Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson~A Review~

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.

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Revell (September 9, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800719662
ISBN-13: 978-0800719661
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels 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 Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at

  The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson is an excellent book. The characters are so well described and the scenery is so vivid that you will feel like you are right there.
  Garrison the main character is such a likable person. He doesn’t hate cats, but he doesn’t love them either. He is severely allergic to cats, but has the job of placing his grandmother’s cats in different homes after she passed away. Only six cats, but for Garrison that seems like a million. He can’t simply give them away to any one either. They have to meet many requirements.
  During this process Garrison meets and friends many new people whom he would never have met without the cats.
  This is really a charming story. Full of love, happiness and joy. Highly recommended.

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I received my free copy from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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