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In her second novel, Sheehan switches genres from her debut historical about Sojourner Truth to a contemporary tale of grief featuring Rocky Pelligrino, a woman reeling from her husband's death. After her husband dies of a heart attack, Rocky leaves behind her career as a psychologist in the Berkshire Mountains and moves to Peak's Island, Maine, taking a job as an Animal Control Warden. Her first catch is a black Lab with an arrow lodged in his shoulder. She takes him in, searches for his owner and tries to solve the mystery behind the arrow's origin. Rocky makes a few friends-anorexic teenage neighbor Melissa and strangely attractive archery instructor Hill Johnson-and her mission takes a surprisingly dark turn after she learns of Cooper's original owners. Dog lovers will adore Sheehan's portrayal of Cooper, who, in contrast to all the human suffering, comprises the bright spot in a melancholy novel.
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"The best book I've read in a long time. I enjoyed every word" Susan Elizabeth Phillips "a contemporary tale of grief...Dog lovers will adore Sheehan's portrayal..." Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Peaks Island (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Later Printing edition (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061128643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061128646
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacqueline Sheehan, Ph.D., is a fiction writer and essayist. 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 high school puppeteers. She is currently the fiction editor for Patchwork Journal, an online journal sponsored by Patchwork Farm, an internationally based writing center. Jacqueline teaches workshops on writing and the combination of yoga and writing.

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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Dana S. Whitney on May 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I hope that Jacqueline Sheehan has LOTS more stories and characters and novels in her. What could have been a mawkish or heavyhanded story about how to survive the death of your husband, was an artful depiction of psychological truths. A variety of parent-child relationships are overlapped and contrasted. While the characters try to manage their feelings and behaviors, the author gives them free reign, leaving room for laughter, tears, romance and shock.

I am philosophically opposed to giving any book 5 stars, but I can find nothing "wrong" with this. I loved the characters and was perfectly happy to stay up til 3 am finding out what happened to them all.

I hope this makes it to the big screen.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gail Wood on May 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Grief comes in many forms and has many obsessions as people [and dogs] work though the loss of loved ones. This very special book tells a story of the helplessness of sorrow, the determination to live with/through it, and the transforming power of living with a broken heart. Broken hearts heal in amazing and simple ways. We don't ever get over the loss of a loved one, but we do manage to get used to it. This is one of those stories. You love the characters, understand them and suffer with them. And then you smile through the tears. This is a consoling and comforting as hugging a big black labrador retriever......
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Claire on July 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
This bittersweet story of a widow coming to grips with her loss and her life is a truly wonderful read. The widow, a psychologist named Rocky, is described as being annoying and blunt, and I did find her behavior and method of dealing with her grief somewhat over the top. Especially for a woman trained as a psychologist. Nevertheless, readers will empathize with Rocky and fall in love with Cooper, the injured black Lab she rescues. I came to respect Rocky for her tenacity and courage, but I absolutely adored Cooper whose loyalty, devotion and intelligence grabbed me firmly by the heart. And I'm not even a dog owner. This is without a doubt the best book I've read in years.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book pulled together a lot of recent trends I've noticed in her recent work (edgier, more focus on mystery, slightly more 'ordinary' h&h) and made it all work. I like the lack of major drama in the past lives of the main characters. He is a widower but she wasn't murdered by the bad guy ('Sharp Edges') or die in a dramatic plane crash ('Family Man') - and his first marriage was a good one. His daughter is a normal teenager. The heroine is successful and good at her job without being nauseatingly so. All in all nice people one might like to meet, and yet they still manage to solve the crime, hold their own in fights, and set the sheets on fire!
The recent 'Shady Lady' also has regular people characters, but somehow they're a little too ordinary. Mack and Cady manage to be normal but still transcend the ordinary enough to be belivable as hero and heroine.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Duch on August 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a HUGE animal person and own a black lab, so I was really excited about this book. However, I had a lot of trouble getting into it. I had trouble really identifying with the characters and I thought some parts of the book were just plain weird.

Then, about halfway through the book, it really picked up and I enjoyed it a lot. It became much more of a page-turner after that.

I thought Sheehan's writing was just OK. Nothing spectacular, but it wasn't bad either. Like I said, I had trouble with the characters at first, but eventually fell to love them. And of course, she did a great job making the reader fall in love with the dog. I would like to have read more about the dog and things that he did.

Overall, this was just an average book. I would not necessarily recommend it to someone out of the blue, but I also would not flat-out discourage them from reading it.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By bookstealth on February 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
For the record, I'm a longtime JAK fan. She was one of my favorite authors for a long time, but the qualities that made her books special have been declining steadily, at least in her mystery/romance variations.
The plotting in Lost and Found is good; there are plenty of lively, well-realized secondary characters who "coulda dunnit". They move the narrative along swiftly and I was stumped right up to the end as to the real villain. The secondary characters are inter-connected logically and emotionally. JAK handled that part of the narrative flow very smoothly, with none of the jarring inconsistencies or too-obvious plot lurches that have marred some of her books. So full marks there.
The trouble is the weirdly flat emotional tone between the "lover" main characters. The most affecting character is unhappy, lonely Aunt Vesta. There's potential emotional fodder a-plenty: Cady fears becoming like her Aunt Vesta, yearns for children, is plagued by old fears; Mark--in a wonderful departure for JAK--is a widower w/ a teenage daughter, a great dad, mourns his dead wife but needs to move on to being a lover/mate/companion again. The resolutions Cady and Mark--and his confused, conflicted daughter--reach are more outlined than illuminated. The scenes are there, the build-up is done, the trademark sparkling Krentzian dialogue is there, but they barely touch the emotional underpinnings before skimming on.
I loved Eclipse Bay; it's vital, vintage JAK. When her focus is firmly on romance, details seem to pretty much take care of themselves. And even if they don't the vividness of her romantic imagination more than compensate. When she's doin' that voodoo she do so well, few can match her. (Sorry, lousy grammar but that's the riff...) She's a storyteller of romances.
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