Paw_Prints_at_Owl_Cottage_review

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.

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