Monday, November 10, 2014
The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson
This book is a pretty quick read and has all the things I look for in a good book: Christian values and faith, dimensional characters, a bit of romance and tugs on the heartstrings. And cats!
Garrison has been in Uganda digging wells, but had to return home to the states because of a bad bout with malaria. Just as he's getting back on his feet with a new job opening, he learns that his Grandmother has passed away. A widow, she raised him after his parents died. Mostly because she missed Garrison after he went away to college, Gram accumulated several cats. In her will she had some complicated requests for placing the cats - which he is extremely allergic to. Garrison loved his Grandmother deeply, so he moves into her home and does his best to comply with her wishes in placing the cats - particle mask, allergy meds and all.
While on that journey he gets to know the present day community better, and it brings him into contact with several neighbors and their lives. Everything is good as these encounters enrich (almost) everyone's lives and the cats grow on him. There might even be romance and a reason to stay. Plus some Christmas bonuses all around! A great holiday read.
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