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Picture This (Rocky Pelligrino #2)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  946 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
Jacqueline Sheehan made serious waves with her much beloved runaway bestseller, Lost and Found (“The best book I’ve read in a long time” —Susan Elizabeth Phillips). Now she treats readers to a sequel, Picture This—a story of rebirth and personal redemption that is as moving, funny, and heart-soaring as its predecessor. Whip-smart contemporary women’s fiction with heart and ...more
Paperback, 373 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2012)
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I wish I could give this book 2.5 stars - I liked it because I'm attached to the characters after reading the first book, but this one wasn't nearly as good. I still like the narrative, setting, characters, etc. and I didn't mind the main focus in this one. However, with the introduction of Natalie, I feel like the author got as swept up with her as Rocky did, and because of it all my favorite characters were given less time in this book. And I just couldn't believe that someone who was supposed ...more
Years ago, I had a story in my heart that needed to be told. At a peak moment, one of the people reading the manuscript wrote me to say that if I killed off a certain character, whose life was in peril at the end of the section she'd just read, she'd never forgive me. There were several times while reading this book where I sent that silent message to Jacqueline Sheehan about that big black dog, Cooper.

This book is a sequel to Lost and Found, a book that took me by surprise, and told the story o
Pamela Barrett
May 30, 2012 Pamela Barrett rated it really liked it
Picture This is the sequel to one of my favorite summer reads from a few years ago: Lost and Found by Jacqueline Sheehan. It is the story of Rocky, a grieving widow, whose husband died suddenly and she goes to Peaks Island off the coast of Portland, Maine to recuperate. She puts her old life on hold, and temporarily becomes the islands game warden where she helps a wounded black Lab, named Cooper, go through a tenuous recovery and he helps her towards her healing. In this book we meet up again w ...more
May 14, 2012 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, read-2012
Loved this one. You want to wrap your arms around the characters when they are going through a rough patch and celebrate their good times with more friends and family. Heck, you want them to BE your friends and family. Although this book is a sequel to Lost & Found (which I have not read), Picture This works well as a stand-alone. Moving to a small island off Maine's coast to grieve the death of her husband, Rocky goes from being a summer tourist to a full-time resident while contemplating t ...more
Sep 16, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it
I didn't realize that Lost & Found even had a sequel so I was pleasantly surprised to find this one. Rocky is still the Animal Control Warden on Peaks Island, Maine though she is unsure whether or not she'll return to her home and job back in Massachusetts. Just like the first book, right off the bat there is major action and a bit of mystery. The first chapter is told through Natalie, who is the new character who calls Rocky and tells her that she is trying to find her biological father nam ...more
Rebecca Holland
May 21, 2012 Rebecca Holland rated it it was amazing
"Picture This" by Jacqueline Sheehan, William Morrow/Harper Collins, ISBN 978-0-06-200812-1: In her novel, "Lost and Found," Rocky Pelligrino changed her life after experiencing what most would call a "crash," - her husband and soulmate, Bob, had died, and Rocky was lost. She found life again through a move to Peaks Island, Maine, and through the adoption of a dog named Cooper.

