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Lost & Found

(Lost & Found #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  25,639 ratings  ·  1,612 reviews
There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.

After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs
Paperback, 353 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Smashwords Edition
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Hannah Thompson It's really good in my opinion. I started reading it and found myself up until 6 am still reading it. The book was amazing and heart-felt but not in a…moreIt's really good in my opinion. I started reading it and found myself up until 6 am still reading it. The book was amazing and heart-felt but not in a cheesy way. Towards the end I was in tears but Jesse, of course, helped and saved the day. (less)

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'Lost and Found' was a sweet, heartwarming story that ended up being a pretty good way to pass some time. This book tells the story of Rowen Sterling, a troubled teenage girl that has spent years acting out. She has used drugs, alcohol and sex to try and get her deadbeat mother's attention to no avail.

When Rowen's mother has finally had enough of Rowen's antics, she sends her to the home of an old friend in Montana. Rowen has never met the Walker family before, but she will be spending the summe
Natasha is a Book Junkie

“Sometimes we just have to cut off the dead branches in our life. Sometimes that’s the only way we can keep the tree alive.”

Books like this one are the reason why I love reading. There is nothing more exhilarating than finding a rare gem of a story that holds you captive from beginning to end, makes you smile so much your jaw hurts by the time you turn that last page, and leaves you so delightfully enthralled by the characters, you wish the story never ended. This book quite simply
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

This was one of those books that hooked me from the beginning. I loved both Rowen and Jesse- I just connected with them from the start. It is just one of those stories, that when you are finished reading, your heart is happy!

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My secret? I’d simply accepted that life was pain.

Meet Rowen Sterling. Rowen is a ‘troubled teenager’. After making some mistakes with boys, drugs, alcohol etc, and barley graduating high school, her mom is fed up. Rowen has an ultimatum. She can go to
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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Rowen is not average teenager.She wants to be eccentric and push away all those who care for her.Her mum is so tired with her rebellious behaviour ,as Rowen used to be a trouble , and she is not willing to pay her tuitions for the university unless she spends her summer at the Walker's ranch.

The city girl has to live in the countryside for a WHOLE summer!!

Yet she never thought that the Walkers would turn out to be a very interesting family.

Their older son , Jesse , is a h
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"If we were to just accept we’re not so different from each other, we wouldn’t feel so alone."


For five years Rowen has numbed her pain with alcohol and boys. After she barely graduated high school, Rowen finds herself in the middle of nowhere for the summer. She has to work at Willow Springs Ranch and she has to prove to her mother that she deserves to go to her dream art school.

Meet Rowen Sterling

"People had never ignored me, but they wished they could. They wished people like me would just d

I don't know if maybe I'm just over the entire new adult genre or what, but I thought this book was terrible. It was free on Amazon and so many of my friends thought it was great, but I hated it.

It started out okay, but the melodrama VERY quickly escalated until it was almost like the whole book was a big joke that I wasn't in on.

We've got Rowen (so tired of these stupid names), the emotionally damaged girl who can't hide her overwhelming beauty with make-up, hair dye, and black clothing no ma
Linda ❤️ Sassy, Classy && a Little Bit of Nasty
BR with Nancy❤️the❤️Bookaholic

4 Sweet Hearts!


This book kept me enraptured throughout. I was so enveloped by all of the characters in this.



Rowan loads a bus from Portland to go to Montana after she graduates from high school. This was a stipulation from her mother, if Rowan wanted her mom to pay her tuition to her desired art school. Her mom wanted Rowan to "prove" herself and see if she could shape up before she dished out. So off she goes to show her mom she's not a f*ck up.

”I’d been label
Jennifer Kyle
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 ~ 4 1/2 Cowboy Tight Pants Stars


Saddle up and be prepared to join Rowen Sterling, a recent high school barely graduate on a summer of self-discovery.

Rowen’s horrible mother has sent her to an old friend’s ranch to prove that she is worthy of her mother’s money to attend art school in the fall.

”I’d been labeled a goth, emo, a druggie, a loser and my personal favorite only because it showed just how ignorant people were: freak.”

