Molly and the Cat Café by Melissa Daley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The blurb: When two-year-old tabby, Molly, loses her beloved owner, her world falls apart. Re-homed with three cat-hating dogs, she decides to take matters into her own paws and embarks on a gruelling journey to the nearest town. As Molly walks the cobbled streets of Stourton, she begins to lose all hope of finding a home . . .
Until one day she is welcomed into the warmth by caring café owner, Debbie. Like Molly, Debbie is also an outsider and, with a daughter to care for, she is desperate to turn around the struggling café.
But a local battleaxe is on the warpath and she is determined to keep out newcomers, especially four-legged ones. It looks as if Debbie will have to choose between the café and Molly. Yet maybe the solution to their problems may not be as far away as they think.
Will Debbie and Molly be able to turn their fortunes around to launch the Cotswolds’ first Cat Café?
My review: This ebook was offered for free on Amazon and the kitten on the cover made me warm and fuzzy inside, so I took advantage of the free offer. In all honesty, I didn’t expect much from the story. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading Molly’s story.
The story is told from the cat’s point of view. The beginning reminded me of Black Beauty in a vague sort of way. My heart went out to little Molly for several reasons. One was that lovely owner developed dementia (and that spoke to me because my mum has Alzheimer’s). Another was that I cannot stand cruelty to animals, of any kind. Whilst Molly wasn’t physically harmed, she was mistreated and neglected. I didn’t like that. Then she found the Cat Cafe and her life turned around. Yet while she was helped, she also reached out and helped her humans, and others too.
The book is written well. It is easy to read and it is easy to become lost in Molly’s world. There are lots of elements to the story that I enjoyed, but I won’t write about them here because I don’t want to spoil it for other readers.
If you want warm and fuzzy then grab a copy of this book. You will not be disappointed. It will make you smile and forget your own problems for a little while. Recommended.