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Lost & Found (Rocky Pelligrino #1)

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Roxanne Pellegrino's world collapses when her husband dies unexpectedly. The only way she feels she can deal with her all-consuming grief is to run away from her life. She leaves her home, her career and her friends, heading for Peaks Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine. A former psychologist, she finds herself taking a job as an animal warden and reinventing her p...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 28th 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2007)
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Buggy
Opening Line: "Bob had left the food carton on the counter the night before and it now smelled of grease and fish."

As a dog lover I was enchanted by LOST AND FOUND but just about anyone will be able to find something to like within this engaging story. Filled with love, loss, adventure and even a little mystery, this is a story about the ability of the human (and dog) spirit to carry on and just what grief can reduce us to. Full of very real and charming characters, a surprising whodunit storyli...more
Deanne
This book was kind of weird. I think the author had a pretty good idea for the main plot of the story: a widow who is grieving for her husband rescues a dog who is grieving for his owner. However, it seemed like she was trying too hard to make the main characters seem realistic by giving them faults and making them "quirky," and instead she succeeded in making them come across as somewhat mentally unbalanced. I had a really hard time connecting with any of them. Ultimately, the story that should...more
Sarah
I always have a hard time writing reviews, especially with books I rate less than four stars. But I feel it's even more important to offer a review when it's low stars. So...

This was an easy read, and I think the author has more than a few good stories to share. But, the writing is not good and is the reason I could not give this book three stars. And that is saying something, because I am rarely bothered by these things. The main character (and a lot of her actions and responses) is not really...more
Diane D.
A wonderful read for dog lovers! There were definitely a few scenes where I held my breath and was very anxious, but not a tear-jerker because when the book ends, Cooper the dog is still there (not really a spoiler, because if you look up this book you will see there is a sequel called Picture This: A Novel that talks about Rocky and her loyal black lab, Cooper). I will definitely be reading the sequel, because I want to continue with the lives of Rocky, Cooper, Tess, Hill, Melissa and her mom....more
Sue
Given that this story includes a dog (Note: A dog is on the cover, so I had to buy it!), a woman in (early) mid-life, and archery -- all things I can relate to -- I thought the book was sure to be a winner for me. But I was disappointed. The characters didn't come across as fully fleshed-out human beings, but more as ideas for characters. The writing style was too simplistic for me (a bit like the reading primers of my childhood, "See Dick. See Jane. See them chase Spot.") and perhaps because of...more
Grey853
Ever lost a loved one, ever felt the claw of grief ripping your heart out? That's what happens to Rocky in LOST AND FOUND. Her husband dies at 42 and despite being a psychologist herself, she goes into a state of despair so profound she can no longer work at helping others. Instead, she moves to a small tourist island in Maine and becomes an Animal Control officer. Only one person on the island knows her story and she likes it that way. She isolates herself from her family perferring strangers,...more
Erin
I finished this book today and I really enjoyed it. It's about a woman whose husband dies and she moves away and tries to start her life over and in the midst of all the changes she is going through, she rescues a dog, Lloyd. It's a good story, it's got a tiny bit of suspense in it, just a hint and it's well-written. There are about 4 well developed characters and I like that because then I can get to know them well and not have to worry about remembering who is who or running into a new charact...more
Amanda
Grieving widow. Broken hearted dog with an arrow in him. A retired physical therapist with synesthesia. An unhappy (are there any other kind) teenager with anorexia. A spiritual archery instructor. A frightening obsessive and a mysterious death (was it suicide? or murder). Add together, shake and you have this good book. Not groundbreaking in any way but a very pleasant read. I do think the writer wrote one of the more believable descriptions of grief, how it grabs you and turns all your previou...more
bookczuk
On loan from harper415sc.

Some very nice elements in the story, once I got over the heart-stopping fear I have of early-spouse death. I had trouble at first, but soldiered on, through the beginning and Bob's death. It was in the midst of those first pages, when Rocky is talking to a physician, who has yet to tell her that Bob did not revive, that I realized the author could phrase things. There was a sequence that described how cold she felt, and how she was shaking uncontrollably. And then she...more
Daniel G.
I read this today expecting to like it -- I mean it's a cute dog, for crying out loud.

The story is of a woman whose husband has died who finds a dog whose owner has died. The dog had been shot with an arrow which drives the woman to find out what happens.

After the books I've read over the last couple of days on topics I didn't expect to like, such as German war criminals and Jewish assassins, and horse racing, I found this was the only one I really didn't like it. It's also become the first book...more
Lenny Husen
Another young widow book, better than some. Loved the dog. I especially liked her description of anorexia and of a syndrome where people attach colors or movement to words, letters or numbers. Very interesting and thoughtful. I'm giving it four stars because of those elements, not because of the main plot.
What I disliked: I didn't like the ending, where the character finds a new man so easily. I also didn't like that she was so mean to the guy.
Why do these books about bereavement always end wit...more
Bobby
I found this book an enjoyable read and must admit, despite it's subject found it a light read that certainly spoke to me and appealed to the positive side of my nature. I became immediately engaged at the beginning as the author built her main character, capturing me as I gladly entered Rocky's world as she learns to continue living after the death of her husband. I remained engaged as the story of a crisis becomes one of self discovery and change. The author shares a true sense of the human sp...more
Patti from Charlotte
Though I have read many more complex pieces of fiction and non-fiction during the past year, this recent read spoke to me in a very special way.
When Rocky Pelligrino finds herself suddenly widowed, she does not return to her career as a college campus psychologist. Rather, she packs up her old Gremlin and leaves her old life behind as she struggles to find meaning in her altered life. After reinventing herself as an animal-control warden on Peak Island, Maine, she assembles an eclectic inner cir...more
Karri
I’m only 100 pages into this book and I’m already completely annoyed. To begin with, we meet the main character when she’s angry at her husband because she has to order socks. Then, she’s plunged into grief without ever having established a relationship with her husband other than being angry with him (not a spoiler if you read the first sentence of the synopsis). And, we haven’t gotten to know her well enough to feel any sympathy for this irrationally (in my opinion) angry woman.

