22 November 2014

The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson, Book review

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 9, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719661
  • Also available in KINDLE format


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.

Humorous and heartwarming, this latest Christmas story from bestselling author Melody Carlson is the perfect gift for pet lovers and anyone in whose heart Christmas holds a special place.

My thoughts:

Anyone familiar with The Christmas Wish and The Christmas Pony will remember Melody Carlson's special touch of magic when it comes to the Season. This author writes wholeheartedly and brings a message of love, hope and yes, something magical. 

And if like me, you are an animal lover, you will find her story endearing for this one is about a familiar pet, a feline! And just look at the cover and you will know this is not just another cat, but The Cat

Returning from his missionary field in Uganda, Garrison faces the loss of his grandmother only to be told by her attorney she trusted him to find a suitable adoptive family for each of her cats, all six of them!

There is only one problem with the scheme devised by his beloved Grandmother: Garrison is highly allergic to cats and living in her home until such families can be found is tantamount to hell on earth. Very shortly, we find that Garrison resorts to wearing latex gloves, a mask and is considering a hazmat suit to boot!
But despite it all, Garrison founds himself caring for the felines, each of them with its endearing personality, including Harry, a Maine Coon with striking clear eyes who seems to gaze right through him. 

Melody Carlson's sense of humour reveals itself as you go on reading the story which is not only the perfect Christmas story, particularly for any cat lover, but sports just the right amount of introspection, a touch of romance and is easy to read!
Expect a clear message, just in time for the Season while reading this one in front of a good fire and sipping a cuppa!

A heartfelt thank you to the author for providing great entertainment and to Revell, for once again presenting it in such a beautiful format!

5 Stars!

(Photo source HERE: I think you love the snapshots)

Meet the Author:

Melody Carlson has written around 200 books for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her books range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. 

Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including the Rita and Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV.

Visit her website (HERE)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from BAKER REVELL as part of it's promotion. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 


  1. Just in time for the Season. Warm and fuzzy!

    1. You got it, Mystica!
      I am ready for the Season (particularly as I will celebrate overseas this year with loved ones).
      All the best,

  2. My Auntie would love this. Perfect Christmas gift. thank you. I have missed you my friend. I have not been online as much these days.

    1. I missed you Kayla and hope is well with you and your family!


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