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

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For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password. I did enjoy the development of some of the characters, especially (colleague designer) and how she fought for what she believed to be right within the company, even if it did feel a little half- hearted at times. Mia is clearly struggling in many aspects of her life – and all of them seem quite compartmentalised – her role as wife and step mother at home (although she doesn’t share a bedroom with her husband, as she prefers to sleep with her cat ‘Pigeon’), her work – where she loathes her ‘boss’ and appears to dislike most of her staff, her relationship with her sister (and non existent relationship with her brother in law), and her attendance at a pet bereavement group – despite Pigeon being alive and well.

A massive thank you to HarperCollins UK, Harper Fiction and Tandem Collective UK for my early copy of Cat Lady.Her only mainstay her beloved cat Pigeon (the absolute star of this book) It’s quirky,it’s cringy,it’s sad,it’s amusing,it’s over the top situations. 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!

She's so lonely that she joins a therapy group for people who are grief stricken after losing their pets - even though her cat, Pigeon, is very much still alive. Grief, tackled at its finest with a funny side story and eccentric characters, make this a fabulous read. What Mia is truly lacking are friends and she's so lonely that she joins a therapy group for people who are grief-stricken after losing their pets - even though hers is still very much alive. I've read reviews that said people laughed out loud at this - I was the opposite, I cried several times and found the whole story really sad.

But sweet hell, some of the encounters and thoughts that the main character had were just unnecessary and outright disturbing. 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. I didn’t like Mia at all: an example of how she thinks: “She is reading a copy of Cosmo, which makes me assume she has an STD. Cat lovers will rejoice in this tale of a woman who simply cannot, and maybe doesn’t want to, be tamed’ HEAT --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Fresh, funny and for anyone who’s ever felt astray, Cat Lady will help you belong – because a woman always lands on her feet. I think the only thing stopping this getting one star is that I flipping love cats and would absolutely lay down my life for mine - I am cat lady, so those segments where she just loves Pigeon so much got their hooks in me hard. 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. Ich habe anfangs echt gekämpft mit dem Buch, es las sich wie ein Youtube Tutorial oder eine Instagram Story.A delightful dark-ish comedy set around a "my pet has died" grief counselling group and essentially about forming and living one's best-self and not taking on a label that society expects from you. It’s all too easy to give plot spoilers away in these reviews, so I’ll restrict myself merely to saying that after a few chapters, Mia is faced with a life choice brought about by a shattering event that tears open the superficially conventional life she’s been leading thus far.

I did find Mia quite relatable in some aspects (however, some things she did truly had me cringing and feeling disgusted). Dawn O’Porter is the bestselling author of ‘The Cows’ and the Richard and Judy Book Club pick ‘So Lucky’ and her latest non-fiction title ‘Life in Pieces’ was also a Sunday Times bestseller. 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. Biography: DAWN O'PORTER lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, her two boys Art and Valentine, cats Myrtle and Boo.There are some weird inconsistencies: there is one mention of the pandemic “There is a woman sitting next to me with a horrible cough. The story skips along – and has the standard SHOCK moment that I’ve come to expect from Dawn’s fiction books. I really didn’t want to cry at this book and I tried so hard not to but it just couldn’t be helped, I finally caved and found myself full of tears. Anyway, I did read read the epilogue and everything seems to have ended well, I just have absolutely no desire to take the journey to get there. It was really interesting to see how everyone in the group responded differently to losing a pet, from the emotions they experience to the impact that it has had on their life.

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