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Losing loved ones is an awful fact of life; losing one's loving spouse, one's day-to-day partner through life, especially in the prime of life, is one of the most unbearable tolls that we humans are forced to endure. This is the true story of my journey from grieving widower, not caring if I lived or died, to the once-again happily married man I am today, a man who both loves and cherishes life. My three kitties ...
Losing loved ones is an awful fact of life; losing one's loving spouse, one's day-to-day partner through life, especially in the prime of life, is one of the most unbearable tolls that we humans are forced to endure. This is the true story of my journey from grieving widower, not caring if I lived or died, to the once-again happily married man I am today, a man who both loves and cherishes life. My three kitties have given me a new zest for living.
Both inspiring and entertaining, my story is filled with laughter as well as tears, and you will certainly find yourself moved by my journey.
If my book moves you, then please leave a review. I will greatly appreciate that.
Posted January 8, 2014
By the time I got to 5% in this book on my Kindle, I was already bawling my eyes out. Seriously, I had to put it down every two minutes or so to wipe the tears from my eyes first before I could continue reading. In only a few paragraphs, the author managed to describe his first wife in such a sincere way, it felt to me as though I’ve known her personally. His loss was palpable and felt like my own. My heart broke for him, not only for losing his life partner to cancer, but also for all the trying times he had to endure together with her as she battled with this incurable, unforgiving illness. Although at the start this is an achingly heartbreaking story about loss, grief, starting over and moving on, it is also filled with many humorous laugh out loud moments; and at its core, it is a poignant tale about healing and finding “the one”.
I adore cats and was delighted to read the chapters on the author’s days spent with his cat, Coco! It made me miss my own cat that had passed away many years ago. Every cat-lover should read this book though. It is so magnificently spot-on with all the kitty mannerisms and typical feline traits; I couldn’t stop smiling as I recognized this same behavior in my own cats. Coco and Pom Pom’s different and adorable personalities jumped off the page and made me want to cuddle them and play all their favorite games with them. The one thing Coco did that practically had me rolling on the floor with laughter was when he was playing with the bathroom cabinet doors in the middle of the night. The little guy was having a grand ol’ time and I just couldn’t stop laughing while envisioning this spectacle.
And then there are the chapters about the author stepping back into the dating arena again. He described it so well that I was chewing my nails with nervous anticipation as he went through several failed attempts until he finally met “the one”. Let me tell you now: Hollywood couldn’t have written a better or more moving romance even if they tried. I have read novels where the romance nearly brought me to tears with its all encompassing beauty, but not one of those romance novels holds a candle to what these two people have in real life. I couldn’t help but feel the same joy as what they felt while falling in love with each other.
The best part of this quick read is that it left me wanting more! This was just such a memorable and personal journey to take with the author. Starting from the minute he met his first wife, losing her to cancer, then having to go through the grieving and healing process, finding and giving Coco a home, working up the courage to open himself again to love and finding a soul mate, and then meeting his second wife, and opening his home to a playmate for Coco; The Three Kitties That Saved My Life is a candid, wholly poignant and heartfelt recounting of one man’s voyage from devastating loss to his unexpected happily ever after. I recommend this extraordinary novella to everyone who has ever had to deal with loss, and also to every cat-lover out there who would undoubtedly enjoy the antics of Coco and Pom Pom, and who would understand that a house can become a home with the addition of four-legged felines. This inspiring novella barreled me through a multitude of emotions and cemented my opinion that cats indeed do have healing powers. As it takes about two hours to read, The Three Kitties That Saved My Life is the perfect anytime read for anyone anywhere!
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Posted January 28, 2014
As a real cat lover I expected this book to have lots of things about cats, and I was not at all disappointed by it. The start of the story if very sad, in a double way and the end has also some not so nice part in it, but all in all it's a great survival story about how to handle great losses in your life and accept them in a way that you can get over them and make a new start.
Even though the story has some parts that come back, it's hard to describe your life with cats without getting back the same things coming over and over, just come and see at home with our two male cats! Was also very intrigued by the coincidence, as I'm living now in Finland, with my wife who went to the German school here and my daughter who is attending the same school at this moment. None of us have the local nationality! And talking about love at first sight, I do know it happens. It took us a bit longer to get married (due to administrative problems) but we did decide it very soon after our first real date!
Would recommend this book to any cat lover and anybody that had some loved one that passed away.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review, this has in no way influenced the outcome of this text!