The Christmas Cat
Author: 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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