I discovered Lost and Found on the uncataloged shelves at my library. It has a black Lab on the front and that sold me on the book before I even read the back cover.
From the back cover:
“But then she meets Lloyd.
“A large black Labrador retriever, Lloyd enters Rocky’s world with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder. And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and a wounded, lovable beast.”
Getting to this part in the story takes a little while, but it’s worth it. Ms. Sheehan’s writing is moving and emotional; I cried along with Rocky at her loss. You care about Rocky from practically the first couple of pages, which is something new for me. It usually takes awhile for characters to reach me but I loved Rocky from the start.
And Lloyd! Lloyd is such a sweetie and Ms. Sheehan gives him his own voice! Lloyd remembers his previous human with sadness and pain, believing that he failed in protecting her. As he bonds with Rocky he joins her in her unsettling dreams, understanding she needs “extra watching at night.”
Rocky’s relationship with Lloyd eventually leads her out of her grief. She is able to move forward, not forgetting her loss but no longer clinging to it instead of living. I realize I’m not providing a lot of detail here but I’m reluctant to give anything away. In the end, they save each other.
One of the ways I rate a book is whether I like it well enough to have my own copy. This one is going on my shelf.