The True Story of How Two Quirky Stray Cats Changed Their Adopted Human Forever
After years of loving the vibrant city life in San Francisco, Lonnie Hull DuPont reluctantly trades her three-room apartment on foggy, lively Telegraph Hill for a farmhouse on a quiet plain in Michigan. She immediately misses the rhythm and the pace of the city, and the isolation country living brings has her longing for something more.
Enter Kit Kat and Lucy–stray cats who arrive at the farmhouse a year apart and each ask to move in. The antics and oddities of these two strong personalities wrapped in fur bring a new light to the farmhouse and DuPont’s life. Kit Kat, an obsessive-compulsive tortoiseshell, can purr her new human into a happier state of mind. Lucy, the playful, leaping Russian Blue who can nail a bat right out of the air, makes her laugh.
From the hysterical process of getting two strange cats to like each other, to the exciting years of watching those cats thrive–and inspire DuPont in the process–this book is an energetic tale of cat and human foibles. Animals enrich our lives, and the heartwarming story of how Kit Kat and Lucy changed one woman’s world will leave readers enchanted.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
With this book, I honestly have mixed feelings about. There were certainly elements of it that I adored. Each of these cats that comes into the author’s life, have such individual personalities–something any cat owner will agree is true of every cat. And Lonnie Hull DuPont does a wonderful job capturing that. Many of her anecdotes about Kit Kat and Lucy are endearing, sweet, humourous, and at times sad. These moments in the book, I really truly enjoyed.
However, I felt like for its length (about 230 pages), the book is just slow. Part of it might be moments that don’t have Kit Kat and Lucy as the center of attention. Or it might just be that I struggled to relate with Lonnie outside of a shared love for animals. Whatever it was, I often sat the book down, and then there would be a long lull before picking it up again. It just missed that special something that makes a reader want to keep picking the book up. On the other hand, I can also appreciate that because of that, it might it easy to read this book in snippets and short bursts. It doesn’t take long to pick back up where you left off– I just wish the book drew me in a bit more.
While this book wasn’t totally a hit with me, I can see where other readers might really enjoy it. I’m honestly not one to pick up too many memoirs, but this one, due to the animals, appealed to me. If you enjoy memoirs, and particularly those dealing with pets, check it out. You may just enjoy it a bit more than I did.