Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson

He felt his face flushing as Cara opened the door. Wearing a garnet-colored knit dress and with her dark hair pinned up, she looked even prettier than he remembered. Suddenly he wished he'd thought to bring a hostess gift. Like a cat. After years abroad, Garrison Brown finds himself at the home of his beloved grandmother who has just passed away. He must sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While he hopes to dispense with the task quickly--especially since he is severely allergic to cats--his grandmother's instructions don't allow for speed. She has left some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends.

Can he match the cats with the perfect new owners? And is it possible that he might meet his own match along the way?

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than six million. She is the author of several Christmas books, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, as well as The Christmas Pony and A Simple Christmas Wish. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at

Here's my review of this enjoyable Christmas story:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Melody Carlson and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Christmas Cat" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

 In “The Christmas Cat” by Melody Carlson, Garrison Brown returns home to settle his Grandmother’s affairs, including securing appropriate homes for her six cats to which he is highly allergic and possibly even phobic.  Donning medical gloves and a dust mask for protection, Garrison cares for the animals as he finds homes that meet his Grandmother’s specific criteria.

“The Christmas Cat” is a remarkably short read for as much enjoyment as I got out of it.  This comical, touching novel is a beautiful Christmas read.  To me it was laugh-out-loud funny because I was able to vividly picture Garrison’s allergic reaction from watching people I know.  And it was a joy to watch Garrison’s character develop.

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