Lost and Found

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Allison is not having her best day. Thanks to the Texas weather, a seemingly insignificant flyer on the windshield of her car has opened up a big ol' can of worms. There's the near miss with a dreamy brown-eyed man (Did we mention his not-so-charming attitude?). And overzealous new neighbor (a big wet dog who wants to play with Al in the rain). And, oh, her matchmaking best friend. More

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Published by Echelon Press LLC
Words: 53,240
Language: English
ISBN: 9781590800034
About Karen L. Syed

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. As a former bookstore owner, she garnered a nomination from Publishers Weekly for their Bookseller of the Year award. 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.

You can learn more about Karen Syed at http://klsyed.com.

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Review by: Beth Park on Dec. 24, 2011 :
Al and Will meet in the rain when Al nearly runs over Will. Both characters make a lot of assumptions about each other, but find once they understand the truth that love is inevitable. This was an enjoyable read - light and quick.

While this book had some editorial errors, they were not overly distracting.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Amy Smith on Dec. 20, 2011 : (no rating)
Allison Ryder and Wilfred Hoyt first met when he placed a flyer looking for his lost dog on Allison's car. The second time they met was when Allison found his dog. She also found out that she had new neighbors and one she liked very much. Will also has a niece that lives with him named Lizzie. For Lizzie's sake, they decide to marry so Will can keep Lizzie with him instead of her going to live with her aunt. They all have to learn in the end where they belong and they all realize that they all belong together as a family.

This book was a great read. It was funny, emotional, and romantic. Al and Will both love each other but both thing the other one was obligated to marry the other one. It's fun how they finally realize that they both love each. It was very emotional how they found out how they loved Lizzie. My fave character was Hoyden, the dog. For without her, they wouldn't have met. Hoyden made a lot of the scens very funny.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kana Tyler on Dec. 19, 2011 :
Karen Syed’s “Lost and Found” is a thoroughly enjoyable contemporary romance about a pair of characters who are flawed enough to feel real—and endearing. Allison and Will have both suffered some emotional scarring, along with some long-established defensive behaviors that threaten at times to derail the beckoning possibility of a romantic relationship between them. For reasons other than romance [Intrigued? You’ll have to read!] they find themselves married before they’ve worked out all the kinks of one another’s personal quirks, and their somewhat bumbling side-by-side journey to deliverance from their respective pasts makes for a compelling read.

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.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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