I found the book The Nine Lives of Christmas in a pile of my daughter’s books. She said she had never read it had no idea where it came from and I was welcome to borrow it. So I did. Having just finished a couple of “loser” books about cats, or rather books featuring cats in amongst all the human angst and drama, I was anxious to find a decent book about a cat or cats that could catch my interest for a few hours, not leave me sobbing into a tissue, and was, hopefully upbeat. Although a tad out of season, this book filled the bill!
Sheilah Roberts, the author, must be a “cat lady”. At least she is deeply sympathetic to and understanding of cats. I have to believe she’s a “cat lady” or at least a “secret cat lady”.
This book features Ambrose, a cat who finds him self in the awkward position of having to bargain with God, or with the “Cat God”, take your pick, for his ninth life. He’s used up his other eight, you see. Ambrose is rescued by a fire-fighter named Zach. A kind man at heart who has been thrown some curves and is shut down to any sort of a relationship involving any sort of commitment with a woman. Zach has a girlfriend, but WHAT a girlfriend! Neither Ambrose or the reader will like her. He also winds up becoming friends with Merilee, an employee in what sounds like one of our own “Pets Marts”. Since it seems that Ambrose has been given his ninth life so that he can help Zach, Ambrose must pull some “kitty-strings” to bring Zach and Merilee together. There are a number of scenes to make you smile, some to make you laugh. All in all, this book is a happy good vibe that also points out the often sad fate of shelter cats, the unfairness of rent restrictions against responsible pet owners — a book that you will enjoy reading and will close with a smile on your face. You can find the book in used book stores, on Amazon, in the library or on Kindle. Happy reading.