Lost and Found by Karey White
Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she’s done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it’s time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home.
Blake feels like he’s been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he’s on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he’s going home, and that’s that. But that’s before he discovers his flight has been cancelled.
When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.
Karey is a USA Today best-selling author. She grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.
She loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four wonderful children.
What a wonderful example of how a little bit of courage can bring about wonderfully unexpected rewards! While you can live life in the slow lane and be content and happy, is it worth missing out on surprise blessings that are ours if we would just reach out and grab them? Sometimes doing what we should do is even better than doing what we want to do. Who really knows what treasures are hidden just behind the door that we fear to open?
Lydia spent her summer in her friend’s condo in Charlotte, North Carolina in order to have the adventure that she has always dreamed of. She has lived a safe and small life in Bridger with her family, and now she is finally ready to spread her wings and fly except she has fallen flat on her face instead of soaring through the clouds. Her courage was only short lived, and now she must go back home and bury her disappointment deep inside. Blake is a successful lawyer on the fast track to becoming a partner in his firm. He has no idea why he is following his grandfather’s wishes from the grave and setting out on an adventure to find his inheritance. His search turns up nothing, and he too is on his way home with a heart full of disappointment and confusion as to why he even came to Charlotte while risking his job. When these two lonely souls collide, the unexpected become reality and the unlikely becomes possible. Will they find the courage and the missing part of themselves that they are desperately in search of, or will they settle for what they are used to and risk losing something irreplaceable?
The happenstance meeting of Lydia and Blake was so incredibly cute and forever memorable. There was no reason whatsoever for these two to form a quick friendship when they should have just parted ways as the strangers they were and went back home with their tails between their legs. Instead, Lydia was tired of always feeling like she was letting life pass her by, and she resolutely decided to take the road less traveled and help Blake on his personal quest. After all, his adventure was a lot more interesting than what she had planned once she arrived home. Blake was very surprised to say the least at her offer, but what did he honestly have to lose since his partnership was already on shaky ground at this point. He welcomed the intriguing help, and he also welcomed the foreign but pleasing presence of this beautiful female who was somewhat interested in him or at least in his little task.
Watching both Lydia and Blake open up and get to know each other was like watching a well-tended and nurtured seed bloom into a beautiful flower. While their meeting and time spent together was rushed and very unconventional, it was nonetheless true and honest. Two people who have found themselves wandering this world in search of something they can’t name or put words literally stumble upon exactly what they need and want in each other. You can never go wrong when you speak truth and encouragement from the heart. When all would lead you astray, the heart will always lead you home.
I am extremely impressed with Karey White’s incredible talent in weaving such a sweet and endearing story of two people who have lost their focus on what is most important. There was never a time when I was not able to feel the healing and the transformation that took place within and between Lydia and Blake. Their belief and persistence in a simple yet challenging mission cultivated the belief that they were worthy of something greater then what they had settled for. They resolutely put aside what was worthless and temporary and replaced it with something that was permanent and priceless.
When Lydia approached her seat a few minutes later, an airport security officer with a shiny face and a little paunch was standing in the aisle by her suitcase.
“Is this your bag?” he asked.
“Yes. Is everything okay?” Why hadn’t she paid attention to the voice in her head?
“It appeared to be left unattended. In the future, I’d advise you to either take your bag with you or move it closer to your boyfriend when you leave.”
Lydia shot a surprised glance at the movie star, and he shrugged. “Sorry, babe. I told him you’d be right back, and I offered to move your bag over by me, but he wanted me to wait for you to come back.”
Lydia almost choked. She knew he was just rescuing her from the security guard, but no one had ever, ever called Lydia “babe” before and certainly no one as handsome as Ryan Gosling. It had a wonderful ring to it. Was her racing heart because of being questioned by an officer of the law or because this man had just called her “babe?”
Lydia dragged her distracted gaze back to the much less interesting man standing by her bag. “I’m so sorry. I just had to make a little run to the ladies’ room. It won’t happen again.”
“See that it doesn’t. Airport security is no laughing matter.” Was she laughing? “Have a nice flight.”
Lydia sat down by her bag. “You should probably move over here by me since you’re my girlfriend. We don’t want to make him suspicious.”
“Oh. Of course. I should have thought of that.” Did the movie star want Lydia to sit by him? Lydia rolled her eyes at her silliness. He was just trying to keep from being hassled any further. He went back to working on his laptop as she moved her things across the aisle. “Sorry about that,” Lydia whispered.
“No problem.” He looked up from his computer and smiled. Oh. My. Wow! Up close his dimple was even cuter. The bigger the smile, the deeper the dimple. “Are you taking a trip to Denver?” he asked.
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