She started work in a job that most thought she was nuts to take - the island's animal control warden - she had a lot of
I quite enjoyed this sequel to Sheehan’s 2007 book, Lost & Found. It’s a fast read - surprisingly so, and though it does not evoke perhaps the same level of tears as the prior novel, this too is quite an emotional read. The overall atmosphere of the book is quite a bit lighter and more hopeful, with less of the crippling grief that previously plagued so many of the characters. Sheehan’s characters remained consistent, with Rocky once again a sympathetic but not quite put together protagonist ...more
Aug 01, 2014 Debby rated it really liked it
This is a great sequel to Lost & Found, which was also a great book. There's a quirky cast of characters in this series and a strange sub-plot or tow that keep the plot exciting up to the end.
Lost & Found begins with the sudden death of the main character's husband and her inability to "do life" as a psychologistand now widow of a great veteranarian. She suddenly decides to move to a small island off the coast of Portland Maine. She rents a cottage and begins to try to live life in this
Aug 19, 2012 Ann rated it it was ok
I guess I'm in the minority here, based on other ratings I've seen of this book. I read it because I read Lost & Found, with the same characters, and one other book by this author. I'm pretty sure I liked Lost & Found better. Anyway, it was okay; it didn't thrill me. I felt the need to finish, not really the desire. Just wanted to get it over with. At one point, I felt like there were too many character POVs but they did tie in at the end. But there really was just too much going on in t ...more
Jan 02, 2013 Meghann rated it it was ok
I really liked this book's prequel and was excited to read the sequel. I don't want to give this book a less than good rating, but it just didn't hold my attention until 300 pages in (yes, really). This was just way too long, with soo many boring details and psychological babble thrown in. We learn about psychology, archery, physical therapy, animal control, photography.. I could go on. Made it feel very scattered and unfocused. I found Rocky to be very grating and saying the most inane things a ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing
PICTURE THIS brings back Rocky Pelligrino and her Peak’s Island community first met in Sheehan’s bestseller, LOST AND FOUND. The author’s fascination with using psychology to develop strong and complicated characters is back too, and this is a page-turner of a story. Rocky is contacted by Natalie, just out of foster care and convinced she’s the unacknowledged daughter of Rocky’s late husband, Bob. Or is she? Sheehan’s fourth novel is both an exciting read and a profound exploration of the damage ...more
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
Some would call this garden variety women's fiction. If so, put me in the garden! I was very happy sympathizing and worrying over these characters: young widow Rocky Pelligrino, her uber dog, black lab Cooper, two very different teenaged girls and Rocky's good friend, seventy year-old Tess (who is in recovery from losing her synesthesia). One of the questions explored in the plot involves the possibility of Rocky's late husband having a daughter, a troubled teen who Rocky takes into her home. Ro ...more
Kevin McAllister
Apr 17, 2012 Kevin McAllister rated it liked it
This was a pretty unusual piece of fiction in the sense it contained a host of varied, likeable, and interesting characters (a 39 year old woman, a 7 year old girl, two teenage girls, a 70ish year old woman, a 70ish year old African American man, and of course the hero of the book; a 5 year old labrador retriever) and yet the plot and the story itself were just plain silly.
Feb 08, 2015 Sharon rated it did not like it
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Mar 04, 2015 Diana rated it it was ok
This book is a perfect example of how authors screw up the second book in a series. In the first book, which I gave 4 enthusiastic stars, we were introduced to Rocky, Cooper & all their new friends in a delightful small town in Maine. In this book, the same folks are there, but overshadowed by a sinister plot that simply makes NO sense whatsoever. The "thriller" part of the plot was bloated, and did a huge disservice to the reader with cheap ploys to tug at the heartstrings.In addition, sudd ...more
This one proves you can't judge a book (or person) by its cover. Great read. From the editor: Jacqueline Sheehan made serious waves with her much beloved runaway bestseller, Lost and Found (“The best book I’ve read in a long time” —Susan Elizabeth Phillips). Now she treats readers to a sequel, Picture This—a story of rebirth and personal redemption that is as moving, funny, and heart-soaring as its predecessor. Whip-smart contemporary women’s fiction with heart and soul, in Picture This, Rocky P ...more
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Nov 29, 2015 Bookworm LLC rated it really liked it
Shelves: judy-bookshelf
Satisfying sequel to one of my favorites, Sheehan's "Lost and Found".
A troubled girl shows up on Rocky's doorstep, claiming to be her late husband's daughter. Set on an island off the coast of Maine, the heroine is a therapist turned animal control officer.
Great characters, especially Cooper (the dog).
Mar 19, 2014 Jenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
This is the second book in Rocky and Cooper's story. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, "Lost & Found", and I also enjoyed this one. An easy read, no great time commitment or high emotional investment, but I really like the easy-going nature of this writing style. And the characters are nice. Rocky seems to have figured out that there is life after the death of her husband, but then a curve ball comes flying at her home plate. Her late husband may have fathered a child, and a yo ...more
Jina Howell-Forbes
Feb 11, 2014 Jina Howell-Forbes rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful sequel to "Now and Then". The same wonderful but fallible characters in a wonderful Island setting off the coast of Maine near Portland. I truly wished that the last quarter didn't have to be so scary, but even with that, I loved it anyway. I love Rocky. She is so easy to relate to. My favorite character though, has to be Tess, the retired physical therapist who has synesthesia. I love her kind frankness and her terrific relationship with her granddaughter.

