Lost & Found – Jacqueline Sheehan
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!