Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Book Review: The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

Title: The Nine Lives of Christmas
Author: Sheila Roberts
Genre: Holiday Fiction
Paperback: 224
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0312594497

Bestselling author Sheila Roberts brings us a humorous, heartwarming Christmas novel about a matchmaking cat who brings a couple together just in time for the holidays. 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.  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, and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.
The stranger turns out to be a fire fighter named Zach, the quintessential commitment- phobe 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 anticipated.  Now it’s going to take all his feline wiles—and a healthy dose of Christmas magic—to bring them alltogether in time for the holidays.

First of all, I love cats, I love Christmas stories with a happy ending and I love Sheila Roberts’ books. In this whimsical holiday tale that’s just the right ticket to get you into the holiday spirit, Ambrose the cat is a cat with a mission.  Having survived the last eight lives, his ninth one is a bit more precious as that’s it!  In walks Zach who needs help only he doesn’t know it.  He’s horrible in the commitment department and Ambrose decides that if he helps Zach see the light and fall in love with the cute Merilee who works at the local pet shop, he will be redeemed, only it’s not quite that easy.

I thoroughly loved this cute Christmas tale.  Not only was it written exceedingly well, the storyline just won’t get out of my head, not that I’d want it to because it’s all about love and redemption.
I especially loved Ambrose.  He reminded me a lot of Garfield.  The same sassiness but Ambrose knows to be good this 9th go around and strives hard to bring Zach and Merilee together no matter what obstacles are in the way.

If you love Christmas, cats and happy endings, Sheila Roberts’ The Nine Lives of Christmas is the ticket to great holiday reading pleasure!

BTW, if you’d like to listen to an excerpt, click image below!

Nine Lives Audio 2