Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kit Kat and Lucy: The Country Cats Who Changed a City Girl's World

Kit Kat and Lucy: The Country Cats Who Changed a City Girl's World 

Paperback, ebook, audio, audio CD

September 6, 2016

by Lonnie Hull DuPont

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Revell 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727321

"Genuinely moving, poignant, hilarious (cue a mouse dropping from the ceiling), and ultimately compelling as Lonnie Hull DuPont experiences the sustaining power of love in furry form."--Susy Flory, author or coauthor of eleven books, including Thunder Dog, a New York Times bestseller

After years of vibrant city life in San Francisco, Lonnie Hull DuPont reluctantly trades her three-room apartment on Telegraph Hill for a farmhouse in Michigan. She immediately misses the rhythm and the pace of the city, and the isolation of country living has her longing for something more.

Enter Kit Kat, an obsessive-compulsive tortoiseshell, and Lucy, a playful Russian Blue who can nail a bat right out of the air. These stray cats arrive a year apart and each ask to move into the farmhouse--and ultimately DuPont's heart. From the hysterical process of getting two strange cats to like each other to the exciting years of watching those cats thrive--and inspire DuPont in the process--this book is the heartwarming story of how one woman's world would never be the same.

"An engaging story of an accidental cat owner. Been there. The prose was so funny, touching, and vivid, I felt like part of the family."--Dusty Rainbolt, former president of the Cat Writers Association and author of Cat Scene Investigator: Solve Your Cat's Litter Box Mystery

"My favorite glimpses of the holy come by way of thoughtful observance of the quotidian, honest sharing of a life, and simple, pure sentences--glimpses that come on little cat's feet, one might say. This delightful book is full of just those things."--Robert Benson, author of Between the Dreaming and the Coming True and Punching Holes in the Dark 

"I couldn't stop reading and, by the end, felt like I had a new best friend."--Susan Logan-McCracken, former editor of Cat Fancy magazine

My thoughts: (Reviewed by Jenna) First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, KIT KAT AND LUCY is a really really fun story that I totally loved. It made me laugh, and it made me cry.  As I read this story, I shared parts of it out loud with my family. My dad loved what I read so much he asked to read the book next. 

Memoirs aren't exactly my genre of choice, but I loved this author's voice and getting to know more about her adjustment from city girl to country girl and about the cats that she loved.  It gives me hope that the stray cat that adopted our family might someday move into our house and our hearts instead of being content to stay outside (or  maybe it just relishes it's freedom). 

Animals are truly a gift from God and they shower us humans with love. We've always had a pet, usually dogs, but are adopted by a cat or two or stay for a time then move on.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves animals (especially cats!), memoirs, and country life. It is hilarious! 5 stars! 

Lonnie Hull DuPont is an award-winning poet, book editor, and writer. She is the author of several books, including five compilations of animal stories under the pseudonym of Callie Smith Grant. A member of the Cat Writers Association, she lives in rural Michigan with her husband and their cats.


Sarah said...

I've heard about this book. Sounds great! Thanks for the review!

Marilyn R. said...

Sounds like a great book to read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Stories with cats are always fun stories to read.