Ever since the #NEBookSwap, I have become obsessed with reading again. My pile of books on my shelf has become so much that i’m stacking them in piles in front of my shelf and when I go to the shops I stop and browse the books for ages.

My Aunty is also an avid reader and writer. We both love cats and cat stories and our house is filled with cat related statues, books and prints. For Christmas I always buy her books. I wanted to give her a cat book this year as she is a fan of books like ‘ A street cat named Bob’ and ‘Solomon’s Kitten’, and I spied this on the shelf and after reading the blurb I thought it would be a cute read:

The shock made me acutely aware of my homelessness. Christmas had always been my favourite time of year. The first sign of it at home was the appearance of Margery’s modest artificial tree by the front room window. As she carried the box of decorations into the room, I would run over, purring, and as soon as she placed it on the carpet I would dip my paws into the pile of baubles, delighting in the sound they made as I fished around trying to catch them with my claws.’

When two-year-old tabby, Molly, loses her beloved owner, her world falls apart. Rehomed with three cat-hating dogs, she decides to take matters into her own paws and embarks on a gruelling journey to the nearest town. As Molly walks the cobbled streets of Stourton, she begins to lose all hope of finding a home . . .

Until one day she is welcomed into the warmth by caring café owner, Debbie. Like Molly, Debbie is also an outsider and, with a daughter to care for, she is desperate to turn around the struggling café.

But a local battleaxe is on the warpath and she is determined to keep out newcomers, especially four-legged ones. It looks as if Debbie will have to choose between the café and Molly. Yet maybe the solution to their problems may not be as far away as they think.

Will Debbie and Molly be able to turn their fortunes around to launch the Cotswolds’ first Cat Café?

I managed to read this book in one evening. A lovely story narrated by Molly herself, It was an adorable read. It made me really think about how animals view us, our behaviour and how strange sometimes we people must seem to cats. I won’t spoil the ending but It really was a lovely read and I hope to find another book similar to it soon! The story opens with a slightly sad couple of chapters that I had to screen because of family issues just to make sure it wouldn’t hit an emotional sore spot for my Aunty, but after finishing the book, it is a mere sad blip at the beginning.

Now that I know for a fact my Aunty will like it I can’t wait to wrap it up and see how she enjoys the story. I also hope it will inspire her to carry on her own cat stories and enjoy exploring her own writing.

S x