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Synopsis: Henry goes missing, Blosha comes to stay, Oliver rules the roost, Mo has a birthday while Bruiser causes havoc. And doesn’t everyone have a love of Mozart? Six charming and touching, cat-centric stories from popular novelist Jane Wenham-Jones. Curl up with your favourite feline and enjoy…
This collection is available via http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00J2334YU/janewenhamjon-21/026-9443805-3263660 and http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00J2334YU/janewenhamjon-21/026-9443805-3263660.
Review (via audiobook / my Kindle’s text-to-speech function)
There are six stories in this connection, and I have previously enjoyed Jane’s birthday collection which would’ve been more appropriate for today as it is my birthday. :-) The stories here are:
‘A Love of Mozart’ shows that you don’t need a high level of conflict in a story, and this story starts with it. From the off I liked both characters, the first-person character (who is far too much like me for comfort!) and her sister Liz. It’s a very relatable story, and I smiled at the part where she remembers shutting in her cat. The ending was unexpected and I liked it.
‘Gone Fishing’ is another first person tale and I liked the fact that I know the narrator’s name from the off, which we didn’t have at all in the previous story. They say that you shouldn’t work with children and animals, and our narrator, Maggie, has to look after both, and she’s not even getting paid for it. It has its challenge and a very amusing story with another ending I wasn’t expecting.
‘Babysitting Blosha’ is another sweet story with challenges, engaging characters and an amusing cat.
‘Bruiser’ lives up to its title. It’s been a long time since I had cats but it is clear that Jane has had many experiences and has included some of them in this collection. Another entertaining tale.
‘Losing Henry’ does what it says on the tin and is a very endearing story, perhaps the saddest of them all… up to a point.
‘Marmalade and Mo’ returned to amusement, and I love the image of Sid in the vegetable rack and Mo in the sink.
And now for writers…