Entitled the Lost, this book is really about redemption. Four stories from four authors, each unique and with its’ own message for the reader to interpret. I enjoyed all four stories, but my favorite was the Legacy by Ruth Ryan Langan. A woman on the edge of dismay is swept into a fantasy world and given more than she ever dreamed. Can it really be hers to keep?
J.D. Robb’s Missing in Death was my next favorite of the quartet. With her usual flair, Robb entwines us in a mystery that defies solving. Eve and Roarke are at times at odds, as it is not all black and white. Anyone familiar with Roarke knows he operates in shades of gray. What resolution will be wrought?
Trapped in a dogs body was the most creative of the stories. Laurie Summer is trapped in a coma and finds herself living life as a dog for a year. She sees a different side of her family and friends, and herself as well. The Dog Days of Summer by Patricia Gaffney was the most thought provoking.
Lost in Paradise was a tale of a curse that could only be broken by true love. I had difficulty getting into this story, and had no sympathy for the “hero.” At times the heroine was too good to be true. My least favorite.
Widely differing in their genres, all were united by the same theme. Lost, and ultimately found.
J. D. Robb's Missing in Death investigates a female tourist's disappearance during a ferry ride. Detective Eve Dallas wonders...if she didn't jump, and she's not on board, then where in the world is she?
In Patricia Gaffney's The Dog Days of Laurie Summer, a woman awakens to a familiar yet unsettling world.
In Mary Blayney's Lost in Paradise, a man locked in an island fortress finds hope for freedom in an enigmatic nurse.
And Ruth Ryan Langan's Legacy belongs to a young woman who unearths a family secret buried on the grounds of a magnificent but imposing Irish castle.