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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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But deep down it’s core is connecting with your pet and other like minded animal lovers,,finding yourself and not caring about what others think or do as long as you are happy. Mia hasn't had a great life and she often attends support groups even though she hasn't got the problem that they relate to. I’m glad others did enjoy it and get benefit from it but for me this was just too far in what should have been a very heart wrenching story of falling to rock bottom and building yourself back up.

Enjoyed this book is was funny in parts and the cat lady and her relationship and life problems and was quite dark in parts. 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?

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! I loved laughing with/at some of the characters and I was emotionally destroyed* as I watched some of the characters' lives unravel.

It’s not 100% fundamental to the story, it could easily have been tweaked to still fit in the plot lines without it having to be changed. Although ‘Cat Lady’ seemed to be missing something that usually has me turning the pages of her novels. 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 could relate to Mia's love for Pigeon and her wish to protect herself from just about every other living being.It was heading for 1-star, which is rare for me, but I’ll admit I did like the ending, which redeemed it a little - but not enough to recommend it.

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. So – a few pages in and I didn’t have high hopes – however, I did get more into the book as it went on and so am not going to be totally negative about it I promise!designs dresses for Joanie Clothing, LOVES Instagram, and has a large following on her Patreon blog. The part where the book officially lost me, I think, was when the main character's inner monologue went on this strange fantasy about how she wanted her cat to lick some sort of food off of her back, which was followed by her musing that she understood about the (theoretical) woman she'd heard about who let her dog lick her where dogs absolutely should not lick someone!

Mia is the dedicated step-mum and loyal wife, but most definitely devoted above all to Pigeon, her cat. A massive thank you to HarperCollins UK, Harper Fiction and Tandem Collective UK for my early copy of Cat Lady.

When a shocking event shatters the conventional life she’s been so careful to build, Mia is faced with a choice. Funny, original and incredibly entertaining – the perfect Christmas book for the cat ladies in your life!

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