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Picture This

(Rocky Pelligrino #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,479 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Peaks Island, Maine vibrates with its own special magic, a unique flow to life that knits together the small community that calls it home. The people, the animals, and even the houses have a charm and personality all their own. Just ask Rocky Pelligrino. Devastated by her husband Bob’s sudden death, she found hope thanks to a relentlessly loyal black Lab named Cooper. Warm ...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
Aug 13, 2012 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 this book ...more
Picture This is a follow-up to Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan. I love the cast of carry-over characters: Rocky Pelligrino, Melissa (teenaged neighbor), Tess (70-ish friend), Isiah (Rocky's boss), Hill ("friend"), and, of course, Cooper, the 5-year-old black lab is who rescued by Rocky in the first book...or is she rescued by him?

Sheehan introduces Natalie to this story. Natalie, who may or may not be Rocky's deceased husband Bob's daughter, is an 18-year-old who is searching for some answers
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
Aug 05, 2012 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
Kevin McAllister
Apr 13, 2012 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.
Barbara Moher
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I stayed up half the night to finish this one ..l.fell asleep some time after 3... and finished it this am.. Funnily,I almost put it down when I started it, but as the story progressed, I got more and more involved.... a widow, a dog, foster kid, .... I had to know what happened... I could not do a 5 rating because of what I felt was a slow start... now I need to find the first book that this one was the sequel to...
Rebecca Holland
May 21, 2012 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
Pamela Barrett
May 28, 2012 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
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, le ...more
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May 13, 2012 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 the f ...more
Sep 16, 2012 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 named R ...more
Apr 01, 2013 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 new form
Mar 21, 2012 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
May 16, 2012 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. ...more
Gerry Bates
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first two books in the Peaks Island series were incredible!

I read both books back to back. I couldn't put them down. Since the setting is where I live (western MA) and where I spent many summers (Casco Bay in Maine) I could almost visualize everything as it unfolded. The characters were wonderful and some tragic. Tess was exactly like an old woman I knew well in Rockport, ME. Melissa's struggle with an eating disorder in the first book, Rocky's struggle to survive her grief and Natalie's abu
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is truly a 3 1/2 for me. I loved, loved Cooper and liked the characters of this novel although I found myself irritated by Rocky much of the time finding it hard to believe a psychologist could be so rash and impulsive in her decisions and judgements. This is the first book I’ve read by this author so though I expected a more centrally focused story, this novel explored some diverse topics. Synesthesia, aging out of the foster care system and grieving are some of the topics. It’s a div ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: animal-books
This was about a 2.75 for me overall. I always love the character of Cooper, but unlike the first book, the main focus wasn't on the relationship between Rocky and Cooper. There were too many points of view, not all of which advanced the story; also, the dialogue was stilted at times. There were some good parts that kept me reading, but there were also times when I contemplated not finishing it. ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this after enjoying the first book (Lost & Found) and enjoyed it, though not as much as the first book. I like Rocky and Melissa and Tess and many of the other characters, and I liked the overall storyline until Natalie went off the rails. The backstories of Natalie’s time in a drug world, foster care, and her time with Franklin were too much. Cooper was my favorite in the story and I loved his chapters in the book!
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I loved the 2nd book of this series. I am not sure there are more, but I would love to read more about Rocky and Cooper and all the characters that make up these books. Cooper is of course an amazing dog, and his nose, common sense, loyalty and all around amazing ability to understand humans makes him of course, a favorite character of mine. I found this books perusing the massive sale at our library, I wasn't even looking for it, so glad I was able to read the 2nd one. ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was so happy to be able to revisit the characters from LOST AND FOUND. The only part I didn't buy was when the main character made the mistake of allowing an unknown young girl move into her cottage until they could "figure out" if she (the girl), was the biological daughter of the main character's husband-is anyone really this dumb? If she had been smarter about it there would not have been a book. An enjoyable read anyway. ...more
Irene Frances Olson
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A well-written story with credible characters the author developed beautifully. Definitely more drama in the 2nd book of the series which was a great thing! The author leaves the reader guessing as to what is the truth, and what isn't, and the true discerner of what is real will at first confuse the reader but then make all kinds of sense as the plot unfolds. Bravo...and please write a book 3!!! ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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Susan Ajaz
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cooper is back with Rocky and Melissa in tow and a story that explodes with danger and heartbreaking drama.

The story builds with slow intensity that makes you think you know what's coming but you don't. When you do, you will wish you didn't. The dog is the star but only one of the soul-winning characters. A book that's impossible to put down.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
It took until page 299 to provoke that "I wonder what's going to happen" feeling in me. The one that, during the day, makes me want to hide away with my book. At that the book was almost over. I enjoyed the prequel much more. ...more
Ann Tinsman
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some of the characters in this book made me so mad I was cursing like they were real people. I wanted to kick them. I wanted to yell at the main character and tell her all the mistakes she was making. This was a good book with real feelings.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindel
Something isn't quite right or is it? You are never quite sure - then all of a sudden it hits the fan and you can't read fast enough because you're holding your breath. Great book! Hope there is a third book to come. ...more
karen espinola
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first in the series

I enjoyed this novel better than the first one in the series. It had a great story line and had more excitement and mystery to it. Yes, I would recommend this book.
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed very much the second book about Rocky and Cooper the dog. Their relationship is related perfectly. I thought it added a lot of depth that we got the perspective of all the main characters in the story, even Cooper.
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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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