Talk To The Tail by Tom Cox is an absolute gem of a book for any cat lover. This was my second cat book by Tom Cox and I enjoyed it just as much as the first.
Tom Cox has the gift of capturing exactly what life is like with six cats. As the owner of five (it used to be six) cats myself, I find myself in agreement with Tom on so many things in his book. Like Tom, I can recognise the difference meanings of miaow’s. Our late cat Ben’s “look what I have caught” miaow is very different to Marble’s “help I’m going to be sick” miaow. Tom has certainly captured the essence of life with cats.
As every cat person knows, no two cats are the same. It was an absolute pleasure to read about the different personalities of Janet, Pablo, The Bear, Shipley, Ralph and Bootsy. One of my favourite descriptions was that of Shipley, “I live entirely in the moment and think exclusively about my own needs on a minute-by-minute basis”. Love it! What a classic.
How Big Is Your God?
Shattered By Death by Catherine Finger is a contemporary Christian thriller and the second book in the Jo Oliver series. It can however be read as a stand-alone.
Catherine Finger presents another fabulous thriller with action that keeps the reader guessing to the end.
The novel is written in the first person from the point of view of police chief Jo Oliver. The reader become intimately acquainted with her. Jo is a very realistically drawn character. She is incredibly strong as a police officer but also has her insecurities. No one is ever completely strong so the reader finds it easy to identify with her.
Saving The Marquise’s Granddaughter by Carrie Fancett Pagels is a Christian historical romance set in 1745. The action moves from France to Germany to America.
Eighteenth century France was in turmoil. Huguenots were persecuted and killed. Anyone professing that faith had to hide. The novel deals with various different denominations. The most important thing is not your denomination but that you serve God and live a godly life.
Faith is a major theme within the novel. Suzanne has her grandmother’s rosary. “Her rituals no longer soothed her.” Faith is not about rituals, it is about relationship with God. Faith is not something you can inherit from your parents. “You need your own faith. This you cannot borrow.” Faith is between you and God. You need to build your own relationship.
Four Stories, Four Very Different Themes
Catching The Light by Mary Grand is a mass market contemporary collection of four short stories.
The New Arrival is a sweet story about man’s best friend. It shows the power of the unconditional love of animals. They love expecting nothing in return and offer healing for wounded souls. “A best friend is some-one who loves you when you forget to love yourself.”
The story has the themes of loss and hiding, hurting and healing. It is a story of new beginnings and shows how friendships can form through the national pastime of dog walking.