This review is taking longer than I expected to write, thanks to a kitten named Valla repeatedly climbing up into my arms for some love.
The publisher’s blurb:
The True Story of How Two Quirky Stray Cats Changed Their Adopted Human Forever
After years of loving the vibrant city life in San Francisco, Lonnie Hull DuPont reluctantly trades her three-room apartment on foggy, lively Telegraph Hill for a farmhouse on a quiet plain in Michigan. She immediately misses the rhythm and the pace of the city, and the isolation country living brings has her longing for something more.
Enter Kit Kat and Lucy–stray cats who arrive at the farmhouse a year apart and each ask to move in. The antics and oddities of these two strong personalities wrapped in fur bring a new light to the farmhouse and DuPont’s life. Kit Kat, an obsessive-compulsive tortoiseshell, can purr her new human into a happier state of mind. Lucy, the playful, leaping Russian Blue who can nail a bat right out of the air, makes her laugh.
From the hysterical process of getting two strange cats to like each other, to the exciting years of watching those cats thrive–and inspire DuPont in the process–this book is an energetic tale of cat and human foibles. Animals enrich our lives, and the heartwarming story of how Kit Kat and Lucy changed one woman’s world will leave readers enchanted.
What I thought of the book:
As someone who has lived in a very rural setting as well as a couple large cities (and places in between!), I can attest to how different things can be and how much your surroundings can affect you! I wouldn’t have made it through some of the trials of my life without my cats, either. Naturally, this book seemed to call out to me.
I have some ever-so-fun bits with anxiety and depression, just as Lonnie deals with in the book. The comfort and healing she found with KitKat and Lucy is real. People forget these days how symbiotic a relationship with animals is. Cats know when their humans are unwell, or are bothered by something, or are terribly down. They seem to know instinctively what will make the humans feel even a bit better – there’s a reason the tribbles on Star Trek could calm everyone with their purring! (Okay, except Klingons…)
Lonnie and her husband, Joe, have left the wonderful busy-ness that is San Francisco and moved to a Michigan farmhouse circa 1835. (A house I would absolutely love to live in!) Joe had a commute that’s over an hour, and this leaves Lonnie quite a bit of time alone at home. Soon, though, a sweet little tortie cat shows up and “informs” Lonnie that she will be living here, too. Anyone with cats will totally understand how this happens. About a year later, a beautiful Russian Blue finds her way into the home as well.
This is a nice collection of stories about cats (and various other animals) being there for someone, even when that someone didn’t realize she needed a furry companion. There are some tears at the end, so be warned! Even so, this is a great little book that cat-lovers will enjoy, and that might just cause people without cats to consider allowing themselves to be adopted by a feline.
**I was sent this copy from Revell Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**