This is also a ter
May 16, 2012 Tanya rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to Lost and Found. I enjoyed both books. I love books about animals and their human companions. Check out Rocky and Cooper. You won't be disappointed.
Ann Boytim
Mar 22, 2015 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it
Set in Maine on a small island Rocky is dealing with her husband death at an early age. She has taken a leave of absence from her job and a few months have passed when she gets a telephone call from a young woman saying she had just found out that she was the daughter of Rocky's late husband. The girl was brought up in foster care and now that she turned 18 looked into her records and says she just found out this information. Rocky has made friends on the island and decides to buy a house there ...more
May 23, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it
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Jul 30, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Roxanne "Rocky" Pellegrino is just starting to find her feet as a young widow after her veterinarian husband passes away. She's on sabbatical from her job as a psychologist, working as the animal control warden in the little community of Peaks Island, and getting to know both her neighbors and herself.

Just as life starts to go on an even keel, Natalie shows up ... claiming that Rocky's former husband is her father.

Naturally, this upsets the balance in many peoples' lives -- including Rocky's tee
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Nov 14, 2012 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it really liked it
Rocky Pelligrino is trying to decide whether or not to return to her job and home on the mainland. The psychologist turned dogcatcher has become comfortable with the hum of Peaks Island life. She has been looking at local real estate, and there is her budding romance with archery instructor, Hill, to consider. The rescued Labrador, Cooper, is her constant companion and a well-known island favorite.

A year has passed since the death of Rocky’s husband, Bob, and she feels as though her life is fina
Feb 17, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
How I got this book:
Sometime last year, I said I'd be interested in reading books that dealt with the issues of foster children. In one of my past/lives careers I used to work in Juvenile Court with children who were in foster care, going there, or with parents trying to get their kids out. I even wrote a book about foster care that I may even publish next year. But I digress. So a publicist for Harlequin Teen sent me Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. But popped into the envelope was this boo
May 19, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it
Oh my god. What an intense book in the last quarter. It was almost too much for me - the dog in peril; a young child in peril. These are hot buttons for me. I couldn't almost stand it. I think that's why I marked it down a bit. There is also the fact that Rocky appears to be in some la la land or fog in this story. Yes, she is still healing and recovering from the sudden death of her beloved husband, who was only in his early forties when he dies of a heart attack. However, she had made great st ...more
Jun 22, 2012 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Picture This, a sequel to Jacqueline Sheehan's novel, Lost in Found, picks up where the other story left off, when Rocky Pelligrino's husband Bob, died a sudden death at the young age of forty-three. Rocky, still grief stricken, has rented a summer house on a tiny island (Peaks Island) in the middle of Maine. While she is trying to decide about returning to her counseling job at the University, she has taken on a job as game warden on the island. She and her large black Labrador, Cooper have beg ...more
Oct 09, 2013 Dlora rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Picture This carries on the characters and lives of Lost&Found but I didn't quite like it as well. Rocky's romance with Hill runs into some snags, her friend loses her sense of synesthesia, young anorexic Melissa next door who is bravely fighting her self-destructive tendencies is being pushed aside, and only Cooper remains his constant goodhearted self. Added to the mix is Natalie, a complex young girl who has been tossed from foster home to foster home and thinks that her biological father ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Tonya rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Oh how I wish I had read Lost & Found first. Might have given me more of a background. But it is what it is, and so I find Rocky adjusting to her husband Bob dying suddenly and leaving her a widow. In this book, a girl calls Rocky claiming Bob was her dad. Natalie appears to have had a rough childhood, being tossed to and fro from one foster home to another.

On a whim, wanting Natalie to really be Bob's unclaimed daughter, she buys a house on the island badly in need of repair. Much like Nat
Jun 26, 2012 Paige rated it really liked it
After reading the prequel to this book, "Lost & Found," I was excited to see where Rocky's life had taken her. In "Picture This," Sheehan's writing has the same wonderful flow that it did in the first book, and the characters of Rocky, Tess, Melissa, and Cooper are all as highly developed and complex as they were before. Once again I delighted in the role that Cooper, the dog, plays in the book. He's delightful and entertaining, and a testament to the bonds that can form between humans and a ...more
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Jacqueline Sheehan, Ph.D., is a fiction writer and essayist. She is also a practicing psychologist. She is a New Englander through and through, but spent twenty years living in the western states of Oregon, California, and New Mexico doing a variety of things, including house painting, freelance photography, newspaper writing, clerking in a health food store, and directing a traveling troupe of hi ...more
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