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Lost & Found – Jacqueline Sheehan

May 21, 2012

Genre: Adult Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
304 pages
ISBN: 9780061128646
Source: Bookstore

Psychologists are just like everyone else.

This is the lesson Rocky, a college therapist, is unlucky enough to learn when her husband drops dead of a heart attack in their bathroom, one morning.  All of her textbooks and all of her counseling of others come up to a big fat zero when it comes to her own grief management.

Her only plan of action is to move out of town for a year of paid (and forcefully suggested by her boss) leave. She packs up for Peak’s Island off the coast of Maine and picks up a temporary position with the island’s animal control. She begins to carve out a new identity, running from the sorrow that has such a grip on her heart.

Like all good escape plans, however, life just gets in the way. An oversized black lab, a strange archery teacher, a teenager with issues of her own and an older neighbor with a bizarre way of looking at the world, surround Rocky’s existence and in one way or another, refuse to let her sink into herself.

It’s a sweet, sad story that has many points of hitting rock bottom but it does bounce back to a happier medium by the end, leaving a pleasant feeling after the storm.

I love a good dog story, especially when dog and person are able to mutually rescue each other.  Sheehan is a great story-teller and really taps into several areas of psychology with an authentic voice that shows her background in the field. Though there are hard parts (those who have a past with eating disorders should be warned that there is a significant amount of time dedicated to the subject) the overall book would make a great, snuggly beach read, especially if you have a furry friend in your life.

This is also part of my monthlong obsession promotion of Back in Black, a campaign to help the least likely to be adopted dogs and cats in community shelters. Check the website for upcoming events near you!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2012 1:02 pm

    Oh yes, we are covered in fur down here. And my daughter and I do volunteer at an animal shelter, and we passionately support and believe in it. I need to read this book. If I had a crisis, it sounds exactly the kind of thing I would do.

  2. zibilee permalink
    May 21, 2012 7:28 pm

    I love animal books that don’t make me cry, and it sounds like this one might fit that bill. It sounds like a great read, and one that I might not have looked twice at. But having read your review, and seeing how much you loved it, it goes on the list. I bet this would make for a perfect summer read.

  3. Veens permalink
    May 22, 2012 10:27 am

    I love dog books too and I am sure I will like this too. I am adding this to my TBR 🙂

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