They Call Me the Cat Lady

They Call Me the Cat Lady

by Amy Miller

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Overview

You’ve seen me on the street. You’ve walked past my house, and pointed, and wondered. The cat lady. All on my own, with only my five cats to keep me company. Did no-one ever tell you that you can’t judge a book by its cover?



Everyone in town knows Nancy Jones. She loves her cats. She loves her tumbledown house by the sea. She loves her job in the local school where she tries to help the children who need help the most. Nancy tries hard not to think about her past loves and where those led her…



Nancy never shares her secrets – because some doors are better kept locked. But one day she accepts a cat-sitting request from a local woman, and at the woman’s house, Nancy sees a photograph, in a bright-red frame. A photograph that opens the door to her painful past…



Soon Nancy doesn’t know what frightens her the most: letting her story out, or letting the rest of the world in. It’s impossible to find companionship without the risk of losing it. But can Nancy take that risk again?



A heart-wrenching and heart-warming story of love lost and found, and of second chances, They Call Me The Cat Lady is perfect for fans of A Man Called Ove and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

Readers love Amy Miller!



Wonderful... I loved every minute of it and I didn’t want it to end … A heartfelt and truly wonderful read. A story that you will easily lose yourself in’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars



‘A truly fantastic, emotional and heartwarming story… If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. It deserves the entire constellation that's for sure!’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars



I absolutely loved every minute of it! A truly heart-warming and uplifting story and I honestly can't wait to read more.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786819048
Publisher: StoryFire LTD
Publication date: 04/26/2019
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 1,263,435
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.57(d)

