Title: Lost and Found
Author: Nicole Williams | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: May 7 2013
Length: 358 Pages
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Buy It: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: Cute and quite fitting
Point of View: 1st person, following Rowan
My Rating: 4 Stars
What a wonderful, positive book Lost and Found turned out to be. I tend to read a lot of books without ever even looking at the synopsis, and this was no exception. I had noticed this book showing up on Goodreads, saw some other bloggers giving positive reviews, and decided to give it a go. I really didn't know what to expect going in, but I have to say I came away feeling very happy with what I had read. The stories and the characters touched my heart.
I fell in love with Rowan. Her pain and disappointment in the life she has been forced to live was palpable. She has built up so many walls, that she herself doesn't even know who she really is any more.
However, it doesn't take her long to start taking those walls down. All it takes is for her to see how a real family should treat someone they care about. She has been so used to her absentee mother paying her no attention. So, when the Walkers show her the respect she deserves, she opens up and starts to remember the Rowan she really is.
I will get to the Walker family in a minute but first I must talk about Jesse. Giddyup cowboy... I love me a book with a bad boy, but there is so much to be said about the good guys. The down to earth, sweet, romantic, innocent, would do anything for you, good guy. This is exactly what Jesse is, and I loved him. He is not without his own difficult past, but he has refused to let his past define who he is now. He is a constant rock for Rowan to lean on, and you never once doubt his intentions with her.
Now, on to the whole Walker family. They are simply perfect. They are caring, sweet, kind, patient, and exactly what Rowan needed to find her way. Rose, Jesse's mother, was my favorite. Completely down to earth and so very real. That is the only way to really describe it, she is real. There is no sugar coating the situation with her, and she will tell you exactly how she sees it.
This is a one off novel, so there is in fact a conclusion. But, with that being said I kinda wish there was a dreaded cliffhanger... because that way we would get more Rowan and Jesse. I liked where they ended up, and have no doubts for their future, but there is room there for their story to continue. I would love nothing more than to see one day that Nicole Williams has decided to turn this into a series. And that is the highest form of praise, the wish to see more of the same characters even though it wasn't originally planned. I will keep my fingers crossed for this to happen...
**Added Note** A huge thanks to Chelsea from Starbucks & Books Obsession for pointing out that Nicole Williams has officially announced that there will be a second book for Rowan and Jesse. This makes me beyond excited. As of the time of this added note, Near and Far is due to be published on July 30th, 2013. Not a very long wait at all.