Monday, November 14, 2011


Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Date published: August, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-59449-7
Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
Trade Paperback
Reviewed by Gina
Obtained by Publisher

Chased up a tree by one major big dog, orange kitty Ambrose confronts his ninth and last life. Not quite ready to give up on life, Ambrose bargains for one last chance—please let him have a happy, healthy and secure ninth life. He vows he will do anything if he can just have a good final life. Just as it looks like he’s about to meet his maker a tall, blond haired man comes to Ambrose’s rescue. Realizing that this man is the key to his future, Ambrose follows him home. The question then is, just what is he supposed to do to help this man and have his own happy life?

Zack Stone has closed the door on the possibility of a wife, family and all the other trappings of married life. His own family, were less than a stellar example and let’s not talk about his broken engagement. He’s found the perfect woman who is one that isn’t looking for any happy ever after, just enjoying the moment.

Merilee White has just started to peel back the layers of her own safe life. For too long she’s lived in her own shadow. Now she’s resolved to live life to the fullest…well maybe next week.

When Zack and Merilee meet Ambrose knows just what his mission is. The problem is, how does he bring about a happy ending for all involved?

As a reviewer I have the opportunity to read good book after good book. Some are spectacular. Some are memorable. I can’t think of one that I haven’t thought one of my friends or family would enjoy. It is the rare book that I read that I not only recommend to everyone I know, but plan to give as a gift. Sheila Roberts’ THE NINE LIVES OF CHRISTMAS is one of those rare books. There is truly something for everyone and anyone in this story. Men can relate to Zack and/or his best friend Ray. Women can relate to Merilee or one of her sisters. Dog owners can relate to Tacky and cat lovers will fall in love with Ambrose. Actually, even non-cat lovers will fall in love with him.

Ms. Roberts has completely captured every subtle nuance that makes a cat a cat while at the same time suspending belief and taking us into Ambrose’s mind. I have to admit I couldn’t resist reading THE NINE LIVES OF CHRISTMAS because the cover kitty looks just like my Vinny did and the cover is just a taste of a fabulous read. Each character is well drawn. If I could ask for one thing it would be to revisit the characters with perhaps Ray or Gloria’s story in the future as well as to catch up with Ambrose and how he’s doing with his life.

THE NINE LIVES OF CHRISTMAS is truly one of the best books I’ve ever read and while it may ruin the surprise, it is one that will find itself in quite a few of my friends’ and family’s stockings this holiday.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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