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The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson- Book Review

The Christmas CatThe Christmas Cat
Melody Carlson
Publisher: Revell, September 9, 2014
Number of pages: 176
Buy Link: Amazon

He felt his face flushing as Cara opened the door. Wearing a garnet-colored knit dress and with her dark hair pinned up, she looked even prettier than he remembered. Suddenly he wished he’d thought to bring a hostess gift. Like a cat.

Confession: I don’t read a lot of fiction. Hardly any actually. Still, when Revell offered to let me read The Christmas Cat I knew I had to do it. A book about Christmas and cats- totally my thing, there’s no way I won’t love it!

I know one’s not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but truth be told, this time I did. I was hooked the moment I saw the sweet Maine Coon sitting patiently in front of the beautifully lit Christmas tree- a cover worthy of a frame for sure, and I couldn’t wait to dive into the pages within.

The book opens with Garrison Brown reflecting on his strong disdain for all cats and I couldn’t help immediately jumping to conclusions about his character and the irony of the story that was sure to unfold. The more I learned about Garrison and his situation the more I liked him. It was easy to empathize with him. I found myself cheering him on as I read and anxious to see him realize God’s plan for his future. First though Garrison would have to find a home for all six of his grandmother’s cats, a task made more difficult due to his grandmother’s strict guidelines.

The book was a light and easy read. I found myself smiling as I read, just enjoying the story. It’s not a book that requires deep-thinking. It’s not super dramatic. I found it easy to put down when I needed to and I was always happy when I was able to pick it up again. I read it on a long day of traveling and found it to be the perfect travel companion, an easy distraction from the busy airports and long flights.

Overall I really enjoyed the story. It was heartwarming and read a lot like one of those made-for-TV Christmas movies (which I also love). It was simple and sappy in all of the best ways. My 12 year old daughter, who also loves cats, was excited to read it after me and she also enjoyed it. We both had only one complaint, that it ended a bit abruptly and far too soon. While not exactly a cliff hanger, the ending did leave us both wishing for more answers.

Melody Carlson’s The Christmas Cat is a delightful, heartwarming book. If there’s a snow day in your future I highly suggest grabbing a copy along with your mug of hot cocoa and blanket to snuggle in for an afternoon by the wood stove.

Special thanks to Revell for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This post contains affiliate links, learn more here.

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The Need of You and Me and Elijah

Come Psalm 27:8

A few weeks ago I started a mastermind group. It’s a small group of writers and bloggers each committed to their own story and also committed to each other. This post started as a status updated in that group: I feel like I’ve become the downer of our little group. It’s really unlike me and I don’t like it. I keep finding myself wrestling with God over issues that I thought I’d already surrendered. For instance, I really want to write on my blog. I just paid for another year of hosting, I want to see the value of it by actually posting something there- I want to move forward. But there are no words for me on my blog… Perhaps you, blog reader, have also noticed my silence in this space. I promise it’s not for lack of desire to connect with you. I dream of filling this space… [Continue Reading]

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Greetings From Allume!


Hello, hello, hello! I made it! I’m here! I have found my people!!! So, real quick, I wanted to say an official hello to those of you visiting my blog from Allume. HELLO! I’m so glad you stopped by! This is my blog where I write about ALL the life between once upon a time and happily ever after. I write a little bit about everything- Bible studies and faith, marriage and family, shoes and chocolate, this thing called LIFE. One of my first posts was a fairy tale which turned into a little series, and last October I wrote a 31 Days series called Hearken, I would love for you to read either of those series. If you’d like to get a feel for my usual voice though, start with one of my featured posts. I frequently write guest posts for other blogs and I would love to become part… [Continue Reading]

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