Sheila Jeffries’ e-mail, asking me to review Solomon’s Tale: A Wise Cat Helps a Family in Crisis described the book as “a story about a healing cat who helps a family.” She went on to describe the book in greater detail, but she had me at “healing cat.”
We first meet Solomon in spirit form. He tells us that “in the spirit world, we cats are shining cats, and we live in a way that is impossible to live on earth. There is no meowing or yowling, but we do purr, and we communicate by telepathy. … There are shining people, too. There is no pollution, no illness, and no war.” Sounds like the kind of place you never want to leave. But when Solomon is asked to go back to earth to help Ellen, the human he loved the most, he readily agrees. He had been Ellen’s cat when she was a child. She is facing some major challenges, and Solomon takes on the assignment of helping her through them by reuniting with her.
Helping Ellen is not easy. Ellen’s husband is an alcoholic, her young son John is quite a handful, and Jessica, the resident cat, is not thrilled with the newcomer. Solomon helps the family face the repossession of the family home, relocation to a cramped caravan, Ellen’s illness, and a stint of trying to survive in the wild. It’s a lot for one small cat to deal with, but Solomon is up to the task.
I expected to like this book, but I did not expect to be unable to put it down. The story is told from Solomon’s point of view, and the twists and turns of his efforts to help Ellen and her family kept me reading late into the night, all the way up to the surprising ending.
But more than the story itself, I loved the story behind the story. The themes of spirituality, reincarnation, and how the soul survives death resonated deeply with me.
This book will make you smile, cry and laugh – sometimes, all at the same time. The book is recommended for ages 11 and up, but this heart-touching and inspirational tale is a book for all ages.
Sheila Jeffries is the author of twelve popular children’s books, was acclaimed as a brilliant primary school teacher, and is a successful artist. She was born with a natural gift of clairvoyance. Please visit Sheila’s website for more information.
This book was sent to me by the author. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.