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.
5 star review!
I am Nicole Williams biggest fan.. I’m not kidding. I adore all of her books and now Lost and Found is definitely one of my favourites.
This novel is written in Rowen Sterling’s POV, with the epilogue being in Jesse Walker’s POV. There is one word that best describes why you should read this book… COWBOYS! If you don’t automatically fall in love with Jesse then you have issues because he is officially added to my list of all-time favourite book boyfriends.
Rowen is sent to the Walker family ranch for the summer so that her mother will fund her wish to go to Art school. The ranch is the backdrop for Rowen and Jesse meeting. Instantly, you learn that Rowen has a serious attitude problem but this is justified by what she has had to deal with in her home-life. I felt really protective of Rowen in this novel, the plot had a lot of depth and dealt with a lot of issues that you did not expect would arise.
“My secret? I’d simply accepted that life was pain.”
Of course, any story would not be complete without a villain. Consequently, I believe that there are two villains in this novel, Garth Black and Rowen’s mother. Garth is out to steal the girl, preferably Rowen, as Garth and Jesse don’t exactly see eye-to-eye. Though I dislike him a fair bit, I’d still like to see him happy and learn the power of love – hopefully, we see this in the sequel. Rowen’s mother is another story and she needs some serious education on how to be a mother cause the way she treats Rowen is not acceptable AT ALL!
I couldn’t put this book down when I started reading it and was up until the late hours of the night finishing it. It is extremely enjoyable and now I can’t wait to read Near and Far (Lost and Found #2).