The Nine Lives of Christmas
By Sheila Roberts
Ambrose is on his ninth and last life, and when he is trapped by a vicious dog, it looks like he’s about to lose it. Like any creature in a desperate situation, he begs for a way out — and gets it in the form of fireman Zach Stone, who chases the dog away. But Ambrose isn’t off the hook. If he wants to keep his ninth life for a good, long time, he needs to repay Zach’s good deed by helping him out. In short order, Ambrose discovers that what Zach needs most is a good woman. There is even one out there for him, the pretty but self-effacing Merilee, who works at Pet Palace. But Ambrose has his work cut out ahead of him if he wants a happy ending for them all.
This is the perfect light holiday book for kitties and cat lovers, a story told with humor and warmth. The narrative is divided between Ambrose, Zach, and Merilee, with Ambrose being the glue holding the whole story together, because in each of his past eight lives, he has run across just about every important character in the book, including Merilee’s cat Queenie. At just a little over 200 pages, this romantic tale is a quick read, but you are left wondering until the very end just how the couple will wind up together, and if Ambrose will fulfill his mission.
Instead of buying The Nine Lives of Christmas as a gift, I suggest getting it now for yourself to get in the holiday spirit. Curl up with some hot chocolate or eggnog, your eBook or physical copy of the book, and a cat. It’s a nice way to spend an evening.
The Nine Lives of Christmas is also a movie on the Hallmark Channel this season. My human and I haven’t seen it yet, but from the description, it sounds like the storyline is quite different from the book, which is usually the way it works out when books are made into movies.