Monday, November 17, 2014

Melody Carlson's "The Christmas Cat" - a heartwarming holiday tale

The Christmas CatUpon the death of his grandmother, Garrison Brown, recently returned from the mission field in Uganda with malaria, gets saddled with the daunting task of finding safe, loving homes for each of his grandma's six beloved cats - a task complicated by explicit instructions in her will and some extreme allergies on his part. Placing the cats has unexpected results, and suddenly dreams that once were just wishes have a chance at coming true - but will he take a leap of faith to follow them?

Upon finishing the story I had the sudden and intense urge to go cuddle with a cat. Anyone who has ever felt alone can relate with Garrison - with no family left and his life's work no longer an option for him, he is struggling to find a place for himself. Being intimately acquainted with some missionaries, I had a better understanding than I might have otherwise for his disconnect upon returning to the United States, though I can only imagine how much harder it would be without a wide network of family support to rely on. The novella is a heartwarming holiday story, touched with humor and a dash of romance. Naturally recommended for cat-lovers, but the sweet story has a universal appeal.

Thank you Revell for providing a free book in exchange for an honest review; I was not required to make it positive, and all opinions are my own.

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