Friday, November 21, 2014
The Christmas Cat - by Melody Carlson
About the book:
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?
This was a cute story that put me in the Christmas spirit! I thought it was unique that the main character was male, with only his point of view. It was amusing that he didn't like cats and had to find homes for them and be picky about the homes at that. It was sweet how they grew on him. I really liked his character, too, that he would try his best to honor his grandmother's last wishes even though he made a girl he liked upset. The friendships he formed with an older man and a younger man who helped fix up his house were nice, too, especially how he was trying to mentor the younger one. I liked that the couple were in their thirties and that Garrison had had this wonderful life experience of being a missionary for many years. However, he didn't seem to show much faith and made a couple of dumb decisions, though they were somewhat understandable based on an experience he had in the past. There's a bit of a romance to the story that was sweet, but I did wish for more to it. Overall, I enjoyed this story and would recommend it if you like Christmas stories!
I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.