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They Call Me the Cat Lady 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
gaele 26 days ago
Nancy Jones has a quiet and reserved life, she loves her work, adores her rescue cats and prefers to keep her secrets and woes quietly tucked away. She’s gentle and caring, none more so than for the downtrodden at the school where she teaches, or with the gentle way she manages her five rescue cats – all named for those she had loved and lost in the past. She’s not particularly loquacious or outwardly friendly, but that is because she is both scared and ashamed: ashamed about the mistakes she made in the past, and afraid that any who learn her tightly held secrets will scorn her, increasing her pain. There’s a certain shyness that surrounds her: it’s simple fear of what could happen if she opens up that she denies herself because of all of the hurts of the past. But there’s a certain hopefulness buried deep, a hope that things could be different if she can only ignore her fear. The opportunity to ‘try again’ presents itself with a simple chance encounter that involves a ‘cat sitting’ favor for a neighbor, and a quiet search through their house in the hopes of meeting her charge – she truly LOVES cats and they seem to love her – her quiet voice, the chatter as she talks to them, and she’s wanting to put this cat who’s owners have left on vacation at ease. Coming up short in front of a photograph that brings all sorts of memories from her past forward, Nancy is shaken to the core, and really needs to find a way to finally move forward. It’s scary and full of pitfalls, it will require she learn to open up and forgive her own mistakes, and even let go of the shames from accepting situations that others wouldn’t. Is this even possible for her after all this time? Not quite a ‘perfect’ read with some situations certainly of Nancy’s own making and her willingness to allow others freedom to treat her as they choose may frustrate some, but there is a core of strength here that comes to the forefront as the story continues. Here is where Miller’s skill with characterization come to the forefront. Everyone who has ever owned a cat or a dog knows that conversations, while terrifically one-sided are common and often helpful: allowing you to work out a problem. But, advice is sorely lacking even if sympathetic ears are around. Nancy’s choice to name her cats after those she lost, and often conversations that she ‘wishes’ were held, or should have been, are her way of trying to work through these issues – just not necessarily to any great effect. Gently painted as a rather delicate and removed woman, Nancy is sincerely dedicated to alleviating the woes of others, from a boy at the school to her rescued cats. She’s managed for quite a while to ignore her own more pressing conflicts to fall to the side as she helps others navigate their way through difficult moments. But, Miller then pushes Nancy into situations and places where her own issues and problems come to the forefront – and forces her to make choices and decisions that finally help to lay her grief and fears to rest, leaving us with a lovely and hopeful ending, full of possibilities and cat hairs. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
DdayKM 3 days ago
The title and cover pulled me in. This was a case where I picked the book before reading the synopsis. What a great surprise! This is a story of love, loss, friendship and the ups and downs of life.
AMGiacomasso 11 days ago
This book is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time, it made me smile and it moved me to tears. I loved Nancy, her personality and how she relates to her cats (I'm a cat lover). The book is engaging, entertaining and well written. I think I will remember Nancy for a long time. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
LlamaJen 27 days ago
Absolutely LOVED this book!!! How could I resist a book about cats??!!! I'm not a crazy cat lady (yet), but I do love cats. Nancy's cats were her family. They loved her, comforted her and were always there when she got home from work. She even named them after the people she loved the most. I just loved Nancy from the start. She had a wonderful heart. She was a huge help to Alfie and his father. I can't even imagine what she went through, it was so heartbreaking. Meeting Marcie was a blessing in disguise for Nancy. She could share her grief with someone who knew what she went through and also felt the loss. Seeing William and Larry again also helped Nancy. The book is full of love, loss, forgiveness, friendship and of course cats. The Florence Nightingale's quote in the beginning of the book was purrfect!! "Cats possess more sympathy and feeling than human beings." It was interesting to learn Nightingale had owned sixty cats. Definitely recommend the book. I loved everything about it- the story, writing style and characters. I also loved the cover of the book. It was so simple but perfect. I can't wait to read more books by the author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Brenda-Pruitt 29 days ago
I absolutely loved this book. A woman who has seen more than her fair share of pain and tragedy keeps to herself and her cats. Cats are loyal. They love you no matter what. She is quite afraid to love anyone again, after losing her daughter. Her husband blamed her and divorced her. Women who live alone are often ridiculed for being the "cat lady." But this book explains how a woman can find herself in this position. Because she is afraid to reach out and be hurt again.
Shelley-S-Reviewer 3 months ago
I loved this book and everything it had to offer. It is a profound book that gave insight and and meaning to behaviour and social norms that we often don't think about, but should. I think most people can relate to Nancy's character and as we follow with her though her own personal journey. The book touches on the topic of loneliness in a deep yet lighthearted way and is one of the best books I have read in awhile. Amy Miller's characterization of Nancy was beautifully and sympathetically done with a love for her character. The progress of Nancy provided an engaging reading experience. I immediately was drawn in by this fascinating title character. I had to find out what had happened to her as well as what would happen to her. I couldn’t stop reading. This was a witty, well written book with many very endearing characters and qualities. I cheered for Nancy and I also cried for her. They Call Me the Cat Lady is an excellent read. It's so well-written - the author definitely keeps you engaged as she slips in pieces of the life Nancy has lead before but also keeps you curious about the whole story. Nancy is quirky and you just know there is some tragic history that has to lead to her peculiar habits and lifestyle. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story. I ❤️ The Cat Lady!
Shelley-S-Reviewer 3 months ago
