Review and Giveaway: Paw Prints at Owl Cottage by Denis O’Connor

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Paw Prints at Owl Cottage brings the reader back to the beautiful setting of a remote country cottage in Northumberland in England, home to the author, his wife, and their cats. This sequel to Paw Prints in the Moonlight is a heartwarming story about the power of cats, and the way they change lives.

From the publisher:

When Denis and his wife Catherine return to Owl Cottage, their former home, only to find it in a dilapidated state, they decide to restore this charming house. But the memory of Denis’s beloved cat, Toby Jug, still lingers on. On impulse he buys a Maine Coon Kitten, Pablo, who proves to be such a wonderful companion that he decides to buy three more and names them Carlos, Luis, and Max. Set against the wilds of the Northumbrian coast, Denis tenderly and humorously charts the ups and downs of life with his mischievous cats in this warm and touching tale.

Reminiscent of the James Herriott books, this book captures a simpler life than that most of us live, and therein lies part of its charm. The narrative is nature writing at its best: descriptive, evocative, almost lyrical at times. O’Connor’s deep love for his cats comes through in every passage. There’s something almost magical about this book.

You may want to have tissues handy as you read this book. I found a few passages somewhat disturbing, but mostly, I found myself smiling and nodding in recognition as the author describes day to day life with his cats.

While I didn’t love this book quite as much as the first book, which stayed with me long after I finished it, I still thoroughly enjoyed this charming sequel.

Enter to Win a Copy of Paw Prints at Owl Cottage

To enter the giveaway, let me know why you’d like to win this book. For an additional chance to win, share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest, and leave a separate comment for each social network, letting me know that you shared. Please don’t post the link to your share. This giveaway is only open to readers in the United States only, and ends Friday, February 28. Winners will be chosen by random drawing*.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Prize winner must provide The Conscious Cat with a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing. Winners will be announced in a separate post following the drawing.

41 Comments on Review and Giveaway: Paw Prints at Owl Cottage by Denis O’Connor

  1. Ed
    February 28, 2014 at 4:21 am (7 years ago)

    Would enjoy a book about cats, thank you for the chance to win! 🙂

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  2. Margaret
    February 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm (7 years ago)

    What a lot of lovely feedback on this – one of the best books ever written about cats. In the UK the series is “Paw Tracks” rather than “Prints” but of course – the same difference. I have read this book and the previous one, beautifully written; only a true cat lover could write as Mr O’Connor does about his life with cats, what characters they are. Harrowing in parts, tremendously sad in others – but well worth a read. Whoever won this book is going to have a welcome addition to their library.
    Looking at the cover I think it a pity (just a slight niggle, not very important, the content is the most important after all) the cats portrayed are obviously NOT Maine Coon – but… as I say, minor point and most certainly wouldn’t detract from the story inside.

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  3. Kyle S.
    February 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm (7 years ago)

    I am an avid reader, and a lover of cats. My boy Smokey is my best friend. I’ve enjoyed all cat-related literature that I’ve tried so far, and would love to add this to my collection! From your review, it looks like one that I would really like! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Cheryl Roark
    February 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm (7 years ago)

    I shared on FB,Twitter and Google +

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  5. Cheryl Roark
    February 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm (7 years ago)

    I <3 reading and kitties

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  6. Gail W.
    February 22, 2014 at 11:20 am (7 years ago)

    I hadn’t heard to these books but they sound lovely. Thank you for the chance to win!

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    • Margaret
      February 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm (7 years ago)

      You are in for a lovely treat then – superb they are and well worth the read.
      I hope you win (or won) –

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  7. Andrea
    February 22, 2014 at 2:50 am (7 years ago)

    I hadn’t heard of this book or its predecessor so thanks for writing about them here. And thanks for the chance to win one.

