Cat Lady: The hot, must-read Richard & Judy Book Club novel for summer 2023 from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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Cat Lady: The hot, must-read Richard & Judy Book Club novel for summer 2023 from the Sunday Times bestselling author

Cat Lady: The hot, must-read Richard & Judy Book Club novel for summer 2023 from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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Biography: DAWN O'PORTER lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, her two boys Art and Valentine, cats Myrtle and Boo. So when I saw she had a new book out, I jumped at the chance to review it – and Net Galley sent me an advance review copy.

This is another of those books about quirky oddballs finding their place in the world that have been super popular in womens’ fiction in recent years. The only part of the book which was not completely predictable is the work subplot, and what happens to poor Pigeon (sorry for the spoiler alert but again - don’t read this if you love cats. She and her husband Tristan have an unconventional relationship with Oliver's mother, Belinda, but Mia puts up with it for the sake of keeping the family together. If you’re a big emotional softie like me then you may find the last quarter of the book either upsetting and/or heart-wrenching but also heartwarming at the same time as the conclusion to the story neared. There's a brief mention of covid but then next minute she's in a hospital environment with filthy hands and no mention of any mask wearing or the fact you still can't really visit people in hospital!Also at one point Mia describes Tristan being confronted by Belinda’s lover because she was stalking him after he refused to leave his wife - but unless they got together straight away, she wouldn’t have been there surely? I also think you need to be a cat lover to really appreciate some aspects of the story, so it didn't help that I am not a cat lover!

but it doesn’t otherwise feature at all - I know the UK is supposedly “getting back to normal” but there’s no other indication that this is set in the future. Sometimes however having it 'all' isn't all it's cracked to be - having to put up with her husband's ex-wife who spends way too much time at their house. Dawn is the bestselling author of the novels The Cows and the Richard and Judy Book Club pick So Lucky, and her non-fiction title Life in Pieces was also a Sunday Times bestseller.Mia, the career woman: Determined to bring Isabella May jewellery to the big leagues, Mia doesn't put up with any nonsense at work - even if it's coming from her boss, a rich millennial. The moral of the story is, no one's life is perfect, which is told in both a humourous and poignant way. I’ll admit I initially found the quips about being a ‘cat lady’ and her intense pet relationship a bit odd, but once her back story starts to be told I completely understood the premise and the MC far better.

Mia has been living in terms of what society expects from her, rather than what she wants in fear of judgement. I like Dawn O’Porter on Instagram, she’s fun, witty, and has incredible fashion sense but that charisma just does not in any way translate to her novel (I’ve only read this one). She’s a good wife to her husband Tristan, a doting stepmother, she slips on her suit for work each morning like a new skin. This is a book that tries humour but its not a funny book because there is too much tragedy behind it.In contrast to this though, others just outright disturbed me, the main being (creepy babe guy) who had a questionable understanding of what consent was at the best of times and was just straight weird. Sometimes she's way too open - the visit to the GP to get support with her crabs is a stand-out moment. When the silent protagonist cat has more personality than literally all the characters in a 300+ page book, there’s a bit of an issue. Die Helden bleiben unsympatisch und vage, die Story vorhersehbar, auch wenn sie nach der Hälfte endlich besser wird und doch noch knapp 3 Sterne hergibt. Dawn started out in TV production but quickly landed in front of the camera, making numerous documentaries that included immersive investigations of Polygamy, Size Zero, Childbirth, Free Love, Breast Cancer and the movie Dirty Dancing.

I have to say I didn’t particularly like any of the characters – so I wasn’t Team Mia – but equally wasn’t Team Anyone Else. I am not an expert in anything, but just a person with access to the internet who is trying to learn and make sense of the world!The ways she views her cat (the shower scene) is kind of what finished me off, oh, and describing the actions of a dog and some peanut butter. I've found with other Dawn O'Porter novels that her characters aren't fleshed out very well and it's still the case in this novel. She has met a new group of friends at a pet bereavement group, and is slowly finding peace in the world.



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