Back of the Book: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 was also at the bottom of the bag of books a friend has passed along and I have to tell you I was glad to have found it. Also not a book I would have pulled off a bookstore shelf although I can't tell you why exactly. The cover is lovely but I would have assumed it was another Marley and Me. Which I suppose is why they tell you to never judge a book by it's cover.
Lost and Found was a surprise. One expected a certain amount of emotion- how does one ever getting over losing a beloved spouse- but more so than that. I wasn't expecting a whole subplot of teenage anorexia or another of mental illness. Most surprising was the suspense throughout. Really wasn't expecting that.
All in all, Sheehan's descriptive writing style made Lost & Found a pleasure to read. One can not only imagine themselves in Rocky's shoes but for all intent could reach out touch the leaves on the trees. A great cross over of woman's fiction and mystery.