A family member shared Lost & Found with me and upon first glance, I didn’t have very high eRead more of my reviews on my blog: www.readinista.com
A family member shared Lost & Found with me and upon first glance, I didn’t have very high expectations. I thought it was going to be a fluffy beach read about a cute dog. In reality, this book is far from fluffy (well, except for maybe the black Labrador Retriever).
Instead of fluff, Lost & Found featured characters working through real life issues ranging from grieving with the death of a loved one to anorexia to marital separation. All the while, a lovable lost dog weaves the characters’ lives together in an unexpected way and helps each one find themselves again.
Rocky is a psychologist and happily married to her husband Bob, until he passes away suddenly at the age of 42. Shocked by his abrupt death, Rocky is engulfed by grief and finds herself lost in her life without him. After a few months living as a shadow of her real self, Rocky leaves her job for a year and moves to an island off the coast of Maine. There, she feels safe from those who know her and far away from all the things that can remind her of her husband. On this island, she finds a new job, new friends, and a dog that helps her put her life back together again.
Lost and Found slowly worked it’s way into my heart. Although it took a few chapters to really hook me in, it soon took off and it was hard to put it down. The dog was my favorite character and I liked how he occasionally got to tell the story from his perspective.
My only compliant about the book is that Rocky would sometimes act very odd and make strange decisions. She was often irrationally emotional, which seemed odd to me since she was a psychologist. In some cases, I wasn’t sure how her actions helped the story develop and in my opinion would have made the book better if they were left out. I also longed for the tiny romance in the story to be a little more developed, sigh. However, I understand that the romance wasn’t the focal point of the story.
Overall, Lost and Found was a sweet story that showed how our relationships to dogs help us find love and friendship and discover ourselves all over again. Despite this familiar theme, it was a distinctly unique story with characters unlike any I’ve encountered before. I highly recommend Lost and Found if you are looking for a beach or travel read....more
Putting it all out there, I’m a sucker for dog books. I’m a dog lover and it’s easy for me to fall in love wiFind more reviews on www.readinista.com.
Putting it all out there, I’m a sucker for dog books. I’m a dog lover and it’s easy for me to fall in love with any story about a dog. However, the dog in this book is not what made me like Stay. The cute fluffy dog was just a bonus. Instead, it was the main character that captured my heart. I felt for her and related to her, a little too well. I could literally feel her pain as well as her joy. This pulled me into the story and made it difficult for me to put down.
Savannah, Van for short, is in love with her best friend’s husband, Peter. Long before the marriage, Van and Peter almost became romantically involved. They were almost together, until Peter met Van’s best friend, Janie. Despite Peter’s relationship to Janie, Peter still harbored feelings for Van, and Van for him. On top of this, her mother passed away recently. After their wedding, when she is feeling down and lonely, Van drinks herself into a drunken stupor and orders a puppy from the internet. This puppy is far from what she expected but ends up being exactly what she needs.
Stay is a contemporary romantic novel starring a woman and dog. As I mentioned earlier, Stay is not about the dog but it’s also not about the romance. Instead it’s about Van’s growth as a woman and a friend. The romance and the dog are more like sub plots. This surprised me. I was expecting the romance and the dog’s story to be the dominant plot. Van has some things to work through, and the story is focused on her personal growth and mending.
Overall, I really enjoyed Stay. I looked forward to reading it every day after work and was sad when I couldn’t squeeze it into my day. Van was an easy to relate to character for me, not because I’ve experienced everything she has, but because the author made me feel for Van’s situation. Her puppy, Joe, is adorable and, as with most dog books, is easy to love. In addition, Larkin sends a positive message, which is often rare to find these days. I recommend Stay to fans of contemporary fiction and those who enjoy a story with a little bit of romance....more
This is one my all time favorite books. I laughed and I cried (more like bawled). Being a former lab owner, I easily related to John Grogan's love/hatThis is one my all time favorite books. I laughed and I cried (more like bawled). Being a former lab owner, I easily related to John Grogan's love/hate relationship with Marley and his escapades. In the end, Marley's story will truly warms your heart. ...more