I really enjoy books like this; it's perfect for when you want something light and funny, with a little love and drama mixed in it. It's the perfect recipe for; a good night of snuggling up with your dog, cat or other "best friend", a cup of hot cocoa with extra mini marshmallows, your favorite sweat suit and a soft fuzzy blanket that brings back memories of home.
It's a very funny story that will have you laughing out loud suddenly and often (seriously, I scared my cat every time) at the antics of the kitty adjusting from being away from her human and a dog that thinks everything is an adventure. Whether it be trailing toilet paper, bringing down the Christmas tree or getting caught high up in a tree and being too scared to get Down by himself. Even I got a little tearful after the 3 days he'd been stuck up there without food, water and very very cold snowy nights. Enter tall, dark and handsome fireman Sam who saves the cat after days of trying to reach it, becomes the hero and then falls and gets a bad concussion for his efforts.
Of course he can't stay by himself. He needs someone to monitor him for 24 hours and...Wait for it...you guessed. She has him stay at her house and in that time they get to know each other and how much they have in common. If you are looking for a steamy love scene, sorry to disappoint. He only gets to first base Lol.
Ok, so it's at times very predictable. But the antics of the cat Lucifer and dog more than make up for it. Her brother had named the cat Lucifer because of his creative way of getting into mischief. She thought it was mean so she changed it to Luke. It doesn't take more than a few days of: picking up the Christmas tree Luke loves to climb, of Luke bringing presents that are still alive to her and letting them loose in the house after dropping the offering at her feet and generally getting into everything and anything he shouldn't be in, for her to realize that maybe her brother had aptly named the cat.
What really changes this from a predictable novel into a real book with characters you know, feel and understand is her brother. She is watching his cat because he was deployed to Afghanistan?-not sure-. He's been in the service for a number of years and this definitely isn't his first tour.
While standing in the city protecting the Afghanis people his regiment was attacted by a suicide bomber. When his family gets the notification they have no idea if he is alive, critically injured, being held hostage or dead. They are devastated.
Unfortunately, this scenario is all too familiar to us and the "rest of the world". Get out the tissues, you may need them. This wasn't just a story anymore. It could now be a non-fiction story about any of the 1000's of service men and women who are protecting our country so that we can be together with our families to celebrate the holidays. To everyone out there who is serving or has served for this country so that we might remained free, Thank you so much. Blessings to you all. You are my real heroes.
This Novel helped remind me that Christmas isn't just about giving or receiving gifts; standing in line for 10 hrs to get the black Friday special, seeing who makes the best sweet potato pie or eating until we feel we'll burst if we eat just one more bite. It's about all the family and friends that we do those things with and for. Sometimes I get so caught up in everything I need to do and wanting everything to be perfect that I'm so stressed out and don't take time to enjoy what we have. My daughter is always telling me that it doesn't need to be perfect, if we don't have time to make the corn bake it's fine and to not worry about making Christmas perfect because I want her to have the best memories. She just reminds me of who I was doing all this for. And the best memories aren't the decorations or the 10,000 lights up outside.
The best memories are; about grandma pinching their cheeks, still, even though they are all grown now, its listening for the millionth time to Uncle Bob's story about how he once caught a buck that was sooo big the butcher's scale broke and how each year it seems to get bigger and have a larger rack; it's about all of us squeezing together on the couches and putting giant pillows on the floor for the kids so we can watch the old movies of all the Christmases past and remember our loved ones that are no longer here and rejoicing about the newest little members of the family.
Life is too short to worry about all that and forget to enjoy the family I'm sharing this holiday with now. Because we never know how much time we will have left. So although the book wasn't perfect and was predictable at times I gave it a 4 because it touched me.
Why not a 5? The book ended with so much unresolved. I'm assuming that the story will continue in the next book. So much for a short break, let the cookies burn, I have to get that other book so I can find out what happened!
Blessings to you all, KJNOLAN
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- File size : 562 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 113 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B00GRLFE3O
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- Publisher : Blue Oyster Press (14 January 2014)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
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A perfectly wonderful story, with a little something for everyone, that adds up to a poignant story about love, life &family.Reviewed in the United States on 18 December 2014
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A romantic comedy to readReviewed in the United States on 23 January 2015
Why watch a romantic comedy when you can read one? This is how I felt when reading 'Santa Claws' by Meg Mims. It's a very enjoyable - though not exactly the most fast-paced - story, perfect for the holiday season, and what is really great about it is its characters. By devoting a lot of attention to their stories, the choices and the problems they have to face, and even their daily routines, Meg Mims comes up with a set of well-developed, credible protagonists, making 'Santa Claws' a story, which could easily take place in the real world. Highly recommended if you're looking for an enjoyable read to relax with.
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This holiday tale made me grin. That's one naughty cat!Reviewed in the United States on 24 November 2013
I just sat down and read this holiday novella in one sitting. It made me grin. It's fun to read something so enjoyable and refreshing, and I enjoy how the two main characters keep missing each other until the time is right--courtesy of one very naughty cat. Not sure how Meg Mims gets me to keep sympathizing with the cat, but she does! I love the interaction among Mary Kate, her family and best friend as well. A great side character is a spaniel dog named Ginger, who I can relate to! Especially enjoy the small-town feel of the bookstore, coffee shop, and bakery. I swear I can almost taste the coffee and cupcakes...this is pleasant and heartwarming tale, with a loose tie-in to its predecessor, Santa Paws. Looking forward to next year's holiday offering from this writer.
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HERE KITTYReviewed in the United States on 6 April 2018
Was funny and interesting at the same time. Family ! She took in her brother's cat without hesitation. I like the way they got together because of the cat. MARLENE