I confess, I do enjoy reading contemporary romance novels, and when the book features a cat, so much the better! Sophy Burnham’s Love, Alba will satisfy readers of both cat book and romance genres. The book has it all: love, romance, adventure, and three delightful feline characters.
Alba is a two-year-old wise cat who lives with her guardian Lorna. Lorna, who is over 60 years old, has fallen in love with her much younger neighbor David (who also happens to have a handsome man cat named Goliath.) What complicates things is that Lorna’s younger friend Nikki is also interested in David. When Nikki, an art conservator, becomes implicated in an international art theft, the story takes breathtaking twists and turns that make it hard to put this book down. The story is told from Alba’s point of view.
I enjoyed the storyline, and I absolutely loved Burnham’s writing style. Writing from a cat’s perspective is an art, and Burnham’s take on writing as a cat is believable without being saccharine. Alba is both wise and funny. Burnham’s writing is descriptive and almost lyrical at times.
This book is, at its heart, a love story, but it is also a story of friendship, aging, and about not allowing societal expectation to limit our dreams and desires. I wanted to savor this book, but also couldn’t resist turning the pages quickly to find out what happened next. This is a thoroughly satisfying read that will delight romance and cat lovers alike.
Sophy Burnham is the author of fourteen books, award-winning plays, radio plays, children’s books, investigative reporting and short stories. For more information, please visit the author’s website.
FTC disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.