THE DEPARTMENT OF LOST & FOUND
ALLISON WINN SCOTCH
ISBN# (10): 0-06-116141-1/(13): 978-006116141-4
William Morrow (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East, 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022
$23.95 U.S./$29.95 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Natalie Miller does not let anything or anyone get in her way. As the senior aide to a woman New York Senator, she excells in her job, until she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Natalie cannot believe she has breast cancer. If that was not bad enough, everything in her life begins falling apart. Her live-in boyfriend calls it quits. She soon learns her job with the senator has problems when the senator is disinterested in the campaign, issues or even the election. Then there are the chemo treatments that are so bad, she feels close to death. Instead of pushing people away, she begins to fall upon them for comfort. She has more times on her hands and begins recording her activities in a diary, while taking a long look at herself. In her dating life, she had many boyfriends leave and she begins to wonder, was she to blame. Of course her latest boyfriend, that left, was nothing but a cheat. While undergoing treatments, she takes a leave of absence and a junior aide is more than happy to take over her job.
The only high point in her life seems to be when she spends time with good friend Jake, or her doctor, Zach, and watching, The Price is Right. Jacob Spencer Martin, Jake, is an old love. Each weekend their thing was taking long lingering walks together. He comes back into her life to offer comfort.
Jake and Zach care for her but she does not feel a complete romance with Jake.
Zach is a brawny gynecologist who wishes to lend a hand to Natalie. As her doctor, he does not wish to leave her alone. When she is around Zach, many things stir in her mind. No longer a workaholic, Natalie begins to do a profile on Natalie and the important things in life, as she sets out to fight the cancer that disrupted her life.
The Department of Lost and Found is a journey that allows the reader to see the many stages that Natalie enters once discovering she has cancer. Natalie is like any female at any age that faces problems. It is a time to grab hold of the real things in life and Natalie has spent her years throwing herself in her job and never really stopping to smell the roses until the cancer hits and she realizes she has missed much in life. Allison Winn Scotch touches on many things in this book that makes the reader feel the emotions, empathy and pain that stirs within Natalie. I loved her episodes surrounding The Price is Right shows. Ms. Scotch really captures the events that the cancer patient often has to endure in this inspiring read.
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