Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

Bestselling author Sheila Roberts brings us a humorous, heartwarming Christmas novel about a matchmaking cat who brings a couple together just in time for the holidays.

When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea. He’ll do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him, and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.

The stranger turns out to be a fire fighter named Zach, the quintessential commitment- phobe who’s in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, it’s bound to earn him a healthy ninth life. Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever anticipated. Now it’s going to take all his feline wiles—and a healthy dose of Christmas magic—to bring them all together in time for the holidays.

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Writing since 1989, Sheila Roberts has had 26 books published, both fiction and nonfiction, under different names. Her books have been chosen for book clubs, Readers Digest Condensed books, and her popular novel ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a movie and appeared on the Lifetime Movie Network. Her novel ANGEL LANE was named one of Amazon’s Top Ten Romances for 2009.

However, before she settled into her writing career, she did lots of other things, including owning a singing telegram company and playing in a band. Writing and helping others to find ways to better themselves are her greatest passions and her popular newsletter SUPER YOU, is dedicated to helping women improve their lives.

When she’s not making public appearances or playing with her friends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate. Drop in for a visit at her website: http://www.sheilasplace.com

Her latest book is the women’s fiction novel, The Nine Lives of Christmas (St. Martin’s Press).

Sheila Roberts lives in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children.

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If there is one book I was disappointed in I'd have to say it was this one.  I have seen Sheila Roberts books all over the place and have thought of checking some out at my local library.  When she became available for review through Pump Up your Book tours I jumped on it.  I love reading cozy Christmas reads and thought that this one looked like just the thing only to be very let down.  It has potential if you like to read curse words (see my language post here) and a book that has sexual innuendos and thematic elements.  If books were rated as movies I'd say this one would probably get a PG-13 rating.  My teen daughter wanted to read it, like me the cover stole her heart, but I told her no and of course told her why and she was fine with that.  Yes, we both were very let down on this book I'm sorry to have to write a bad review, but that is my honest opinion about this book. However, those that don't have quite the conservative stand as I will probably totally enjoy Sheila Robert's Ambrose, the cat, and his Christmas novel.  It may just steal your heart and become a traditional book read for your holiday enjoyment each year. 

A copy of this book was provided for  this review by Pump up your Book tours


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