The Christmas Cat
By Melody Carlson
Published by Revell
169 pages

ABOUT AUTHOR: 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

ABOUT BOOK: 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?

REVIEW: It’s a delightful Christmas feel good novel from one of my favorite authors. What makes this book extra special is the fact it evolves around cats. Cats are fun, mysterious, and have such different personalities!

Garrison Brown had meant to visit his grandmother more when he returned from Uganda but with several Dr. Appointments for his malaria and looking for a job; things got crazy. Now she was gone! His Grandma’s attorney wanted to see him right away. He couldn’t imagine what was so urgent. He knew his Gram’s didn’t have money but he hurried over to see what needed to be done.

Garrison can’t believe his ears. He knew his Gram’s loved cats but really! Her dying wish was for him to find good homes for her 6 cats. That seemed easy enough until he got the list of requirements these adoptive families had to meet.

1.    The cats could only be placed with an approved family
2.    The approved Adoptive family must live in Gram’s neighborhood
3.    The approved adoptive family must have resided in the neighborhood for at least a year – none of her cats would be placed in a transient homes.

The list went on and on… Garrison realized that these cats were like her children. But this list seemed unreal, and impossible to do!
Garrison was told that after the cats were placed for a two week trial period he’d have to pay a surprise visit to ensure that the cats are happily settled into their new homes. If anything was amiss the cats would be removed.

The attorney points out one more thing, “All adoptive families will be given a check for $10,000.00 after you have determined all six cats are settled and happy…..You can tell people but I don’t recommend doing that….it would make it difficult to sift the suitable adoptive homes from the gold diggers.”

“Your grandmother’s final wish was for her cats to find good homes and the people who adopted them to be blessed in the process.”

Garrison left the office a little baffled; how was he going to find homes for these cats? How was he going to live at his Gram’s house and take care of them when he was allergic to cats? He realized he only lived six years under his Gram’s roof and the cats were there many more years after he left. He would do whatever it takes to grant his Gram’s final wish! She had done so much for him!

I loved hearing about all the different cats’ personalities and their special needs. LOL! Fun! You can tell that the author is passionate about cats from her dedication and the role Harry plays in this book, “Dedicated to Harry, a very fine Maine Coon cat who found us in the middle of a snowy winter and won a place in all of our hearts.”

This is a heart-warming, Christmas story I enjoyed. If you have cats or just love them you’ll enjoy this charming story that gives the reader a picture of what loving your neighbor as yourself looks like. This makes a great gift, Nov and Dec book club pick and it’s just fun!

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  1. Sounds cute! I really enjoyed Christmas at Harrington's. I'm of the thought that a good Christmas novel can be read any time of year. :)

    1. It was a fun read!! Loved the Cat angle of the story!

    2. It was a fun read!! Loved the Cat angle of the story!