There seems to be a scarcity of good books featuring kitties. I've read some that were so bad I didn't even finish them and won't insult you folks by attempting to review them. But I stumbled on a book by a British author (remember, I have a preference for British authors, by and large - nothing is more droll than the Brit sense of humour). I ordered The Cat of Yule Cottage from Amazon. copyright 2016. The cover, alone, is intriguing. I read this book in an evening. It isn't fat. The protagonist is Jessamine Pike, a young woman who has been dumped by her boyfriend and who has just sold her manuscript. Jess is ready for a major change and she finds it when she rents a centuries-old cottage in Cornwall.
Jess finds she is not alone at Enysyule.the cottage she has come quickly to love.
The resident there is a beautiful, large black cat with golden eyes. Right away the reader knows there is a mystery at Enysyule - and we suspect it involves the cat, Perrin. Villagers tell stories about a spirit that inhabits the area. keeping watch over the cottage and its beautiful valley. An ancient standing stone is only part of this mystery. Before she knows it, Jess is involved in a centuries-old feud, five-hundred years old to be exact. We, like Jess, get to learn a bit about Cornish celebrations of All-Hallows Eve as well as Yuletide. (Just an aside here - many of you may have heard of the "Yule Log" or participated in the ceremony held in Palmer Lake every Christmas. The tradition of the Yule Log originated in Cornwall. For many years when I was a kid and a young adult, my family and I always participated in the Yule Log. One year my cousin Scott and I found it. Whoever finds the Yule Log gets to ride back to the Town Hall on it as the other searchers pull it along. A bumpy ride to say the least. My family has a house in Palmer Lake - it's been in the family for about eighty-eight years now. I have no idea if the Yule Log tradition is still celebrated in Palmer Lake any more. Like all the Front Range of Colorado. overcrowding has spoiled many an old tradition.) As you read, like Jess, you will pick up clues and you may find yourself asking "Who or what is Perrin, really? The ending might surprise you, but then again, you may have had a suspicion of who the spirit is who looks after Enysyule and the valley. A short, easy read, for pure escapism. The author, Lili Hayward, is obviously a kitty-lover. If you're looking for an entertaining mystery that features an old house and a Very Important Kitty, along with a bit of Cornish history and tradition, The Cat of Yule Cottage might be just the book for you! Order it new or used, paperback or hardcover from Amazon, or get it on your Kindle.
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.