#BookReview: Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan

Here's my "They Call It Puppy Love" entry review:


Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan
General Fiction 
Released October 2009
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A poignant and unforgettable tale of love, loss, and moving on . . . with the help of one not-so-little dog

Rocky's husband Bob was just forty-two when she discovered him lying cold and lifeless on the bathroom floor . . . and Rocky's world changed forever. Quitting her job, chopping off all her hair, she leaves Massachusetts—reinventing her past and taking a job as Animal Control Warden on Peak's Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine and a million miles away from everything she's lost. She leaves her career as a psychologist behind, only to find friendship with a woman whose brain misfires in the most wonderful way and a young girl who is trying to disappear. Rocky, a quirky and fallible character, discovers the healing process to be agonizingly slow.

But then she meets Lloyd.

A large black Labrador retriever, Lloyd enters Rocky's world with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder. And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and a wounded, lovable beast. As the unraveling mystery of Lloyd's accident and missing owner leads Rocky to an archery instructor who draws her in even as she finds every reason to mistrust him, she discovers the life-altering revelation that grief can be transformed . . . and joy does exist in unexpected places.

My Thoughts:

This book has been sitting on the top of my tbr pile forever so I was finally glad to be given an excuse to ignore my ARC's for a little bit longer and give it a read for Barb's "They Call It Puppy Love Challenge."


This book was dripping in sadness and grief. It didn’t make me weepy or a sobbing mess but I did read it with a constant pain in my chest almost the entire time. First it was for Rocky and then it was for Lloyd and later it was for the both of them! I wasn’t quite expecting to have this reaction but dog books can do that to me.

Things start out on a sad note when the author throws you headfirst into the life and grief of Rocky who has recently lost her husband to a heart attack far too early. It’s sad and her recollections of her beloved Bob are often quite funny which makes the grief hit you all that much harder. Unable to stick around in the house where she and Bob shared a life, she decides to leave her career and her life completely behind and hops a ferry in Portland, Maine and heads to Peaks Island to mourn. She reinvents herself on the island and impulsively becomes the new Animal Control Warden.

I’ve been to Peaks and it is a little slice of yesterday and I enjoyed reading about life on the island and the descriptions almost make you feel like you are right there with Rocky. The rest of the book follows Rocky through her grieving process as she meets new people and becomes invested in the life of an injured stray dog with sad eyes she names Lloyd. You can guess what happens between Rocky and Lloyd, right? But all doesn’t go smoothly nor does it go sweetly. Lloyd has a history that Rocky is soon sorry she’s delved into. There’s a little mystery and a lot of quirky character building. It’s a little slow here and there and took me longer to finish than it should have but I’m not sorry I read it. If you’re a dog lover you might want to put this on your list.

“He is dog. 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. “


Thanks for hosting this fun Challenge, Barb!

Comments

  1. I'm glad you liked this one. If I remember correctly, this is the book where Lloyd sleeps on the bed with her eventually and when he is touching her, she feels like she sleeps better. Are you going to pick up the sequel?

    Thanks for participating and I've decided to do this yearly now (partly because I'm so proud of my graphic I just have to use it again!).

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    1. Yep, that's the one! Those two were so sweet together. I haven't picked up the next one. Does Lloyd/Cooper die? I'm deathly afraid that might be the case. Most of these dog books gut me that way.

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    2. Wish I could tell you but I've not read it for the same fear.

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    3. I'll have to do some investigating first :)

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  2. Such a great cover! How could anyone resist that face? :)

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  3. I have this one too and now I must read it. The blurb is moving and so is your review:)

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  4. If that cute doggy face was begging you for a treat, how could you say no?!!

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    1. There is no way to say no to a face like that :)

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  5. I have such a hard time reading about animals. They absolutely can't die of course but also - I hate reading about the wacky adventures of *bad* dogs. I've worked with animals for too long and I get super judgmental lol

    This sounds good though even if it was difficult to read a times.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I am always afraid to start an animal book. I just can't deal with getting to know and love a dog/cat and then having them killed off by the end. That's not my idea of a good time. Lloyd doesn't die here, thank goodness but the grief just dripped off the pages. I wasn't prepared for that.

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  6. I thought this looked familiar so I check and it has been on my kindle since 2012. I should dust it off and read it because it sounds really good.

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    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it Carole. It's a little sad and quirky but I'm glad I read it.

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