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When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea to the universe. He’ll do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice ...
When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea to the universe. He’ll do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him—and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.
The stranger turns out to be a firefighter named Zach, who’s in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, it’s bound to earn him a healthy ninth life. Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever thought. Merriliee is way too shy to make the first move on a ladies man like Zach, and Zach thinks he’s all wrong for a nice girl like Merrilee. Now it’s going to take all of Ambrose’s feline wiles—and maybe even a good old fashioned Christmas miracle—to make them both realize that what they’re looking for is right in front of their eyes.
"...witty characterizations, slapstick mishaps, and plenty of holiday cheer."
"...the perfect gift for the cat lover in your life."
--Five Alarm Book Reviews
"If you love Christmas, cats and happy endings, Sheila Roberts’ The Nine Lives of Christmas is the ticket to great holiday reading pleasure!"
Posted April 22, 2014
Posted December 10, 2013
This book was so good. I love cats and Ambrose was so cute and smart. Hope everyone reads it. The Snow Globe written by this author was another awesome book by Sheila Roberts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2013
Posted January 16, 2013
A cute story that is told in both the cat and human perspective. I was a bit disturbed by the attitude towards physical appearance and it's importance by most of the characters.
The main character does progress from meaningless physical relationships to a recognition of the importance of family and healthy relationships, which redeemed the story for me.
Posted December 25, 2012
Ambrose, the cat, is on his ninth life, and looking for a new home after his last mistress has died. He realizes that his cute and cuddly days have passed their 'sell-by date'. But he's sure he can convince one more person of his value. He sneaks his way into a single fire fighter's house and plans to stay there. His firefighter has found a sweet girl at the local pet store who seems to be a great 'cat whisper' for settling Ambrose into his life for long enough to find a permanent home for Ambrose.
Ambrose has no plans of leaving, and is sure everyone will settle in quit wonderfully if he can just get rid of that terrible 'cougar lady' that his firefighter seems to think he enjoys dating. Through many humorous and worrisome events, love, forgiveness, and 'pet persuasion' Ambrose gets everything perfectly settled.
This is the very best 'cat /pet' book that I've read in a long time!! If you love your cat or other pet, this book is definitely for you!!
Posted December 12, 2012
Posted November 18, 2012
Christmas and Cat Lovers Rejoice!
This is the perfect holiday story of family, felines and forgiveness. I loved Ambrose the cat, trying to get the humans moving in the right direction to ensure happiness for them and a good ninth life for him.
Posted August 2, 2012
Posted July 30, 2012
Posted February 1, 2012
I got my Color nook at Christmas and this was such a good book to go along with my Nook . Could not hardly wait to read it . The story just warms your heart . Not a heavy book but good light reading which a Christmas story should be . Nice jobWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2012
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Posted December 6, 2011
Posted December 2, 2011
Uplifting Christmas Story-Shelia Roberts captures your attention and keeps it during this cute story that involves the 9th life of a curious and personable cat, Ambrose. I really enjoyed the story-passed the book along to several friends-they loved it, too! Makes you realize what is important at Christmas.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2011
Review by Valerie: It¿s getting cooler outside and the holiday spirits are stirring. What better time to sit down and read a book that will get you in the holiday spirit? This one is a winner for cat or pet lovers, especially. The story opens with Ambrose cornered in a tree bargaining for his life ¿ he is on his last one, after all. When the dog is chased away by a nice stranger, Ambrose knows he doesn¿t want to do anything nice for a dog so it must be the fireman he has to help out to fulfill his bargain. Zach notices the cat following him home but it¿s time for a 48 hour shift at the firehouse so he plops him outside and goes to work. When he returns home, guess who¿s still waiting? Zach¿s friends remind him that cats are a ¿chick¿ type of pet, not for a manly man like him.
Ambrose¿s bargain with the creator is going to be much harder to fulfill than he ever realized. Zach has turned away from any and all efforts at matchmaking, even a call from the popular The Bachelor show. When Zach still hasn¿t found a home for the pesky creature who won¿t leave, he decides to dress up as Santa and take a picture to encourage someone to adopt Ambrose but the visit doesn¿t go as planned ¿ there are dogs at the place. Then, Ambrose spots Merilee ¿ those eyes...he recognizes her from another life and the scheming begins.
Curl up with this book and enjoy a cool night by the fire...it¿ll warm your heart.
Posted October 28, 2011
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This story features Ambrose, the matchmaking cat, who finds himself facing his ninth life, you know the final one. He will do anything - ANYTHING - to be able to live it out happily.
When it looks like his fate has been sealed by an enormous dog, he pleads for help. His savior arrives in the form of a big, strong, firefighter named Zach. A firefighter who is very surprised that his good deed not only included scaring away the dog but giving Ambrose a new home.
Ambrose soon sees Zach needs help in the romance department. He also knows it is not going to be an easy endeavor to bring the perfect match together. With a bit of holiday magic he may be able to do it and even find a little feline romance for himself.
This is such a cute little story. The perfect pick me up to get your holiday planning and shopping off on the right foot. You may even want to pick up some extra copies to give as gifts.
A light holiday romance with the predictable happy ending told from the cat's point of view. It makes for a Very Meowy Christmas.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from St. Martin's Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted October 28, 2011
If you like Christmas, romance, and pets with personality, "The Nine Lives of Christmas" is for you! I've been a fan of Sheila Roberts for a long time and her latest book is another wonderful read. Her latest story involves a firefighter whose heart needs mending, a sweet and relatable heroine, and a matchmaking cat (how awesome is that?), all set against the backdrop of the holidays. I was glued to this book from the very first page, and could hardly put it down! Reading "The Nine Lives of Christmas" is a great way to get into the holiday spirit, and it delivers surprises right up to the end! I highly recommend this book. It's a must-have for your personal library, and it would also make a great Christmas gift for your friends, family and (of course!) the cat lovers in your life!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2011
As a Sheila Roberts fan who has read all of her novels, her newest holiday release does not disappoint. Though I loved last holiday season's release (Snow Globe) this novel was especially a treat for a cat lover who also happens to be married to a firefighter, the occupation of the novel's hero. Not only does Roberts perfectly portray the life of a firefighter, but she manages to pull off Ambrose the cat's point of view making his thoughts believable and funny as well. Merilee is the girl next door you can't help but like with her sweet personality and love for all creatures. When Ambrose finds himself on his ninth life, he begins to plan and scheme on how to get this wounded firefighter and love shy pet store clerk together - as well as get himself another life. The Nine Lives of Christmas is a great read to get you in the mood or a great way to wind down after a day of holiday shopping. In fact, forget the holiday shopping and just order a copy for everyone on your list...cat lovers and book lovers alike!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2011
This was an incredibly sweet novel that is perfect for Christmas. Ambrose is a cat. He is a cat who needs to earn his ninth life. He sees his chance in Zach, a man in need of help with relationships. Merilee is Ambrose's choice for Zach, the reader will likely approve of this choice as well. The book really takes off from there.
The reader will be entertained. Ambrose is funny and slightly remniscent of Garfield. Zach is likable and Merilee does seem to be the perfect girl for him. The reader will enjoy watching their relationship grow. The events were fast-paced and always had a sweet tinge to them. The ending was perfect for this novel, wouldn't want a thing changed. This book is recommended for teen/young adult/adult readers.
Posted December 14, 2011
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