Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Book Review - The Christmas Cat


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.


Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including the Dating Games series, the Life at Kingston High series, Double Take, A Simple Song, and My Amish Boyfriend. She has received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon. Learn more at


The Christmas Cat is the perfect book for this time of year (well, actually, I would read it at any time of the year) as Christmas approaches. It's a very sweet, yet good story that will have you turning the pages to see what happens next.

Garrison is in Seattle trying to find a job after being Uganda to dig wells for fresh water. While there, he contracts malaria and is still trying to recover from this when he gets word that his beloved Grandmother has died. He returns to his childhood home in Vancouver to wrap things up for his grandmother and deal with the cats she has left behind.

It's not as easy as it sounds, though, because his grandmother left behind very specific instructions of how the cats are to be placed. Lots of hoops for someone to jump through in order to own a cat and Garrison is realizing it may not be as easy as he thought. Part of the problem is that Garrison is allergic to the cats he now finds himself living with until he finds them new homes.

Such a cute story with a romantic storyline on the side. I was rooting for the cats and for Garrison to find happiness and love. I liked how we follow along with Garrison as he learns new things about himself, his grandmother and the cats. I really loved this story and it's exactly what a Christmas book should be! I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Baker Publishing Group

Blessings - Julie

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