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The Christmas Cat

The Christmas Cat


by Melody Carlson

Language: English

SKU: 3187499


Publisher:Fleming H. Revell Company

ISBN-13: 9780800719661

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Description of The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson

After years abroad, Garrison Brown returns home to Vancouver to build a new life. When his beloved grandmother passes away a few weeks before Christmas, Garrison goes to her house to sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While Garrison hopes to dispense with the task quickly, his grandmother's instructions don't allow for speed. She has left Garrison with some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends--plus a sizeable monetary gift for the new owners. Garrison's job is to match the cats with the right owners without disclosing the surprise gift. Along the way, he may just meet someone who can make him stay.
Product: The Christmas Cat
Author: Melody Carlson
Binding Type: Hardcover
Media Type: Book
Number of Pages: 176
Weight: 0.8 pounds
Length: 8.5 inches
Width: 5.5 inches
Height: 0.7 inches
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Publication Date: September 2014
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4 StarsLighthearted cozy read, perfect for pet lovers
Sometimes I think that the Christmas season would be incomplete without a sweet novella by Melody Carlson - and she does this so well! "Garrison Brown had been known to cross the street in order to avoid contact with a common house cat." These opening words hint at quirky characters, humor, and a path that definitely won't run smoothly. The Christmas Cat is a light, charming, feel-good type of story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Garrison, having served for nine years with a humanitarian organization in Uganda, is at a crossroads in his life when the responsibility of finding homes for his deceased grandmother's six cats is thrust upon him. I grew to like Garrison because of his commitment to carrying out her wishes and enjoyed the way one special Maine Coon kitty named Harry slowly broke down his defenses. It was delightful to see the way each cat's distinctive personality was brought out. Some romance is present, but it isn't the story's strong suit. The neighbors that Garrison meets are endearing - especially Ruby, his grandmother's neighbor and best friend, and Vincent. I loved seeing how cats could affect so many "needy" people in a positive way - people who needed the affection and companionship of a feline in their lives. There's not much spiritual depth, but one theme that stood out to me was that rather than giving up on your dreams, give God time to work. I'm a cat lover, so I obviously loved this story - but I believe it is one that any pet lover would enjoy. Recommended. Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Published 3 months ago by Carole
This book was soooo good! The characters were witty, clever, and humorous. I couldn’t put it down and read it in 2 days! This was accomplished by staying up till 3:00 a.m. two nights in a row!!! I know many have posted it as a young adult read but I think that is too limiting. Adults young or old would enjoy it. When she was in the 5th grade, Micah agreed to be a part of a class project and write to an Amish pen pal. The one assigned to her was named Zach. The teacher sent the children’s pictures but due to the Amish beliefs, they were not delivered. With her name, Zach thinks Micah is a boy. She doesn’t want to have their correspondence to end so she doesn’t reveal this secret. As many years pass and many letters, Zach and Micah become very close. They reveal their deepest thoughts and desires. When her mother dies, Zach is the one that gives her the support she needs. Fast forward 6 years and many letters. Zach writes Micah telling her is coming to visit. She panics! To her relief he cancels his visit but she is disappointed because she really wants to meet him. She devises a hair brain scheme to go see him and pretend she is a boy! She pulls it off for a very short time, but overcome by guilt, she ends up doing a dramatic reveal at the family dinner table. The entire family is horrified and Zach is embarrassed and angry. Plans to go home keep falling through and she must stay with the family she has deceived for much longer than she would like! A very awkward situation to say the least! Micah finds that Zach has a few surprises of his own! Micah not only learns firsthand about the Amish lifestyle but a great deal about herself too. She also has to face the music concerning the damage her deception caused to the lives of others. I found it very interesting to look at Zach’s culture thorough her eyes as a teenager. There wasn’t a dull moment in this story. It was fun, interesting, and very entertaining. I found the plot to be very different than other Amish fictions. It showed the contrast in the English vs. Amish cultures I would not have thought of, and she does it through the perspective of the characters. Melody Carlson is a master writer! You will want to read this book! Be ready for surprises! I received this book free from Revell Publishers, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Published 4 months ago by Narita
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