Lost & Found (Rocky Pelligrino #1) by Jacqueline Sheehan
Publisher/Year: Harper Collins, 2007
An unforgettable tale of love, loss, and moving on–with the help of one not-so-little dog…
After the death of her husband, Rocky flees to Peak’s Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine, a million miles away from everything she’s lost. Taking a job as an Animal Warden, Rocky meets Lloyd, a large Labrador Retriever, who enters her world with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder. And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and an injured, lovable beast.
Can the magic of Peak’s Island and its quirky residents heal Rocky’s pain? As the unraveling mystery of Lloyd’s accident and missing owner leads Rocky to an archery instructor who draws her in even as she finds every reason to mistrust him, she discovers the life-altering revelation that grief can be transformed…and joy does exist in unexpected places.
What I thought
I really enjoyed this one! This was an odd little book with one quirky and irreverent heroine, and I’m actually a little sad to be finished with this one. This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea–the reviews seem pretty mixed. So don’t take my word for it, but I, for one, thought this book was great. Rocky became one of my favorite heroines. I liked that she was different and flawed and truly grieved for her husband in her own way. Grief looks so different for everyone, and I think it’s important to acknowledge that. And let’s talk about why everyone is here in the first place–that adorable cover! Dog lovers, rest assured, Sheehan hits the nail on the head as to what makes our furry friends so special. All I could think about while reading this at work was how much I’d rather be at home cuddling with my Zeus! As for the minor characters, I wish I felt like I “knew” them more, but they were all so unique that I do feel sorry to leave them. I’m glad there’s a sequel! This was a great little summer read for me, and I’m glad that I finally got around to it!