The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson ~ Christmas Novella

Contemporary Fiction / Christmas Novella

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.

After years abroad, Garrison Brown finds himself at the home of his beloved grandmother who has just passed away. He must sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While he hopes to dispense with the task quickly--especially since he is severely allergic to cats--his grandmother's instructions don't allow for speed. She has left some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends.

Can he match the cats with the perfect new owners? And is it possible that he might meet his own match along the way?


My Thoughts

It doesn't quite feel like the Christmas season has begun until I have read a Christmas themed novella from Melody Carlson. Each year I look forward to her newest offering and a quiet evening at home to savor it.

This year she has penned The Christmas Cat. I'm not a cat lover I don't hate them I just lean towards dogs. When I picked up this book I was a bit worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I have her other Christmas books. What was I thinking?!!

The main character is Garrison Brown and he's not a cat lover either. He has severe allergies to them. When his beloved grandmother dies he is put in charge of finding her six cats new homes. Easy enough, right? Well much to Garrison's dismay his grandmother has attached several requirements to the homes that her cats are placed in.

This is a wonderful book filled with humor and seriousness. The characters are easy to identify with and their stories are just complex enough to make this short book feel complete. There is enough romance to make you smile and at the last page you'll release a contented sigh.

I say treat yourself this season and pick up a copy of The Christmas Cat for a little respite amid the hubbub. It would also make a great stocking stuffer for the romantic book lover on your list. 

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