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  8. Lisa Barrett
    February 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm (7 years ago)

    I love books and I love cats. Therefore, I would love a book about cats! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  9. Nancy Blue Moon
    February 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm (7 years ago)

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  10. Nancy Blue Moon
    February 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm (7 years ago)

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  11. Nancy Blue Moon
    February 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm (7 years ago)

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  12. Nancy Blue Moon
    February 21, 2014 at 8:46 pm (7 years ago)

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  13. Nancy Blue Moon
    February 21, 2014 at 8:44 pm (7 years ago)

    Long cold winters mean I need lots of books to read..this sounds like a winner!

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  14. Sue Brandes
    February 21, 2014 at 8:44 pm (7 years ago)

    Tweeted on Twitter.

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  15. Sue Brandes
    February 21, 2014 at 8:43 pm (7 years ago)

    I shared on Facebook.

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  16. Sue Brandes
    February 21, 2014 at 8:42 pm (7 years ago)

    Beautiful book cover. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  17. Michelle
    February 21, 2014 at 7:43 pm (7 years ago)

    I love to read anything, especially about cats.

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  18. Sylvia Percy
    February 21, 2014 at 6:27 pm (7 years ago)

    I shared on google.

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  19. Sylvia Percy
    February 21, 2014 at 6:27 pm (7 years ago)

    I shared on Twitter.

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  20. Sylvia Percy
    February 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm (7 years ago)

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  21. Sylvia Percy
    February 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm (7 years ago)

    Yes, I would love to win a copy of the book, “Paw Prints at Owl Cottage.”

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  22. Betty Wells
    February 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm (7 years ago)

    I love reading (especially about cats) and this book looks like a very heart warming story.

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  23. Rayna Haque
    February 21, 2014 at 11:33 am (7 years ago)

    I love cats and promoting reading and would love to read this book, it looks great.

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  24. Rayna Haque
    February 21, 2014 at 11:32 am (7 years ago)

    I love cats and promoting reading and would love to read this! <3

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  25. katie mitchell
    February 21, 2014 at 11:30 am (7 years ago)

    I love reading books about cats

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  26. Candace
    February 21, 2014 at 11:13 am (7 years ago)

    Would love reading this!

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  27. Karen Waldron
    February 21, 2014 at 11:04 am (7 years ago)

    Reading cat stories bring me joy. I enjoy the escape
    From the every day stress, cuddling up with a nice cat
    Story right before bed.

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  28. Lexie
    February 21, 2014 at 9:50 am (7 years ago)

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  29. Lexie
    February 21, 2014 at 9:50 am (7 years ago)

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  30. Lexie
    February 21, 2014 at 9:49 am (7 years ago)

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  31. Lexie
    February 21, 2014 at 9:47 am (7 years ago)

    I want to read this because I have loved cats all my life and I love reading stories of how they change people’s lives and make a difference in the well being of their owners. I shared on FB.

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  32. Ardie Jenkins
    February 21, 2014 at 9:33 am (7 years ago)

    I am an avid reader and this sounds like a fun read. I live in the woods with five cats. It would be intersting to read another’s experience in a rural setting.

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  33. Janine Rowe
    February 21, 2014 at 8:16 am (7 years ago)

    I shared on Pinterest

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  34. Janine Rowe
    February 21, 2014 at 8:16 am (7 years ago)

    I shared on Twitter

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  35. Janine Rowe
    February 21, 2014 at 8:15 am (7 years ago)

    I shared on Facebook

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  36. Janine Rowe
    February 21, 2014 at 8:13 am (7 years ago)

    This sounds like a really cute book and I am in love with the cover.

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  37. Karen and Gerard
    February 21, 2014 at 6:45 am (7 years ago)

    I wouldn’t mind winning this one to read. Thanks!

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  38. Cynthia Began
    February 21, 2014 at 6:21 am (7 years ago)

    Liked and shared on Facebook.

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  39. Cynthia Began
    February 21, 2014 at 6:20 am (7 years ago)

    On Twitter

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  40. Cynthia Began
    February 21, 2014 at 6:19 am (7 years ago)

    When I’m having a down day, there is nothing like coming home to my cat and snuggling down with her and a good book. Makes the cares of the day go away.

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