Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Book Review - The Department of Lost & Found by Allison Winn Scotch

Natalie Miller had a great life: good boyfriend, great job, a life that was really going somewhere. But then came that dreaded word––cancer. And nothing will ever be the same again. Her boyfriend dumped her, her job as a Senator's aide is going down the tube due to some nasty leaks to the press, and her body has become a slave to the whims of chemo. Natalie is not sure how or why her life has spun out of control, but she's determined to get it back. Even if that means rooting around in her past, starting from the ground up, and finding that maybe––just maybe––giving up control isn't such a bad thing.

My Thoughts: I LOVED this story! I wasn't sure I was going to like it in the beginning, because the story focused not only on Natalie's cancer, but her job and love life also. The story comes together nicely, it is not all doom and gloom about her illness.....there is even romance thrown in for good measure.

When Natalie is given her diagnosis, her current boyfriend dumps her. She sets her sights on contacting the five true loves from her past, to find out why their relationships didn't last. I thought that this was a cute diversion from the story. Natalie's parents are absent for the most important part of her treatment; a past true love shows up and is there for her. Just when you think it is FATE that will bring them back together, the story turns in another direction.

I liked Allison Winn Scotch's writing style. She is very descriptive....I could picture the characters and places in my head while reading. I will definitely read more by this author!

This is a chick lit/drama/comedy all wrapped up in a wonderful story about forgiveness, love, and finding your own true happiness.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Avon A (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006116142X
About the Author

After losing a close friend to breast cancer, Allison Winn Scotch cathartically set out to write a story with a happier ending. While Winn Scotch is the first to point out that Natalie and her thirty-one-year-old friend shared very few similarities, her friend's resilient spirit and courage in the face of an illness that took her life are felt throughout the novel. Winn Scotch has contributed to Family Circle, Glamour, InStyle Weddings, Men's Health, Parents, Prevention, Redbook, Self, Shape, Woman's Day, Women's Health, and others. She lives in New York with her husband, her son and daughter, and their dog.


Suko said...

I enjoyed reading your terrific review! This book sounds really good. :)

Darlyn said...

i've never read or heard about this author *blushing*.but i think this is a great read after all. the story line is interesting.

Blodeuedd said...

Loved it :) Well that is good enough praise for me

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Great review, adding it to my tbr list!

serendipity_viv said...

What a beautiful story. It reminded me a little of Nick Hornby's Hi Fidelity, where he goes back through his past loves to see what went wrong. Alought I think your book is a lot more hard hitting and emotional. I don't normally read chick lit but this sounds so much more.

Wall-to-wall books said...

So I can't figure out if this came out before or after "Time of My Life" which I really want to read.
This book sounds really good, thanks for the great review.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

It does sound very, very good! Must put it on my list! I like the sounds of the "diversion"...could be a very fascinating twist! ~Janine XOL

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Great review, Missy! I have this book on my TBR stacks! Now I must move it up!

Tribute Books said...

Great review,sounds like one I will have to read.

Anna said...

I loved Time of My Life, and I really want to read this one, but I have trouble with cancer stories. Not sure why, but I do.

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