Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family by Helen Brown

After checking out the runt of the litter, Sam chooses the name Cleo for this tiny kitten that is scheduled to join the family shortly following his ninth birthday. Sadly, Sam does not live to see this happen. When Cleo eventually shows up at her new home, Sam’s mother is hesitant to take her in. How can the family assume the responsibility of a new kitten when emotions are still so raw and fresh? But while witnessing her younger son fall instantly and utterly in love with Cleo, she finds it impossible to refuse this hairless little bundle of energy.

Life certainly will never be the same again for the family. However, with a new distraction in the form of an incredibly adorable Abyssinian cat, heavy hearts slowly begin to heal. Cleo plays a pivotal role in helping the family move forward by providing them with a sense of joy and a new beginning.

I got completely caught up in Helen Brown’s story soon after beginning her book. What particularly impressed me was how honestly and openly she shares her experience on the devastation of losing a child and the rebuilding process that followed. Her vibrantly descriptive prose results in a fast and engrossing read. Moreover, I think you will be heartened by the countless ways Cleo contributes to the family’s healing process.

Look for Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family on the VBPL catalog. I suggest following that up by reading The New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan.

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