Reviewed by Charis.
The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the story of a teen, named Kira Bennet, and her adoptive family’s business of training search-and-rescue dogs. Kira was adopted after she had been found alone in the forest at a very young age. The book follows Kira, her adoptive brother Jude, and their neighbor and best friend Free as they set out on a Search-and-Rescue Mission to recover a young girl, Bella, from an unknown kidnapper. However, Jude’s father shows up and things get complicated, leading Kira to eventually discover the truth about her own past. I would highly recommend this book because it is a quick read and is quite a beautiful story. It is not a true story, but could happen and is fairly true to real life. It’s definitely not the cheeriest book in the world, but there is both hope and redemption displayed in it. Because of this, we are able to see the light at the end of the tunnel throughout the story. Certainly, this is not an empty read. You will come away with something and it definitely holds one’s interest. I couldn’t put this book down, and it takes a lot for that to happen. I would heartily recommend this to someone who is looking for a story that is true to the hardships of life and that deals with them in a way that ultimately supplies hope for the future outcome. I was most fascinated by the relationship between Kira and her dogs. They mean the world to her and they added an interesting facet to the story. With her wild upbringing, she is more able to relate to their lives than that of other people at times, which is captivating to me. I hope to see more from this author soon, as I enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a book to escape into, this is probably not it, as it will make you think; but for those searching for a read in which they can explore different ways of seeing things, I would heartily recommend this story.