REVIEW: The Cat in the Christmas Tree by Callie Smith Grant

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Christmas is a time for joy, wonder, and a little bit of mischief. Does any creature manifest these attitudes better than a cat? Their fascination with all those breakable ornaments on the tree and their appreciation of a cozy spot to nap seem made for the season. The way they alternate between calm and crazy echoes the way we all feel at Christmas, doesn’t it? And that’s just what you get with The Cat in the Christmas Tree.

This collection of true, feel-good holiday stories by various writers celebrates the gift of cats and delivers all the warm fuzzies you could desire. It’s the perfect companion for those magical Christmas evenings in front of the fireplace with your favorite feline. It also makes the purrfect gift for cat-loving friends.

Dear Ms. Smith Grant,

I saw your name on this anthology of cat stories and remembered that I’d read another book you compiled “Second Chance Cats,” two years ago. Since this one is focused on cats and Christmas, I asked to review it.

As one would think, there are lots of stories of cats taking down Christmas trees, cats playing “slip-n-slide” across floors while riding sheets of wrapping paper, cats hopping in and taking over the many boxes that arrive at this time of year and cats eyeing other “forbidden” objects with which their “servants” (and I’m definitely a cat servant) have decorated the house. I haven’t put up a tree in eleven years partly due to kittenhood when I got my current cats and then discovering that two of mine love to chew plastic and I have artificial trees.

The stories are short, sweet, and usually upbeat though a few do mention how cats can sense our emotions and comfort us when we’re down. There are some Christmas gift cats (oh, please don’t do this as a surprise) and other stories about cats choosing their new servants. Mine enjoyed sitting on and near me while I enjoyed reading this batch. B


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Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 25 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there’s no TSTL characters and is currently reading more fantasy and SciFi.

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