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Lost and Found

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by Jacqueline Sheehan
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061128646
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/24/2007
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
163,922
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Lost & Found

Chapter One

Bob had left the waxed food carton on the counter the night before and it now smelled of grease and fish. Rocky picked up the box and a puddle of oil pooled beneath it. Her husband ate deep fried food when salted fat was the only way to soothe the layers of accumulated sadness after a day telling a pet owner, "Your dog has had a good long life and this cancer won't be cured by surgery or chemo. Her kidneys are failing. What would you like me to do?" She knew from looking at the contents of the food container that Bob's day had gone badly yesterday and that his mumbled response to her as he got into bed was a result of self-medication with the worst sort of fast food. "They only change the grease in that place once every week," she warned him.

They had traveled to Ireland one year and the highlight of the trip for Bob had been learning that the Irish had a polite form of a well-worn expletive that was cleverly one letter off. The first time he heard a storekeeper in Sligo say "Oh feck!" Bob perked up. "Feck?" he asked. "Is that something you can say around your mother?"

"'Tis, as long as you don't say it about her, if you get what I mean. But don't you dare say 'fook' around Herself," he explained, pronouncing the expletive with an Irish lilt. Ever since then, Bob said the world was fecked if he was mildly peeved. He mostly said it to his patients, cats and dogs, who came to him. "Why, that's a fecking shame, Simon, but antibiotics will clear that right up." But if he was massively indignant, the world was completely fooked. When he was sad from too many old golden retrievers looking at him with dreamy-eyedforgiveness as he injected them with death, he went to get "fooking fake fried clams at Johnny's Drive-In."

Rocky tossed the white container into the garbage. She was on her way to the university, but remembered her promise to order new socks for them to wear at night as they scuffed about the house. She was annoyed that he had been so insistent and it was only the first week of May. Why couldn't he take time to make the call? And why now? The semester would be over in ten days, then she'd have time for this, not now. She began lining up her points for the argument that she planned to have about Bob assuming that she should call. They would have the argument over dinner.

She picked up the cordless phone and punched in the 800 number for Lands' End, when she heard the thick sound from the upstairs bathroom. She pictured Bob brushing his teeth, peeing a coffee-scented stream into the toilet, shaving his face, but none of those predictable morning rituals accounted for the sound.

"Good morning. This is Priscilla. Let's start with your catalogue number," said the voice on the phone. Rocky hit the off button and climbed the stairs, head cocked to one side, listening for another sound to explain the first one. She held on to the phone in her right hand as she mounted the stairs and went through the doorway into their bedroom.

She called to her husband and the hollowness of the house hit her beneath her ribs. "Bob, are you okay in there? Did you drop something?" She tried to open the bathroom door but something was wedged against it, letting her open it only an inch. There was nothing else in the bathroom other than Bob that could provide such resistance. Had he fainted? She shoved the door open, inching his body back and wondering if she should call 911, or would she look foolish if he'd only gone dizzy for a minute? When the door was open wide enough to stick her head in, she saw his open-eyed stare and punched 911 into the phone. Then she flexed her legs and heaved all her weight against the door and entered the bathroom with such velocity that the latch of the old door caught at her pants, ripping them at her thigh, grabbing at her skin. She dropped to the floor and put two fingers of her left hand on his neck. Rocky had been a lifeguard since high school, through college and grad school. Her old bathing-suited self, ten years younger, dropped down from the white lifeguard chair. Someone answered the phone and Rocky put the phone near Bob's head so that she could shout her replies. "No, he's not breathing. Yes, I know CPR. No, I'm not going to keep listening to you. I'm doing it now; I'm doing the CPR. Just get someone here fast. Please."

She breathed into him, first tilting back his head, closing off his nose, then sealing his lips with hers and blowing air into his mouth, keeping her left eye open to see if his chest rose. She tasted mint toothpaste. There was shaving cream on his neck, the part that Bob hated shaving, so he saved it until last. Her brain stopped working except to think things like, The front door is open because I let the cat out. The ambulance guys can get in, so I won't have to stop breathing for Bob. Her body took over. She pressed the heel of her hand slightly to the left of his breastbone and met with surprising resistance. Bob's chest was suddenly unyielding and without the fluid grace of his big easiness. Rocky had never pressed this hard on him for any reason. Five compressions, another breath, was this right? She looked at her watch, how much time had gone by? She should have run up the stairs instead of walk. How long had he not been breathing? His wonderful brain needed blood. Where the hell was the ambulance? She did not want to be the one compressing his heart and breathing into his lungs, someone more experienced, more medical should be doing this. In all her summers of life guarding she had never really done CPR on a victim, and now she wondered if she ever knew how.

