was handled well in the book – much sensitivity and hope and showing how with time the grief lessens and becomes easier to deal with; also the incredible healing power of animals. I think it is a book which is not overly tough to read (except for maybe the first couple of chapters). I’ll look forward to hearing what you think after you read it…

    Ann: *laughs* you sound like me. Although my favorite breed is a German Shepherd, followed closely by a Golden Retriever. Actually – I love all dogs…actually all animals (except skunks which have sprayed my dogs one too many times!). Hope you’ll read this one and enjoy it!

  5. Linda Sheehan Linda Sheehan
    April 23, 2008    

    Hey Wenchie…this is somewhat reminiscent of Three Dog Life, which I loved and was not depressing at all, even though it dealt with loss. Also of A Year by the Sea which did not deal with the loss of a spouse but a marriage falling apart. I will definitely read this one. Thanks for the review. Linda@MostlyBooks.

  6. April 23, 2008    

    I will most definitely put this one on my list! Thanks for another great review!

  7. April 23, 2008    

    Linda: I’ve never read Three Dog Life or A Year by the Sea*makes note to put them on the wish list!* Hope you enjoy this one – it is so good!

    RR: You’re welcome 🙂

  8. dew dew
    April 24, 2008    

    I’m interested in books about grief and loss. And I like that she’s a psychologist and has a hard time with her job, because sometimes a job in which you help people helps you deal with your loss, and sometimes it’s just overwhelming. And the same person might have both reactions, one on one day, another on another day.

  9. April 25, 2008    

    It sounds good. I’m adding it to my TBR!

  10. April 26, 2008    

    I’ve seen this one at the store a lot recently and I think maybe my sister read it? Anyway…how can you resist the picture of the puppy! That alone makes me want to read the book (I’m more of a cat person than dog, but I love our [hubby’s] chocolate lab just as much as my cat).

  11. April 26, 2008    

    Dew: I agree – working in a job where you are giving to other people all the time often makes your own grief harder to bear…or you feel you are not allowed your grief because you are supposed to be helping others with theirs.

    Jeane: I think you’ll like it 🙂

    Trish: *laughs* I have to admit, I bought it for the cover…but it lived up to my expectations!

  12. April 26, 2008    

    Another great review Wendy! Of course it has to go on my TBR, because of the dog lover that I am.

  13. April 26, 2008    

    Thanks again, Teddy – oh, if you’re a dog lover than this is a must read 🙂

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