Book Review: The Nine Lives Of Christmas

14 Nov
When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea.  He’ll do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him, and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.

The stranger turns out to be a fire fighter named Zach, the quintessential commitment- phobe who’s in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, it’s bound to earn him a healthy ninth life.  Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever anticipated.  Now it’s going to take all his feline wiles—and a healthy dose of Christmas magic—to bring them all together in time for the holidays.

Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. She’s been writing since 1989, but she did lots of things before settling in to her writing career, including owning a singing telegram company and playing in a band. Her band days are over, but she still enjoys writing songs. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences or hanging out with her girlfriends she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

In honor of Ambrose the Cat, Sheila is having a fun contest over at her blog!  Leave a comment telling Sheila in 25 words or less about the coolest cat you have ever owned and she will pick the best entry on November 30 and announce the winner on December 1.  Sheila says, “If you have the coolest cat of all we’ll send you a Sheila holiday reading package, consisting of my three Christmas novels, ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS, THE SNOW GLOBE, and THE NINE LIVES OF CHRISTMAS. Contest ends November 30th and we’ll announce our winner on December 1st. Can hardly wait to hear about your awesome kitties!”

My Impressions:

The Nine Lives Of Christmas is a light-hearted Christmas novella featuring Ambrose aka Tom, a cat currently down to his last life who has to do a little matchmaking to make sure his ninth and last life will be long and happy.  Sure to appeal to cat and romance fans alike, Sheila Roberts’ novel is a good way to start the holiday season.

Merilee is not comfortable in her new trimmed down body.  An independent, animal loving woman determined to do everything herself, Merilee needs a makeover when it comes to her love life.  Hunky firefighter Zach has been burned once too often in his life and thinks that commitment is not for the likes of him. Ambrose has his paws full trying to get these two lovelorn people together.

The Nine Lives of Christmas is laugh out loud funny — humans explained from a cat’s perspective is just too good to pass up.  Please note:  the novel contains mild profanity and sexual innuendo that may be offensive to some.  But all in all I enjoyed it.


I have an audiobook version of The Nine Lives Of Christmas that I am giving away to one lucky reader.  Click HERE to enter.

(I received The Nine Lives of Christmas Of Christmas from Pump Up Your Book. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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