Lost & Found [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061748684
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 34,690
  • File size: 695 KB

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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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Wonderful read

    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.

    49 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2008

    Loved the Characters

    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.

    22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    Lost and Found is a great read.

    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.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    Great for a dog lover

    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.

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    Didn't care for it

    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.

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Lost andFound

    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.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

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    wonderful woman and dog story

    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.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    I won a copy of the sequel to this book and decided to read the

    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.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

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    Reallly gooooooood!!!

    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!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    I loved this book.

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Wonderful!

    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.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    An enjoyable read!

    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!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Moving on after a loss

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2010

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    Exceptionally Sweet Book!

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Could not put this book down. Excellent read

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

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    Cute Story

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

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    Emotional Roller-coaster!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2011

    Boring

    Boring to read and was a slow book. I don't recommend it.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

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    A Fast and Enjoyable Read. More than just about a Dog.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Kanitahearts16

    Although i enjoy books about animals, this really didnt catch my attention

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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