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Cat Lady: The hot, must-read Richard & Judy Book Club novel for summer 2023 from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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When a shocking event shatters the conventional life she's been so careful to build, Mia is faced with a choice. It won’t be for everybody but it might be a good choice if you want something easy to listen to as you do your chores!

This is another of those books about quirky oddballs finding their place in the world that have been super popular in womens’ fiction in recent years. Although I was intrigued to see where the novel was going to end up, I found that the humour felt a bit forced and sometimes missed the mark for me personally. One of the best 'rom-coms' I have ever read, well written and pushing boundaries throughout, yet still remarkable insightful, heartfelt and most of all funny!There’s is no such thing as ‘just’ a pet - they are the family, heart and soul of its owner and very difficult to express to someone who doesn’t understand the significance a pet has on one’s life and how they often come first in their lives. I did enjoy the development of some of the characters, especially (colleague designer) and how she fought for what she believed to be right within the company, even if it did feel a little half- hearted at times. It’s not in any way funny (unless you find people dealing with grief, trauma and other mental health issues amusing. She and her husband Tristan have an unconventional relationship with Oliver's mother, Belinda, but Mia puts up with it for the sake of keeping the family together.

I found the special relationships that people have with their pets very moving, and how deep the grief can be when they die. Biography: DAWN O'PORTER lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, her two boys Art and Valentine, cats Myrtle and Boo. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. She has made thirteen documentaries about all sorts of things, including polygamy, childbirth, geishas, body image, breast cancer and even the movie DIRTY DANCING. I did find Mia quite relatable in some aspects (however, some things she did truly had me cringing and feeling disgusted).But behind the label – the one that only sticks to women – what if there’s a story worth nine lives? I've found with other Dawn O'Porter novels that her characters aren't fleshed out very well and it's still the case in this novel. In contrast to this though, others just outright disturbed me, the main being (creepy babe guy) who had a questionable understanding of what consent was at the best of times and was just straight weird.

Dawn O'Porter is a broadcaster, novelist and print journalist who lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, cat Lilu and dog Potato.To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Cat lovers will rejoice in this tale of a woman who simply cannot, and maybe doesn’t want to, be tamed’ HEAT --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Mia is 45, and happily married (separate bedrooms), lives in a nice house (originally bought by her hubby and his first wife), is a great step mum (although the first wife/mother is always popping round); has a great job (she has to micromanage the gormless chief executive) and is in love (with her cat, 'Pigeon') and is pretty much living the ideal conventional life, but is this the life that Mia wants? DAWN O’PORTER lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, her two boys Art and Valentine, two cats Myrtle and Boo and two dogs; Puffin and Meatloaf.

She's very funny on her Instagram as well but I've read a few of her novels now and her humour just doesn't translate to her novels and I'm not sure why? It’s all too easy to give plot spoilers away in these reviews, so I’ll restrict myself merely to saying that after a few chapters, Mia is faced with a life choice brought about by a shattering event that tears open the superficially conventional life she’s been leading thus far. I promised my mother in law that she could have this book once I had read it, because she truly is a cat lady - not in a weird way. I never thought a book could truly be comedic the way people often describe them to be but I am a changed woman now. It was really interesting to see how everyone in the group responded differently to losing a pet, from the emotions they experience to the impact that it has had on their life.

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