A Gift From Bob by James Bowen

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Originally published in: 2015

What it’s about: A sweet Christmas tale about a recovering heroin addict getting his life back together with the help of his feline pal. James let’s you see him struggle through the holiday season to find meaning and realize how great his life really is.

What made me pick it up: I am a devout follower of James and Bob’s inspiring tale. I’ve read previous books A Street Cat Named Bob and The World According to Bob and recommend them. When I saw this I (eventually) got myself a copy.

My favorite things:  I enjoyed the reminder that it’s not how much you have but who you have in your life that makes it great, especially during the holiday season. It also has a strong thread of giving is better than getting, which I appreciated. Mostly, James has a way of telling his story so you root for him to keep holding it together after all he has overcome, and hope the same for other addicts and recovering addicts everywhere.

Who it’s great for: Readers interested in a heart warming tale. Cat fans. Anyone who has ever had a pet that chose them.

Erica’s rating: four shells


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The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas by Julia Romp

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Originally published in: 2012

What it’s about: A boy with autism and his mom whose lives are changed after a stray cat joins their home.

What made me pick it up: It has a cute kitten on the cover. It had to do with Christmas. That was enough, but then I found it in the autism section and not the cat section and I was even more intrigued.

My favorite things: This story is so touching. A child who was lost inside was brought out by a cat and his mother’s determination. Animal stories get me sobbing every time. Animal and family stories doubly so. It will make you want to call your mom and thank her for everything she has ever done for you.

Who it’s great for: Families with members who have autism. Cat lovers. Anyone who enjoys stories about holiday hope.

Erica’s rating: four shells


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