Lost & Found. Copyright © by Jacqueline Sheehan. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Sheehan, Ph.D., is a fiction writer and essayist, the bestselling author of the novels Lost & Found and Now & Then. Currently on the faculty of Writers in Progress and Grub Street in Massachusetts, she also offers international workshops on the combination of yoga and writing. She writes travel articles about lesser-known destinations and lives in Massachusetts.

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Lost and Found 4 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 302 reviews.
lhutch More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest and admit that I love dogs and picked up this book, prompted by the cover. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. I've never read anything by this author, but the writing is so smooth and effortless to read, enhanced by touching characters, human as well as animal. The story leads up to an exciting ending, while giving you plenty of time to connect with the characters. All in all, I would highly recommend this book and am in the process of looking for other books by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that I stopped working for an hour to finish reading it--thankfully, I work from home sometimes. I loved the variety of characters and the various story lines. Not only was it a wonderful story about the human-animal bond, but it also was a good mystery. I also really liked the switch up with a chapter in the voice of the dog--for anyone that lives with and loves a dog, you absolutely know that they think about more things than just the next treat. This is one of the books that I will keep and not permanently give away.
Brenna83 More than 1 year ago
This book was an easy read and hard to put down. This is great for an animal lover especially a dog lover. Its a tear jerker too. Great gift for your dog lover friends.
Labtails More than 1 year ago
As an owner of two Labradors I loved the manner in which Jacqueline Sheehan was brave enough to allow for the dogs point of view. I often wonder what my dogs must be thinking as their eyebrows raise or forrow. The story moved along quickly and yet offered depth of character. It was a great read from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as The Art of Racing In The Rain, but still a good read if you are a dog lover. There is enough mystery to keep you giessing to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprising story about a woman and a dog,and how caring for an animal can bring someone back to loving again after a tragic loss. Not run of the mill characters or plot, a most engaging story with a few twists and turns that are quite unexpected.
Ice_Would_Suffice More than 1 year ago
This book was one of those that you think its gonna go one way and it actually does. Lloyd/Cooper play a major role in healing everyone else while her himself is healing. Really poignant last line that leaves you with a feeling that everything worked out just fine. Really well written and emotional. My only beef with this story is that Hill isn't more present in rocky's life. Overall really good!!
StylinSixty More than 1 year ago
How does one go on when a partner is suddenly lost? It's simple. One doesn't. Life, as it was known, has been deconstructed so either is must be reconstructed in another form or cease to be at all. Without stepping over into cloying sentimentality or operatic angst, Ms. Sheehan allows us to walk with two creatures sharing the journey of reconstructing their lives after losing their partners; one a woman and the other a dog. I admit that I am a dog fanatic and that I avoid books and movies with dogs since being badly traumatized by "Old Yeller" as a child. This dog, however, is so respectfully and beautifully drawn, as anyone who has an intimate relationship with a dog will appreciate, that I made an exception and I am so glad that I did. His thoughts are presented, skirting anthropomorphism carefully. The cast of supporting characters are not beautiful, rich or unbearably clever, but rather are people who I believed and enjoyed getting to know. There is suspense and a suggestion of romance, but it is the relationships and how they work to aid in the reconstruction of those lives that makes this book special.
Lyn52 More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I couldn't get into this book. I read the first 86 pages and still didn't feel that anything about the book or it's characters was interesting enough to finish it. I rarely do that with a book, but this just wasn't good enough to spend the time reading it. Books are so personal, and this is only one review. Obviously, many others liked it.
Tanya2011 More than 1 year ago
I won a copy of the sequel to this book and decided to read the first one so I would know the characters. I enjoyed both books. I love books about animals and their human companions. Picture This comes out soon so don't miss out on Rocky and Cooper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an effortless read. The whole story is revolved around a woman learning to move on after the unexpected death of her husband. The little details are what make this book so great. It shows that an animals' love can heal the most broken of hearts and show you how life keeps going. It also has a classic mystery that evolves around the dog and tugs at your heart strings. I would of given it a full five stars but some parts dragged out for me. Still a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book turned out to be much more than I anticipated it would be from reading the synopsis and glancing through the reviws. There were several sub-plots...Rocky's grief, Melissa's issues, Liz and her death, the mystery surrounding Lloyd's injury... all of which brought to life a delightful cast of characters and a story I didn't want to end! I will definately read the next book about Rocky and Lloyd once it is released. Well worth the read!