Rowen has let others define her including her peers and her m
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 3.5 STARS ♥♥♥

Lost and Found is about an eighteen year old girl, Rowen, who aspires to go to art school in Seattle. Unfortunately, that may not happen, until she proves herself to her mother that she isn't the troubled girl that she has been growing up. That was the deal. Spend the summer working at her mother's friend's ranch sans pay. Rowen was kind of goth-ish, with her dyed black hair, dark lipstick, and dark revealing clothes. She's use to people thinking she is a freak. But that changes
Jacqueline's Reads
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-books
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4.5 Honky Tonk Stars

Lost and Found was rootin’ tootin’, yippee ki yay, dern fantastic!

It was the kind of kiss a girl would forever measure against. It set the bar for all future kisses

Okay Okay, I should have a little disclaimer. Husband is a southern boy, he actually grew up on a farm, which I have visited and yes, there’s a barn, cows and trackers oh-my. So, I really really really appreciated this sweet, light-hearted country theme story.

May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars

”A long time ago, I’d learned I was good at “handling” life. I didn’t excel at it, and I certainly didn’t thrive at it, but I could handle life and everything it had thrown at me.

My secret? I’d simply accepted that life was pain.”

Rowan is young woman who puts up a front for the world. On the outside she looks strong, uncaring, dark, or a “freak” as many call her. She has gotten into her fair share of trouble and her mother has never known how to deal with her. All Rowan wants is to
Aestas Book Blog
Apr 07, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: top-tbr, soon

Release date: May 7, 2013. NA Contemporary Romance.

BLURB: There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.

After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen
Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇
4.5 Stars. (As of 12/16/15, this book is free on Amazon!)

Jesse’s expression didn’t change. Nothing I said or did seemed to unnerve him. "Just one more thing,” he began, looking so hard into my eyes I half expected his stare to go right through me. “The reason you’re pushing me away, and the reason you’ve probably pushed everyone else away, is also the reason you’re here.” Stepping into me, Jesse’s eyes dropped with what I guessed was sadness. “You think you deserve this. You think you deserve
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is free on Amazon
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This book surprised the hell out of me. My feelings at the beginning were totally changed by the end. I thought the beginning was really silly, and I just knew I wasn't going to be able to stand either the main character or that of the main male character.....wrong.

This story was so heartwarming, and sweet, and also, quite serious. It was funny, and had its sad moments - it was pretty much everything I like in my books. I really
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sweet-hero
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: university, virgin
4.5 stars!****

Cowboyyyyyyys! In tight jeans. With hats!

But besides cowboys it was a gripping, heart-breaking, hope inducing book.

Rowen just barely graduated highschool. She's a mess. She did drugs, skipped classes and slept with too many guys.

I’d worn so many different labels I lost count. People liked to label things; it made them feel like the world made some sense. Like, if I was one thing, they were the other.

I’d been labeled a goth, an emo, a druggie, a loser, and my personal favori
Beth Hudspeth
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Reviewed by: Hello Beautiful Book Blog

Free on Amazon!

Potential for the story, but some aspects fell flat... or annoying... or just plain strange.

Rowen is on her way to work on a ranch for the summer to prove to her mom she is worthy of going to art school in the fall despite her terrible grades and behavior. She meets up with a cowboy to take her back to the ranch and that’s when the story starts to get weird… and dumb. Jesse is apparently a 19 year old philosopher and totally mature. Yeah…
Title: Lost and found
Author: Nicole Williams
Rating: 2.5 stars
POV: first person heroine
HEA: (view spoiler)
Heat/Steam low
Cliffhanger: . No.
Intolerable Heroine .No.
Über Douchebagery .No.
Taboo Subject Matter .No.
Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love Triangle (view spoiler)

I really wanted to like this one because it's the perfect recipe of things I enjoy in a romance. Unfortunately I spent most of the book bored out of my mind.
Kim Person
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Lost and Found by Nicole Williams is one book you MUST read ~ Once I started reading this one I was literally ............................

