Garrison had been in Uganda for nine years, helping dig water wells, when he got malaria. He was forced to come back to the U.S. only to find that his grandmother had died. The grandmother who had raised him from age twelve after his parents died. He found out he was responsible for his grandmother's estate – including finding suitable homes for six cats. Cats to which he was severely allergic.
This is a sweet Christmas novella. I really liked Garrison. He is a good guy even if he is a little rusty in the social graces, having been in Africa for nearly a decade. I liked his vision of perhaps starting a house for troubled teens, helping them find their way. I felt for for him when reality set in and he knew he had to go back to Seattle for that job offer. He just seemed so lonely, however.
This is a great little book for cat lovers. Even if you don't like cats, this is a nice, warm novella. There a little romance too. It would be a good read for guys, since the main character is one. Can a guy end up a cat lover, even when he's allergic to them? You'll just have to read the book to find out. As a line in Carlson's novel says, “I wouldn't want to let the cat out of the bag.”
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than six million. She is the author of several Christmas books, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, as well as The Christmas Pony and A Simple Christmas Wish. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com
Revell, 176 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.