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Lost and Found Paperback – January 5, 2012
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About the Author
Karen L. Syed is the president and COO of Echelon Press, LLC. Every day is a new success story for her as she continues to grow herself and her business. She has seen seven of her own novels published (writing as Alexis Hart), along with numerous articles and short stories. Her latest, "Lost and Found" is tickling the funny bone of readers worldwide. She is committed to helping and encouraging everyone she comes in contact with to seek a healthier and more positive quality of life by reaching for their dreams. Her newest fascination has taken root in the Steampunk industry. This tremendously interesting genre based in the Victorian era is helping to feed a minor obsession with the time period. She is currently embarking on her own Steampunk series called Petticoat Junction. With more than a quarter of a century experience in the book industry, she hopes this one will propel her into the bestseller category. Time will tell. Karen recently moved to Orlando, FL with her nearly perfect husband, so they could be closer to Tinker Bell, oh and Mickey Mouse. She has her priorities in order. You can learn more about Karen Syed at http://klsyed.com.
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There were less important problems,too. Verb tenses were sometimes wrong, like "Will lie on the carpet," or "Will lie at her feet." "Him" was used for "her" at a very inopportune time, "hee" for "he," and "ned" for "need." In addition, why would Allison take a shower right before she went for her walk?
The plot itself wasn't that bad, but the execution was somewhat lacking. The main characters had some redeeming qualities, but I never felt close to them or cared as much as I usually do.
The story does deal with the lost finding a home, whether it is some of the animals in a shelter that is a central part of the show or the characters themselves. The story starts with a lost dog.
I found a few minor pronoun problems that made me re-read the paragraphs a couple of times in a very few instances. That is one reason it received the review it did. But overall I enjoyed the story.
Whether or not they realized it about themselves, Allison and Will have been just as lost as the stray animals at Allison's shelter (among whom we meet Stubby the tail-less ferret and Tippy the three-legged raccoon). If they don't get in their own way too much, they could managed to be "rescued"--but Allison's hard-headed tendency to leap to conclusions and make Assumptions, combined with Will's blundering attempts at understanding the mysterious Race of Women (his orphaned young niece, as well as Allison herself), make for a rough ride for the pair of them.
Their rough ride, however, is a remarkably smooth read---Syed's writing has an effortless-feeling flow to it, the characters' dialogue is both witty and natural, and the story twinkles with bright moments of humor. The "adult" scenes in the book flow as naturally as the rest (another mark of a skilled writer, given how many times I've found myself cringing at clumsily-depicted or overblown sex scenes in a romance novel), and I'm pleased all around to have FOUND an author whose other books I'm now looking forward to reading.