I loved this book and everything it had to offer. It is a profound book that gave insight and and meaning to behaviour and social norms that we often don't think about, but should. I think most people can relate to Nancy's character and as we follow with her though her own personal journey. The book touches on the topic of loneliness in a deep yet lighthearted way and is one of the best books I have read in awhile. Amy Miller's characterization of Nancy was beautifully and sympathetically done with a love for her character. The progress of Nancy provided an engaging reading experience. I immediately was drawn in by this fascinating title character. I had to find out what had happened to her as well as what would happen to her. I couldn’t stop reading. This was a witty, well written book with many very endearing characters and qualities. I cheered for Nancy and I also cried for her. They Call Me the Cat Lady is an excellent read. It's so well-written - the author definitely keeps you engaged as she slips in pieces of the life Nancy has lead before but also keeps you curious about the whole story. Nancy is quirky and you just know there is some tragic history that has to lead to her peculiar habits and lifestyle. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story. I ❤️ The Cat Lady!
Rhonda-Runner1 3 months ago
I absolutely loved this easy addictive story about love and marriage, loss and heartbreak, forgiveness, friendship, hope and moving forward. Nancy Jones is a divorcee who works at an elementary school. She keeps to herself and does not socialize with the rest of the staff. She never goes out socially and prefers to stay at home with her 5 cats. I can totally relate to her with the way she cares for and treats her cats like humans since I have 4 cats. A co-worker suggests that she start a pet sitting service and her first customer changes the course of her reclusive lifestyle. This story is guaranteed to tug at your heart strings as the secrets of Nancy's past life unfold. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read an ARC of this wonderfully touching book. I highly recommend it.
EdnaG 3 months ago
Description You’ve seen me on the street. You’ve walked past my house, and pointed, and wondered. The cat lady. All on my own, with only my five cats to keep me company. Did no-one ever tell you that you can’t judge a book by its cover? Everyone in town knows Nancy Jones. She loves her cats. She loves her tumbledown house by the sea. She loves her job in the local school where she tries to help the children who need help the most. Nancy tries hard not to think about her past loves and where those led her… Nancy never shares her secrets – because some doors are better kept locked. But one day she accepts a cat-sitting request from a local woman, and at the woman’s house, Nancy sees a photograph, in a bright-red frame. A photograph that opens the door to her painful past… Soon Nancy doesn’t know what frightens her the most: letting her story out or letting the rest of the world in. It’s impossible to find companionship without the risk of losing it. But can Nancy take that risk again? This was a very touching, beautiful book. Nancy is someone you do connect with. She is such a caring, kind woman. A lovely, kind story about the people we often overlook, the people more worthy than most of the rest of us. It touched my soul and heart. Beautiful. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy for review.
CaptainsQuarters 3 months ago
Ahoy there mateys! I received this literary eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . This novel caught me eye because of the title. It is not in me usual genres but me ship holds three feline cohorts for luck and love. All of me friends and family are dog people. I get called the cat lady . . . well crazy cat lady ALL THE TIME. I am given cat socks and sent photos of cats. I figured this book would be a purrrrfect fit! I picked it up expecting a silly, light read. I didn't get a light read but what I got instead was ultimately interesting and fulfilling. The story follows a woman named Nancy. She is soft-spoken, private, and independent. Though everyone in town knows who Nancy is, nobody really knows much about her. Other than she has cats. So she is known as the cat lady and watches other folks' cats when folks are out-of-town. Everyone likes Nancy but seem to want to delve into her past which she has no interest sharing. Until one day her past comes to her in the form of a photograph. Finding that photo unleashes an unexpected series of events. Nancy has to choose how to face both her past and her future. This tale was wonderful. It is about grief, hope, friendship, kindness, closure, isolation, life, healing, and lack of judgment. I thought Nancy was extremely relatable and lovely. I also enjoyed the cast of characters that help bring down Nancy's walls of sorrow. I particularly loved George and Alfie. I loved how we got to see how people deal with negative events in different ways. I loved how it shows ye can't know what goes on behind other people's facades unless ye let them into yers. I loved the connections. I thought the ending was absolutely touching and I may have shed a salty tear or two. Seriously I wouldn't mind having a Nancy in me life. So if ye want a lovely story that warmed up even this grizzled sailor's old bilge-pump I call me heart, check this yarn out. Arrrr! So lastly . . . Thank you Bookouture!
CatmomJD 3 months ago
No matter how hard it is, sometimes facing the past is all you need to set a new path to the future. We all have something in our pasts that we would rather keep hidden. In this book, we meet Nancy Jones, who is known as the cat lady by everyone in her town. Nancy is a kind-hearted lady, who had a tragic past that she would rather forget. These days, Nancy enjoys spending her time with cats, not humans. Nancy works part time at a school and feeds people’s cats for extra money. But, when Nancy goes to feed a client’s cat, she discovers something that brings the past back to life. Everything changes after that. Nancy’s life will never be the same. This is one of those books that once you get into it, you can’t put it down. It’s a story about friendships, secrets, tragedies, and facing the past and learning to move forward. And, of course there are lots of cats. I could relate to Nancy’s love of her cats and how sometimes they are the only ones you can turn to when life gets tough. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good women’s fiction book and especially those who love cats.
MKF 3 months ago
How much do you know about your neighbors? The people you see every day in the stores or at school? Well, no one really knows much about Nancy, who has closed her past off and chosen to live with and for her cats. She does work at the local school and she is protective of kids who are bullied. Nancy's past comes tumbling into her face when she takes a particular cat sitting job and forces her into the light. The back story is, to be fair, a bit cliched but it's also well done. I felt for Nancy, enjoyed the other characters, and on the whole found this a good read. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.