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Review by Suze
Frannie and Louis met online, through the forum of a support group. They've been exchanging messages for years and they know everything there is to know about one another. They talk easily and being under the cover of anonymity helps them to open up. When they both have a reason to travel to Austin, Texas, they decide it's a great chance to see each other in the flesh for the first time. They finally share their names and they exchange telephone numbers.
Louis travels with his sister Willa and Frannie drives to Austin with her cousin Arrow. They've both decided to take someone close with them for support. Louis and Frannie have been losing things for years, they just disappear. During the trip they finally manage to figure out what happens to everything they've lost. Will Louis and Frannie still click when they've spent time together? They're both in Austin for a reason, will they find what they are looking for?
The Lost & Found is a beautiful story about two people who have a deep connection. Louis and Frannie are both really sweet and they care about others. They've been though a lot and their talks always bring comfort. Shortly after they started exchanging messages they realized they also have many things in common, which is how their friendship developed. They like having conversations, but they can also be silent together, which is something I loved about their bond. It's obvious that what's between them is wonderful, whatever it is exactly. It might be difficult to connect when you live on different sides of a big country, but it's definitely not impossible.
Katrina Leno's writing is impressive. She describes difficult topics with sympathy and a sense of humor, which is a combination that works very well. The Lost & Found is an original story. I loved that there are items that keep disappearing. I also liked that the main characters have such distinct personalities, they are real and honest and they don't pretend to be something they're not. That made their story even more amazing.
The Lost & Found is an absolute must-read. I like stories about road trips, and enjoyed Katrina Leno's vivid descriptions of Louis and Frannie's adventures. Their paths cross in a fantastic way and I loved the creativeness of it. I highly recommend this book, it's fascinating, touching, romantic and heartwarming.