Kira Bennett's earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods. She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search-and-rescue. Along with Cady's son, Jude, and their neighbor, Free, Kira works alongside Cady to train the world's most elite search-and-rescue dogs. Someday, all three teenagers hope to put their skills to use, finding the lost and bringing them home. But when Cady's estranged father, the enigmatic Bales Bennett, tracks his daughter down and asks for her help in locating a missing child—one of several visitors who has disappeared in the Sierra Glades National Park in the past twelve months—the teens find themselves on the frontlines sooner than they could have ever expected. As the search through 750,000 acres of unbridled wilderness intensifies, Kira becomes obsessed with finding the missing child. She knows all too well what it's like to be lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival, alone. But this case isn't simple. There is more afoot than a single, missing girl, and Kira's memories threaten to overwhelm her at every turn. As the danger mounts and long-held family secrets come to light, Kira is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her adopted family, her true nature, and her past.
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This story manages to combine a fluid narrative with a mystery plot line. I’m not a huge reader of mystery books (classic fiction is more my style) but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Super disappointed that it came out so recently because it means the next one won’t be coming for a while!
The lovely and the lost
This author is one of my favorites and this book didn’t disappoint. I never saw any of the turns coming. Great job! 👍🏼
Search & rescue dogs and teenagers, great story!
The Lovely and the Lost is a story about teenagers, family, and dogs. What drew me to reading it was the dog part of the story, but I had no idea that it would be a story with so much heart. Meeting Kira, Free, Jude and Cady honestly felt like meeting them. I always have a soft spot for YA fiction, and this one tops my list.
Kira is a teenager who was raised by first her foster, but then adoptive, mother Cady. Jude is her brother, Cady’s biological son of unknown origin. Free is the neighbor’s daughter, but for all intents and purposes, could be Cady’s third child. The three teenagers, better known as the Miscreants, are inseparable. Cady is a search and rescue dog handler and trainer. She has raised each of these teens to handle dogs. All three excel in search and rescue games, but when a real search for a little girl comes knocking at their door, will they be able to perform? And will Kira, who once was that missing little girl, be able to put her own demons to rest?
There are books that capture my attention and my heart. This book was one of them. Barnes has written a can’t put down story with a soul. Each of these characters was real, well rounded, and believable. The connection between the teens and their dogs was heartwarming, but also real. Search and rescue dogs are not only beloved pets, but working dogs that have a task to perform. This isn’t a sugar coated, alls well that ends well story. Yet it also isn’t dark and foreboding. It is the perfect blend of suspense and joy. I simply loved every minute of it.
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