Rowen has always found herself outside of the "traditional" roles in society marching to the beat of her own drum ~ She also was very good at doing this when someone became too close to her...................

well that all changes when she meets Jesse ~ Jesse with the "too tight" pants, white shirt, straw cowboy hat and cowboy boots. Yes ladies Jesse is the com
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bethany by: Buddy read with Jennifer and Jenn
Shelves: favorites, cowboys
I don’t think I’ve smiled or been giddy as much as I was while reading Lost and Found. I absolutely loved this book!! I was sold when I saw the word cowboy’s, but the story hooked me from the very beginning. Then there is Jesse Walker, the delicious cowboy in tight tight ass hugging jeans. I had butterflies in my stomach and was swooning over him throughout the book. Here is a small sample of why I loved him so much. This does include a tiny spoiler.

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Akanksha❤ Søren♰
Realllllllyyyyy loved this book

It reminded me a little of Chasing McCree; If you loved Chasing McCree by J.C. Isabellaby, you will love this too~
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So I just wanna start by saying this series is one of my absolute favourites and the first time I read them a couple years ago I was absolutely shit at leaving reviews. So I'm excited to be back here leaving a review for this baby. Ok, now to my review.

Jesse Walker was one of my first book boyfriends and well, you never forget your first, am I right? Of course I am. So when I seen this book on my bookshelf I had to bury myself in the land of Jesse Walker *sighs*

Jesse is everything one could po
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Dec 17, 2014 marked it as to-read
FREE TODAY 12-17-14 on Amazon
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Dec 30, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
💝 FREE on Amazon today (12/30/2017)! 💝
Oh she knows how to write a YA she does!

Bad Girl meets Good Boy....

18 year old Rowen Sterling – Goth/Emo/Freak, used to enjoying time skipping school and making out with bad boys, is sent to Montana to work hard on her mother's friend's cattle ranch for the summer. She is prove to her mother that she can be responsible before attending Art School. After stepping off the Greyhound bus she is picked up by 20 year old Jesse Walker – Golden boy, Ranch hand, Cowboy extraordinaire, honest, gorgeous, d
Sammy ⭐️
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, 4-star, cowboy
I loved this book the only reason I've given it 4 stars is because I don't feel like the story has ended there is no epilogue or a promise of another book but there could be so much more to say, I really hope we hear more about Jesse and Rowen ...more
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 amazeballs stars!!!

I loved loved loved this book…it was heart wrenchingly emotionally beautiful. I couldn’t put it down and was gutted when I saw “The End”…however, Nicole if you are reading this that seriously cannot be the end…I hardly ever relish having to wait for a sequel but this book NEEDS a sequel in fact it DEMANDS a sequel…it was a sort of HEA ending but nowhere near enough…no epilogue and a story so open ended that it needs Nicole to start pressing some keys that says…the continua
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Rowen has dreams of attending a top art school once she graduates high school but her mother wants her to prove that she can buckle down before she agrees to pay for it. She sends Rowen to her friend’s family ranch for the summer so she understands what hard work really is. Rowen is going through a phase of dyed black hair, dark clothing and quite a few piercings so she will not quite look like the average Montana teenager.

Rowen has no idea what to expect as she arrives in Montana after a long
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
While I enjoyed this book, there's no escaping that many of its aspects are pretty idealized. It's not that I don't know people like the Walkers, I do (though all of them are actually explicitly religious, unlike the Walkers). And it's not that I don't know people like both Rowan and Jesse. But things did fit together rather conveniently, really, and the "I love yous" were pretty quick, all told, and there was enough chance (and even the occasional mystical "feeling") that it all added up to ski ...more
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
There were parts I liked, parts I didn't. I guess I'm conflicted. ...more
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Nicole is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author who got her humble start dictating books to her parents at the age of three and her big break nearly three decades later when she signed her first publishing deal. She grew up an avid reader and writer who majored in Economics because a Creative Writing degree was lofty and impractical, not to mention a pipe dream. Irony, you wily fiend. ...more

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