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Lost & Found (Rocky Pelligrino #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  10,711 Ratings  ·  1,211 Reviews
A poignant and unforgettable tale of love, loss, and moving on . . . with the help of one not-so-little dog

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
Paperback, 278 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2007)
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Jan 09, 2010 Buggy rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 28, 2011 Deanne rated it it was ok
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
Mar 25, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristina Simon
Apr 05, 2013 Kristina Simon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook, src-winter-2015
This book turned out to be so much more than I was expecting. For some reason, I thought it was going to be a light, fluffy, chick-lit read (which I love) but it proved to be much darker (in a good way). I loved the parts about synesthesia, which I find fascinating, and I thought the author did a really good job depicting the stages of grieving, including the occasional irrationality of a person (and an animal) facing a loss so deep they're not sure they'll ever return from it. Highly recommende ...more
What the fuck did I just read.

Did she really just do that.

I cant even.

Done, that was fucking beyond nasty!

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Apr 27, 2013 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
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
Daniel Taylor
Mar 06, 2013 Daniel Taylor rated it did not like it
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
Jul 11, 2011 Karri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 15, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
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
Dec 06, 2007 Grey853 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Jan 22, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: here-be-dogs
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
Mara Buck
Dec 08, 2014 Mara Buck rated it it was amazing
An attempt at fanfiction by The Puppy with Mara Buck's Review of Lost & Found and Picture This by Jacqueline Sheehan

“I’m in love with that Cooper dog you read me about. When can we visit him? He’s got waterfront property so I know he’s rich. I need me a wealthy boyfriend, cause you sure ain’t got one. He’s one powerful dude. Lemme email him. Send him my Facebook link. I’ll send him that photo of me in the bikini. I got great legs and a fab butt. Somebody in this family’s gotta be a looker!
Sep 03, 2015 Les rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs, 2015, fluff, grief
I'm not ashamed to admit that cover art plays a fairly large part in my decision-making process when choosing a new book to read. Unless it's one that has received glowing reviews, I generally ignore the ugly, generic covers that show only the title and author's name against a colorful background. Likewise, a sappy cover, even one with a cute puppy, rarely gets more than a passing glance. So how in the world did Lost & Found wind up on one of my bookshelves? It all but screams "sentimental f ...more
Caroline Watson-Felt
Feb 09, 2010 Caroline Watson-Felt rated it it was ok
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Jamie (ReadsInTrees) Dacyczyn
Jan 23, 2015 Jamie (ReadsInTrees) Dacyczyn marked it as did-not-finish
Did not finish. Alas, I just couldn't take the inaccuracies in this book and quit after about 65 pages. It's about a woman from Massachusetts whose husband dies suddenly, so she runs off to Peaks Island in Maine and randomly gets hired on as their "dog warden". I thought this might be interesting since I actually work as an animal control officer in Maine....which was the problem I had. Dog warden? They're not called that in Maine; we're called animal control officers. Peaks Island wouldn't just ...more
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
Lenny Husen
May 01, 2008 Lenny Husen rated it liked it
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
Feb 03, 2016 Miranda rated it really liked it
It never ceases to amaze me when reading a story that has an animal in it that my heart swells. This author did an amazing job with connecting it in the best way one can. With a lot of give and take and seeking out the best ways to express a dogs feelings and concerns. The grief that looms over our main character is a reaper over our heads most of the story but it isn't what's front and center, it's everyone growing as a whole and working through issues to become better people and animals that I ...more
Mar 27, 2017 Megan rated it liked it
I picked up this book at one of my local used bookstores. The cover of the black Lab sparked my interest in reading this book (my black Lab just passed, and reading about dogs suddenly interest me), and the overview of the book added my interest to get it.
First, this book was very hard to get into. I really do not know why, it just was. It took me longer to read this than any other book. About halfway threw, it started to get better.
However, I feel like the last half was better than the whole bo
Sep 20, 2008 Kellie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007-reads
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Patti from Charlotte
Sep 05, 2011 Patti from Charlotte rated it really liked it
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
Malinda Lawrence
May 19, 2017 Malinda Lawrence rated it really liked it
"Rocky had interviewed with the University Counseling Center after floundering in private practice for the first few years after graduate school. When the HMOs started haggling with her about how long to treat a person with depression or panic attacks that turned people into prisoners in their home, she knew that she would abandon her career if she had to keep dealing with insurance companies. University counseling centers provided therapy and there was no HMO, no exchange of money between clien ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Bobby rated it liked it
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
Sep 16, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it
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
The Book Man
Mar 15, 2015 The Book Man rated it it was amazing
“Lost & Found” is a book focused on a woman who finds her husband dead on the bathroom floor. She decides to start over her life and ends up on a small island in Maine. She becomes an animal control officer and meets a few interesting people who become like family to her and finds a dog who finds a special place in her life. There are moments of suspense, sadness and joy.
P.S: YES, I cannot deny that I judged this book because of its cover.

My favorite quotes,
~ “Be careful, he has just given y
Mary Zombori
Nov 01, 2009 Mary Zombori rated it liked it
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
May 25, 2013 Dianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2013 Sally Wakeland rated it it was amazing
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 iso
Apr 13, 2013 Adri rated it really liked it
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
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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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