Cat Lady by Mary M. Schmidt

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This was such a cute title, I definitely had to check it out! While not the typical ‘cat lady’ you probably have in mind, this collection of poems tells the story of an old woman in Rome who can talk to cats and with their help, tries to grant a dying man’s wish .

Intrigued? Read on for more about the story, and my review!

To any tourist in Rome, Old Maria may seem to be an eccentric soul who feeds stray cats and thinks she can talk with them. Things are rarely as they seem. In fact, she can. A dying cardinal has given Maria a final, urgent wish. His time is running short. On the surface, it seems impossible to grant.

Things are rarely as they seem. Especially with Maria and her cats at work. And for those who truly love, the impossible is only an illusion.

What you think you see, may well be something quite different.   Goodreads

My overall opinion: short and sweet! This is a very short story, told through a series of poems, so my review will also be short. It’s a quick read if that’s something you look for, made easier by the rhyming lines, but it’s also really enjoyable. You get a glimpse into the life of a woman who is largely ignored by her society, and get to see the magical world she lives in. I thought it was a really creative story, both with the relationship between the woman and the cats, and the quest they go on to fulfill the Cardinal’s wish. A really nice story, for cat-lovers or non, just in time for the holidays!

The afterword was very cute as well, as the author provides some ways for the reader to help out stray cats in their own city. Maybe keep that in mind this holiday season as you consider which organizations to donate to!


Check back in Monday for a new #MusicMonday, but until then have a wonderful holiday weekend! Cheers, all!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


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