‘The Nine Lives Of Christmas’ by Florence McNicoll

The Nine Lives of Christmas: Can Battersea's Felicia find a home in time for the holidays?: The perfect festive read for Christmas 2019 by [McNicoll, Florence]


Can Battersea’s loneliest cat find a home in time for Christmas?

It’s Christmas at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Laura is desperate to find a home for Felicia, a spiky, bad-tempered moggy with a heart of gold. Her boyfriend, Rob, can’t understand why she’s spending so much time at work, but for Laura, the animals aren’t just a job – they’re her life. She needs a partner who understands that – doesn’t she?

As the December snow falls, Laura encounters nine people, all of whom need a little love in their lives and find it in new pets. Everyone needs somebody to curl up with at Christmas, and when the handsome Aaron walks in, he takes not just Felicia, but Laura’s heart too…


My Review

I must admit that reading the synopsis for this book instantly made me fall in love with the book.  I have to say that I had to hide the cover of ‘The Nine Lives Of Christmas’ from my very observant and insanely jealous youngest Labrador, who has a hatred of cats and other dogs.  She has been known to bark at my birthday cards before now if they have a photo of a cat or dog on the front.  Anyway that’s enough about me and one of my crazy Labradors so back to the review I do go.  I settled down with a cup of tea in one hand and the book in the other and began to read.  Oh boy it was an emotional read and then some.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Nine Lives Of Christmas’ but more about that in a bit.

I found it impossible to dislike any of the characters in this book and that’s not something I usually find with books.  I take my hat off to Laura though.  She works at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which isn’t a job that I would be able to do because I would want to take all the dogs and cats home with me.  Laura has a heart of gold and she is certainly dedicated to her job, which doesn’t exactly go down well with her boyfriend.  Her boyfriend called Rob cannot understand her dedication to her job.  I was so hoping that she would dump Rob and find somebody who deserved her.  During the month of December, Laura comes across nine people, who need some love and happiness in their lives, which they find in the shape of animals, with whom they have been matched.   Laura has developed a soft spot for a bad tempered cat called Felicia, who also has a heart of gold.  A handsome sounding bloke called Aaron, who develops a soft spot of his own for Felicia and he adopts her.  He hasn’t only caught the eye of Felicia though because Laura takes quite a shine to him too.  Will Laura get together with Aaron (& Felicia) and get the happy ever after ending that she so deserves?  Well for the answer to that question and so much more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.

It didn’t take me long at all to get into this book.  By the time I got to the end of the first few pages, I knew that this was a book that would prove to be extremely difficult to put to one side for any length of time.  I managed to immerse myself in the story and I was swept along by the beautiful writing.  I binge read the book over the course of a couple of days- usually when my crazy Labrador was snoozing.  Reading this book became addictive.  I would pick the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters and fill in about twenty minutes but I would still be sat there over an hour later.  The more I read, the more I wanted to read and the quicker the pages seemed to turn.  I had to know how the story concluded and so I raced to the end of the book.  This was one of those books that felt like a ‘hug from a mug of hot chocolate’, which leaves you all fuzzy and warm inside.

‘The Nine Lives Of Christmas’ is well written.  The author certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and keep that attention throughout the book.  She certainly knows how to come up with a story that combines, drama, romance, upset, despair and ultimately hope and which will tug on even the hardest of heart strings.  Florence writes so realistically and uses such vivid descriptions that I felt as though I was part of the story myself.

In short, ‘The Nine Lives Of Christmas’ really is one hell of a festive and emotional read.  I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.  I will definitely be reading more from Florence McNicoll in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.

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