Secondly, the a...more
Kellie
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Sue
I am a huge Labrador Retriever lover so the cover of this book caught my eye first. I ended up really loving it. Rocky (a psychologist at a university) and her husband Bob (a veterinarian) have a happy marriage until Bob drops dead of a heart attack in the opening pages of the book. He was only 42 and sounded like one heck of a guy. Rocky is totally devastated and leaves her home and her job in Massachusetts to become an Animal Control Warden on a small island off the coast of Maine. Rocky is a...more
Caroline Watson-Felt
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Mary Zombori
Having had a chocolate labrador as a pet, I was attracted to the book's cover. I was somewhat intrigued by the main character's decision to move to an island off the coast of Maine and that kept me reading. She had a great knack to describe the other characters in the book and with a short list of characters, it was easy for me to get to know them all very well. The black lab (not chocolate lab), was endearing and I loved the few times the author jumped out of format to write a couple chapters f...more
Dianna
This story speaks of Rocky's over-the-top behavior after her 42 year old husband dies on the bathroom floor of a massive heart attack. She does not know how to live without the love of her life, so she takes a year's sabbatical from her psychologist job at the college in MA, cuts off her waist long hair and rents a little cabin on Peak's Island, Maine. Rocky reinvents her past so she does not have to live through that pain of grief and takes the job of the Animal Control Warden. She gets to know...more
Sally Wakeland
I loved Lost & Found. I started the book yesterday and finished it this morning. I didn't read anything about Jacqueline Sheehan, the author, until after I had finished the book. Then it took on a different meaning, as part of it mirrored what happened to her (several things).
I loved Rocky, and I loved the way the dog spoke in some of the chapters too.
I have a home in southern Maine, so I was drawn to the Peaks Island connection. She captured that aspect of Maine life to perfection...how iso...more
Carol Stanley-Snow
Oh my aching heart. You may not think this is an uplifting book, you'd be wrong.

It looks at grief, how we deal with it and how we come out from under its' weight. For Rocky, it comes in the form of a dog, Lloyd/Cooper (you'll see) and a neighbor child, Melissa.

I don't want to give too much away for fear of spoiling your read.

I loved this book and so will you.
Adri
When I bought this book I was expecting something light, but was surprised and delighted on many fronts. The characters are all very real and their emotions, experiences, thoughts all ring true.

It is apparent that Sheehan had done extensive research and that she knew what she was talking about. All her descriptions are so apt that one sometimes feels one's own heart racing, or breath catch, or panic rising in tandem with the character.

I thought it was a tad presumptuous to let the dog philosophi...more
Holly
It wasn't a "light" as a read as I thought it would be. There was a bit of death, betrayal, even an eating disorder in this, yet I think that's why I liked it so much. There was certainly more depth in this story than just a "beach read," you know? Loved all the archery bits since that's something I'm becoming interested in and the chapters about synesthesia were fascinating! The few chapters in the dog's voice were really lovely, too. Almost made me want to have a dog of my own.
Mich
Oct 03, 2008 Mich rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not sure!
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Wesley
I had a hard time reviewing this book. In the end I really enjoyed it, it was very engaging, and I wanted to see how everyone and everything turned out. It is sold as a "dog" book, but the dog is a bit player for probably half the book, and only intermittently critical to the story until the end when he takes over.

**Possible Spoiler Alert**
The problem was some of the stops along the way, where I thought she got too much into the creepy side of eating disorders, and the really weird sexual attrac...more
Jo
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Emily
I picked this book up after spending a week on Peaks Island and had no other expectations than to enjoy a look back on this beautiful island -- and any book staring a dog is certainly a bonus in my opinion! I was pleasantly surprised by how well written this book was (after reading more about the author I am less so – she’s got some serious books under her belt too) and how much I enjoyed the characters and the story. It wasn't predictable and the main character was particularly well developed a...more
Amy
Mar 27, 2008 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog lovers
Good book. Finished it in over a weekend. There aren't many books that actually make me cry but this one did during the chapter where Cooper-Lloyd (the dog) had to be returned to original family members. If you have a dog that you care for deeply and the feeling is mutual, then you will tear up too. It tugs at your dog-loving heartstrings.

I was a little confused during the part where Rocky was investigating into the suicide of the dog owner...I felt as though it jumped around quite a bit...but c...more
Jennifer
Jul 30, 2014 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of large dogs and summer reads
Recommended to Jennifer by: Kelly
This novel was a nice summer read—moving but not too strenuous. The novel begins as Rocky, a psychologist, finds her veterinary husband, Bob, dead on the bathroom floor. In the subsequent months, she struggles to deal with his death and ends up taking a leave of absence from her job and fleeing to Peak’s Island off the coast of Maine. There she takes on the job of Animal Control Warden—something as far away from her old life as she can think of.

As you might expect, the island contains an interes...more
Jenna
Rocky is a woman who suddenly lost her husband to a heart attack. To heal, she moves to Peak's Island of the coast of Maine and gets a job as the animal control warden for the island. She stumbles upon a dog with an arrow sticking out of him, and a friendship ensues. Rocky sets off to find out who the previous owner was, and how the arrow came to be stuck in the dog.
I found this book to be very slow-moving. Not much happened in the first 150 pages or so.
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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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