Lost and Found & Picture This

| August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
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v - http://retrieverlife.comJacqueline 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. Fmd out more about Jacqueline on her site.

I don’t travel much as I prefer to be at home with my dogs, but I happened to find myself in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport one day. As I was wandering around the airport shops waiting for my flight, my eye was caught by a  book with a picture of a black Labrador on the cover. The title of the book was called “Picture This” and, after reading the summary, I discovered it was the second book in a sequel, following a book called “Lost and Found”. The author wasn’t known for writing books on dogs but I thought it might be an interesting diversion so, when I returned home, I decided to check them both out.

The first book in the series, Lost & Found was an easy read with light drama – I think the best way to describe it is a good ”summer read” or “beach book”. The book’s main character is a woman who blames herself for the death of her husband and seeks refuge in a summer tourist location where she turns her life upside down with changes (or distractions). An injured black Labrador and a teenager become a part of her life. The first half of the book was a bit slow, trying to provide a lot of background and share emotions of the characters in a vague way. Toward the end, when the dog is in danger, the book was hard to put down which I think is because of my bias towards dogs.

Picture This: A Novel (P.S.)(the second book in the series) had a much more complex plot and appeared to be written much more intentionally yet creatively. A man enters the main character’s life as well as a strange girl who claims to be the daughter of her dead husband. The black Labrador was less of a central character but still played a key role which made the book enjoyable for me.

I much preferred the second book but appreciated the black Labrador and his part much more having read the first book. So I would recommend reading both (in order) for the best experience. Good, relaxing, summer reads.

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Lorraine has owned Labradors for over 20 years and has bred them about half that time. A good day for Lorraine is experiencing the unbridled joy of her labs greeting her (in the morning, after work, or even after a short trip to the store), witnessing the pure happiness of her labs in the field retrieving or exploring on a hike, and snuggling with (or under) them on the couch at night. A great day is a good day (just described) plus having a litter of puppies around!

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