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.

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8 Comments on Review: Love, Alba by Sophy Burnham

  1. I’ve been enjoying this story very much….until Puma’s story in chapter 8…now I’m crying and I feel heartbroken. Poor old tiger cat, I hate being reminded of all those I cannot save. Alba warns the reader to skip ahead if they don’t want to listen to this heartbreaking tale and depending on your tolorence for this kind of sadness, well, some should take her advice. I don’t regret reading Puma’s story and I will never forget the old tiger cat’s tale or how it made me cry.

    • Still I am loving the book. It’s a very powerful read that I’m enjoying very much and I hope I didn’t imply otherwise. Yes, Puma’s story of the old tiger cat was heartbreaking but no more so than some of what’s in the news everyday. I like that the author warned that it would be emotionally difficult in case the reader wants to skip that small part but if you can I hope you’ll read the old tiger’s story. For me this small section of the story is a reminder not to judge someone on one, perhaps impulsive act. We all do things we wish we could take back and we should allow everyone to make mistakes. Remembering to judge those we love on a lifetime of caring and not one hurtful action is a very important lesson.

      • Now I wish I had put a warning about this section into my review, Dorothy – I had the same reaction you did, but it also didn’t ruin the enjoyment of the book for me. I also agree with you that, hard as that part was to read, it was a poignant reminder to not judge others on one single act.

  2. I read a lot of romance books and have found cats in the books are rare. There are all sorts of dogs written into the stories, but not enough cats. I will definitely check out this book.

  3. I will definatly check out ‘Love,Alba’. I love the idea of characters of my own age being the focus of a book.

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