Jill Neider More than 1 year ago
I was so caught up in this story I couldn't put it down or stop thinking of each and every character feeling so connected to them. The details and depth of feelings, emotions are wonderfully portryed and blended. I laughed, cried and hoped, thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to the cover, I admit, can't resist that dog's expression! But was very absorbed by the story and really enjoyed it! We have 3 dogs and a farm full of other creatures! All of whom, I swear, sometimes talk to me. Anyone with a dog knows the incredible relationship you can have with this best friend.I highly recommend this book. I also want to mention a book that I bought for my daughter called, Smitty's Cave Adventures .I read some great reviews about it and she read this easy read in just one day. She loved it ! A real thriller! So here are 2 books we can recommend for your summer reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down. Excellent read
lismar23 More than 1 year ago
As a dog lover, needless to say, I was drawn in by the cover. But what I found inside was an incredible story about a woman who struggles with a recent loss of a loved one and finds herself in a new vocation she couldn't have predicted, spending time with people whom she'd not thought would become some of her closest friends. There is also an interesting twist at the end that made it all the more enjoyable as it was somewhat unexpected. I was touched by this book and it's a fast read. Highly recommended.
Readinista More than 1 year ago
A family member shared Lost & Found with me and upon first glance, I didn¿t have very high expectations. I thought it was going to be a fluffy beach read about a cute dog. In reality, this book is far from fluffy (well, except for maybe the black Labrador Retriever). Instead of fluff, Lost & Found featured characters working through real life issues ranging from grieving with the death of a loved one to anorexia to marital separation. All the while, a lovable lost dog weaves the characters¿ lives together in an unexpected way and helps each one find themselves again. Rocky is a psychologist and happily married to her husband Bob, until he passes away suddenly at the age of 42. Shocked by his abrupt death, Rocky is engulfed by grief and finds herself lost in her life without him. After a few months living as a shadow of her real self, Rocky leaves her job for a year and moves to an island off the coast of Maine. There, she feels safe from those who know her and far away from all the things that can remind her of her husband. On this island, she finds a new job, new friends, and a dog that helps her put her life back together again. Lost and Found slowly worked it¿s way into my heart. Although it took a few chapters to really hook me in, it soon took off and it was hard to put it down. The dog was my favorite character and I liked how he occasionally got to tell the story from his perspective. My only compliant about the book is that Rocky would sometimes act very odd and make strange decisions. She was often irrationally emotional, which seemed odd to me since she was a psychologist. In some cases, I wasn¿t sure how her actions helped the story develop and in my opinion would have made the book better if they were left out. I also longed for the tiny romance in the story to be a little more developed, sigh. However, I understand that the romance wasn¿t the focal point of the story. Overall, Lost and Found was a sweet story that showed how our relationships to dogs help us find love and friendship and discover ourselves all over again. Despite this familiar theme, it was a distinctly unique story with characters unlike any I¿ve encountered before. I highly recommend Lost and Found if you are looking for a beach or travel read.
mfelts More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is honestly one of those novels that makes you take a step back and look at life in a whole new prospective. I must of cried at least three times and then my heart was filled with joy at all of the characters developments. It's a must read, especially if you love dogs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for teenagers, it also would help with anorexia pacients. the story ended up well. I thought that COOPER would find his way home after Liz's parents took him home but was happy that they finally brought him back!!
blondielaw More than 1 year ago
I have to first say I am a sucker for a dog in a story...this one was ok - not the best, not the worst. Keeps your interest but not a page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was well-written with nicely layered characters. One of those books you don't want to finish and whose characters stay with you. Good, intelligent plot with just enough mystery to it. Peppered with insight, information and food for thought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick, easy read. I love animal stories but lost my beloved dog and can't read anything sad happening to any animal anymore. This was perfect!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't go wrong with a story about islands, beaches & Labs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and was almost unable to put it down.  My first book by this author but not my last.  She has a way with words that really draws the reader in.  I highly recommend it.
Minnesota_knitter More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by Jacqueline Sheehan - and it took a couple of chapters to get used to her style, but I love it! I'm a dog fan but this book is so much more. This is not just another "dog story". It is a combination of many genres of writing. Try it - you just may like it!!