Book one in The Cat Cafe series
Published in 2015 by Macmillan
5 out of 5 stars
When two-year-old tabby, Molly, loses her beloved owner, her world falls apart. Re-homed with three cat-hating dogs, she decides to take matters into her own paws and embarks on a gruelling journey to the nearest town. As Molly walks the cobbled streets of Stourton, she begins to lose all hope of finding a home . . .
Until one day she is welcomed into the warmth by caring café owner, Debbie. Like Molly, Debbie is also an outsider and, with a daughter to care for, she is desperate to turn around the struggling café.
But a local battleaxe is on the warpath and she is determined to keep out newcomers, especially four-legged ones. It looks as if Debbie will have to choose between the café and Molly. Yet maybe the solution to their problems may not be as far away as they think.
Will Debbie and Molly be able to turn their fortunes around to launch the Cotswolds’ first Cat Café?
Let’s talk about the plot:
Okay, so I kind of knew what was going to happen in this book, having read its sequel first, but nonetheless I was so excited to read this! And it made me so emotional, seeing all these characters again, especially Molly. She’s definitely become one of my favourite fictional felines! It’s such a great read, easily something I would read over and over again. I can definitely say its more character orientated than plot, having been told from Molly’s perspective, but even as the story unfolded and I knew what would happen, I was still on the edge of my seat throughout: and there was never a dull moment!
Let’s talk about the characters:
Molly, our narrator, is a tabby cat who goesthrough it all! I was feeling so much for her thtoughout, I loved reading about her life before she met Debbie, and how much she grew through the book, as well as her observations on everything. She was written so well! I wish the book was more than a duology, I need more Molly in my life 😂. Honestly, I can’t rave enough, Molly was just the perfect narrator, and I really love her character! I don’t want to spoil it, because I think everyone should read it, but Molly goes through so much and develops of course not only as a cat but as a character too! I definitely was left wanting more, but I know I’ll re read the sequel at Christmas 😂 I loved especially Molly’s intereactions with Debbie, I love how much Molly loved and cared and understood her! I felt like the loyalty of Molly really shone through the book, I could picture her every movements and hear all her purrs. There was one scene towards the end, she made me laugh so much, I could just picture her expression, it was brilliant! And at the very end I definitely felt so proud of her and how far she’s come, and nostslgic too, having come full circle with Molly. I definitely think there’s plenty of potential though for more books with these characters, and they’re definitely among my favourites for that reason. I haven’t read anything like this before and doubt I will again!
Debbie, I practially squealed when I saw her in this book for the first time, I loved her character in book 2, but even more so in book 1, it shows us how far she’s come! I was with her every step and cheering her on, she had been through so much in the past, we definitely learn to the extent of what, but despite all this she’s such a treasure! She’s kind and caring and only wants what’s best for her daughter and Molly. I loved Debbie’s interactions with Molly, and loved the awkward scenes with potential partner John. Molly intervened here for the better, and it was fabulous! I also loved how accepting Debbie is of Molly’s previous owner, something happens towards the end of this book which leaves a catalyst for the events of book 2.
There’s plenty of other colourful characters, both human and feline: Sophie, Debbie’s teenage daughter, I loved her growth through the book, and also Jo, Debbie’s closest friend, she named one of Molly’s kittens, and knowing what happens in book 2 that is definitely such a precious moment!! And I loved meeting John again, he’s so lovely! I only lamented lack of Jasper, a tom cat of significant proportions to Molly, but again, I couldn’t worry too much because of what happens in book 2.
Let’s talk about the writing:
The writing was so addictive, I couldn’t put this book down. I already know I’m going to hopefully get my own copy of the book, it’s something I know I’ll revisit again and again! Melissa Daley combines laughs, love, feels and sometimes suspense in this beauty and it’s something I’ll always recommend to everyone!
Happy reading 😊