The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 Release Date - August 4, 2020


Teenager Kira Bennett has troublesome memories of her life before search-and-rescue expert Cady Bennett and her dog found and adopted Kira. Kira's grown up helping train and handle the rescue dogs, but the memories of her past don't go away.

When a child goes missing in Cady's hometown, the team is called in to help with the search. For Cady, the return to her father's home is not a pleasant experience. She hasn't spoken to her father in decades, and she never wanted to again. For Kira and her brother, Jude, it's the chance to meet their grandfather and participate in the search to rescue a child. Kira takes the mission personally as she knows what this child is going through.

The Lovely and the Lost is a fascinating book. I was absorbed, yet one part felt unfinished. I thought for sure that it would become a sequel, but I can't find anything that continues Kira and the Bennett's story.

I loved the interactions with the dogs. Seeing their thoughts with Kira, and her responses to them endeared me to her. I enjoyed the mystery involving the young child's disappearance and the search to find her before time ran out. I just wish that this was the first book in the series. It deserves to be a series.


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