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Book Review: Molly and the Cat Cafe by Melissa Daley 

Book one in The Cat Cafe series

Published in 2015 by Macmillan

300 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 😊


Book Review: Christmas at the Cat Cafe by Melissa Daley

Book 2 in the Cat Cafe series

First published in 2016

305 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Christmas at the Cat Cafe is the wonderfully festive sequel to Melissa Daley’s uplifting tale, Molly and the Cat Cafe. The Costwolds’ town of Stourton-on-the-Hill has its very own cat cafe. Resident cat Molly, and her kittens, live here in feline paradise, while owner Debbie serves the locals home-made goodies. But even in the most idyllic surroundings, things don’t always go to plan… When Debbie’s heartbroken sister Linda arrives at the cafe, Debbie insists she move in. But Linda is not alone, and the cats are devastated with the arrival of Linda’s dog, Beau. Sadly, Beau’s arrival is not the only bombshell – now Molly’s home is also under threat when a rival cat moves in on her turf. With Christmas approaching, Molly is unsettled, barely roused by the promise of tinsel to play with. Fearing for her feline family she hopelessly stares out of the cafe window searching for an answer. Only a Christmas miracle could bring everyone together.

My Review:

Note: as you can see, I had too much fun writing longer reviews, so I feel mini reviews are no more…

Okay, before I start, I must confess, I haven’t read the first book…*crawls behind book stacks*

*pokes head back out*

Okay, so yes, you heard correctly, I actually went into this book not knowing anything about the back story. Why? Because I didn’t know this was a sequel, I had come across this book at the library, swooned at the cuteness that was the cover (I mean, look!) and instantly ordered a copy. I hoped that it would become a new Christmas favourite,

something I’d re read annually.

I was definitely right! This book was such a pleasant surprise!!! Honestly, I didn’t think I’d get all swept up in the emotions of Debbie and her erratic sister, Linda, and all those ridiculously sweet kittens, and Molly! The matriarch of the cat family, I was ridiculously excited by the fact that the book was narrated by her! She conveyed so much emotion throughout the book, I personally had always wondered what it was like to see things through a cat’s eyes, and I feel like this one actually delivered that, and it was fabulous! Below I’ll list what Molly, and Melissa Daley’s lovely writing, conveyed me to see (slight spoilers ahead):

– Cats possess similar emotions to humans, which lets face it, we knew already, but Molly feels jealous of a cat that Linda adopts, and it was so juicy! And bittersweet, Molly was our point of view in the story, therefore we saw things as she did. I was inclined to feel the feline’s jealousy, and wished her family of kittens would interact with her more.

– Sophie, Debbie’s teenage daughter, was bitter about being surrounded by a litter of kittens constantly, and not having much time to herself. Also, her character definitely had the most growth, I think, she honestly came across as a bit of a brat, but I was definitely loving her towards the end.

– Debbie was such an amazing character! She works so hard, and was always so good to not only the cats, but she took in her sister and went along with everything Linda came with. Initially, I couldn’t stand Linda, she was so selfish!! I mean, who brings a dog to stay at their sister’s house when they well know said sister has so many cats! But seeing the dog and cats interact with the kittens was hilarious, those kittens weren’t going to back down, and I love how Molly’s protectiveness of her litter really carried through the book!

– I laughed, I got emotional, and even fearful, and definitely feely throughout this book, it was the perfect festive read! I may well go back and read book one, but I know I’ll be revisiting these lovelies again.

I can’t fault this book, it was purrfect.

Happy reading 📚