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Lost & Found

(Rocky Pelligrino #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  12,236 ratings  ·  1,388 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
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Mar 28, 2011 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
Jan 09, 2010 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 25, 2011 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
Laurie  |  LOHF
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, dogs
This book was dripping in sadness and grief. It didn’t make me weepy or a sobbing mess but I did read it with a constant pain in my chest almost the entire time. First it was for Rocky and then it was for Lloyd and later it was for the both of them! I wasn’t quite expecting to have this reaction but dog books can do that to me.

Things start out on a sad note when the author throws you headfirst into the life and grief of Rocky who has recently lost her husband to a heart attack far too early. It’
Apr 27, 2013 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
Kristina Simon
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook
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
Apr 03, 2015 marked it as dnf
Shelves: twenty-fifteen
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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Feb 15, 2012 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
Daniel Taylor
Mar 06, 2013 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 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
Dec 06, 2007 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
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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
Jan 22, 2008 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
Sally Wakeland
Aug 20, 2013 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 isolate
Lenny Husen
May 01, 2008 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
Apr 01, 2008 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
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5. There was a lot going on in this book. Good in depth character development made it easy to jump right in. Of course, my favorite character was Cooper, the big black lab.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure about this book at first, but I ended up really liking it. The story was good & a unique one. Some of the characters were really odd &/or some of the events that took place just kind of had me scratching my head. But it ended up being a nice, heart warming story with a little bit of a mystery/thriller vibe thrown in.
Mara Buck
Dec 08, 2014 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! I’m
Sep 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007-reads
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Caroline Watson-Felt
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Patti from Charlotte
Sep 05, 2011 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
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, dogs, 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 fluff ...more
Jamie Dacyczyn
Jan 23, 2015 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
Feb 03, 2016 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
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
If I could give this book a negative rating, I would! Horrible on so many levels. Characters were not likeable and extremely maudlin, perhaps maudlin is too strong of words as these characters were emotionally dead. I stopped reading when the anorexic girl bent over and ate 3 pieces of dog food from the dog food bowl. I really tried, but the author lost me right there. Actually put this book in the recycle bin.
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book had some weird sexual moments,and some just plain weird moments, but I still enjoyed it. I actually found myself looking for the random weird parts. The story itself isn't too bad though, and the writing is definitely up to scratch. I love the dog on this front cover, it was what made me want to read this book in the first place. Enjoyable book, three and a half to four stars! ...more
Oct 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just stupid. I got tricked into reading it by the adorable dog on the cover - don't let this happen to you :-) It was one of the most poorly written books I've read. The author tried to make big stories out of little things and it just didn't make sense a lot of the time. Uck. ...more
Chloe (Always Booked)
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I really liked this book, but I did feel like it tried to tackle too much at once. This book includes loss of a spouse, eating disorders, a murder mystery, the love and loyalty of a pet, domestic abuse, over coming grief and finding yourself, mother daughter relationships, teen angst, neurological differences, cancer, and so much more. It all worked together pretty well, but it was just a lot and felt very wide and not quite deep enough for me. Long story short, Rocky loses her husban ...more
Mar 27, 2017 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
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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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