There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.
After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.
Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.
Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls.
When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.
Abby’s Review 5 stars
This last week of reading I was in a funk, I could not find a four star read. I kept feeling like everything I was reading was mediocre or worse. I was in a slump. I received the ARC for Lost and Found and I thought, Nicole Williams has never let me down, maybe this will end my slump .
I started the story and Hmm I thought, a cowboy and a goth emo chick, cowboys are not usually my thing and what an unusual combo. However, typical Nicole Williams comes out. She does not disappoint me. She delivers unique characters that have me laughing, smiling, tearing up, and feeling giddy. I am so glad I finally made the right choice as to what book to crack open. She pulled me out of my slump.
Nicole Williams yet again delivers characters that you fall head over heels for. Jesse is a cowboy, sexy, yet strong in every way that Rowen needs him to be.
“We shouldn’t spend our time trying to avoid falling. We should spend it finding someone who will help us up.”
As much as this is a love story, it is a story of healing and how sometimes the most messed up situations can leave a person broken.
“I wasn’t healed-I wasn’t naive enough to think some words and hugs would heal that kind of a wound-but I’d been heard.”
Jesse and his family taught Rowen lessons in love. Taught her how to start to love herself. And in teaching her how to love herself, she falls in love with Jesse.
“That kiss wasn’t a tease; it wasn’t anything close to a tease. It was the kind of a kiss a girl would forever measure against. It set the bar for all future kisses. That kiss made me want to do nothing but keep my mouth firmly planted on Jesse’s until the day I died.”
This story is beautiful and strangely addictive. Rowen and Jesse keep you pulled in. I am so grateful that there are authors out there that I can depend on like Nicole to always deliver. This book certainly does.
Dawn’s Review 5 Stars
Oh wow…my heart is full to bursting right now with emotions after reading Lost and Found! What a fantastic read by Nicole Williams! Rowen comes from a crappy home with a mom that doesn’t care, so really why should she care about herself? She heads to Willow Springs looking and acting like what she and others call a ‘freak’. And then she meets Jesse. And the rest of the Walker family. People who love her for who she is (crap, I’m crying again at how amazing that whole family is…) and who see Rowen for the beautiful soul she is regardless of what she looks like, who she pretends to be or how hard she fights to keep up walls.
Jesse, the handsome, tough, sexy cowboy that Rowen meets and fall for…sigh…he’s yummy and sweet and has this amazing capacity to love and protect Rowen. There is this wonderful vulnerability and depth to him that just drew me into him.
I loved how Nicole Williams delivers Rowen’s story of learning to love and trust herself and let go of what is in her life which is not healthy so SHE can be healthy emotionally. Truly a beautiful story!
*ARC provided by author for honest review
I’m a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I’m still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here’s to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?
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