Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review: The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

First line: When a guy is in trouble he starts making deals with his creator, and Ambrose was dealing like crazy.

From the inside cover: Two people are about to discover that when it comes to finding love, sometimes Christmas magic isn't enough...sometimes it takes a pesky orange cat named Ambrose.

When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator...and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea to the universe. He'll do anything - anything! - if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him - but then Ambrose is faced with having to hold up his end of the bargain.

The stranger turns out to be a firefighter named Zach, who's in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, it's bound to earn him a healthy ninth life. Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever thought. Merilee is way too shy to make the first move on a ladies' man like Zach, and Zach thinks he's all wrong for a nice girl like Merilee. Now it's going to take all of Ambrose's feline wiles - and maybe even a good old-fashioned Christmas miracle - to make them both realize that what they're looking for is right in front of their eyes.

My thoughts: This was Sheila Roberts' newest holiday book and it was a fun, quick read - I ended up reading it in one afternoon! The story is told from three different points of view from the residents of Angel Falls - Ambrose the cat, Zach the firefighter, and Merilee the nice lady at the pet shop. It weaves seamlessly back and forth between these characters, telling a tale that at it's simplest form is about finding the spirit of the season in unexpected places. At times, it reminded me of the holiday movie, It's a Wonderful Life...Ambrose, cat matchmaker extraordinaire, pulled some good stunts to get Zach and Merilee together. The question is whether they can each move past their own insecurities and see what's right in front of them.

I enjoy reading Sheila Roberts' books - they always have subtle messages woven in. I look forward to seeing what she writes next!

(I purchased this book.)
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