Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for THE CALICO CAT by Amanda James
I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Amanda James who gifted me an early copy of THE CALICO CAT. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
At thirteen, Lottie discovers a huge secret which her parents have kept from her, the impact of which proves to be life changing.
Because of the way Lottie’s mother handles the consequent fall-out, the two become distant. Lottie’s rejected by her mother and deemed troublesome, rude and wilful. Ever since then, Lottie has struggled with fitting in and actively tries to be different from others.
As an adult Lottie decides to quit her teaching job and follow her dreams to become an artist. But will she succeed and can she put her troubled past behind her?
As Lottie embarks on a journey of self-discovery she will come to examine the importance of life, love and friendship.
So, you want to know what I think?
When I first started reading this book I was a little unsure – it starts off with a young Lottie asking her mother for a Calico Cat and getting a “No.” and then moves onto an older Lottie walking out of her teaching job. My first thoughts were that she sounded a little selfish and I didn’t really warm to her. However, from around the 20% mark I found myself beginning to adjust to Lottie and her outspoken ways and I began to really enjoy the story.
The reason for my change of heart, discovering “the big fat secret” and how the events that unfolded really impacted Lottie and made her become a different person to the child she was. I guess the old saying “never judge a book by its cover” rings true for me or in this case “don’t judge a character from the first few pages!”
As the story progresses it becomes a journey of self discovery for Lottie and we as readers get to go along for the ride. We get to meet a few new characters on the way. For me I would have loved to get to know some of them a little better and their reasons for being on the “walk of self discovery”.
Although there is a romance element in this book, what would a chick lit book be without one, it is more of a side story which I quite liked as it made the book a bit different and less predictable. It definitely added to the enjoyment for me.
Amanda does a lot for the beautiful settings and has made me very eager to see some of the scenery she describes. She really manages to bring it to life and for anyone that has visited the parts included will definitely appreciate that side of the story.
Finally, this is a beautiful written story of betrayal and heartbreak that leads to a journey of self discovery and eventual happy ending. It’s a very easy and enjoyable read.
About AMANDA JONES;
Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.
Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.
Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.
Twitter – @akjames61
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