Lost & Found

Posted on: 10 July 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

An unforgettable story of love, loss and a dog called Lloyd.

Roxanne Pellegrino’s world implodes when her husband dies unexpectedly aged just 42 years old. The only way she can deal with her all-consuming grief is to run away from her life.

She leaves her home, her career and her friends and heads for Peak’s Island, a tiny place off the coast of Maine. A former psychologist, she takes a job as an animal warden and reinvents her past so it doesn’t include the tragedy of her husband’s death or her inability to save him. Cutting herself off from her emotions and seeking a life where disaster can’t find her, she finds it’s a lot harder to avoid people and slowly she is drawn into the life of the island and the lives of her quirky neighbours.

And then Roxanne meets Lloyd. Lloyd is a stray dog, a large black Labrador retriever who is injured and lost. As the mystery of the dog’s injury and his missing owner unfolds, Roxanne begins to deal with her grief and discover that happiness can be found in unexpected places.

Lost and Found is a New York Times bestselling novel that has sold over 140,000 copies in the US.

Film rights in Lost and Found have been optioned by Emmy Award-winning actress Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy and, most recently, star of 27 Dresses).

Jacqueline Sheehan, Ph.D, is a writer and a psychologist who lives in Massachusetts. The path to both professions was a dizzying route marked by early career choices as a director of a travelling puppet troupe, roofer, waitress, lifeguard, freelance journalist, health-food clerk and photographer. Most recently, she was the director of psychological counselling at Westfield State College in Massachusetts before leaving to pursue her present writing career.

She published Truth, a novel based on the life of Sojourner Truth in 2003 and edited an anthology, Women Writing in Prison, in 2005. Jacqueline teaches writing at international writing retreats and is the fiction editor for the online journal, Patchwork. She is currently working on her third novel.

Lost and Found, by Jacqueline Sheehan, published by Ebury Press, is available at all good bookshops, RRP £6.99, or online from Amazon for £4.89.

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