Sneak Peek: Cleo, The Cat Who Mended a Family

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I love cats! I have my late cat, Amberley, on my photo image. So, when Kensington Books sent me Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family by Helen Brown, I knew I'd dive in.


“We’re just going to look.” Helen Brown had no intention of adopting a pet when she brought her sons, Sam and Rob, to visit a friend’s new kittens. But the runt of the litter was irresistible, with her overlarge ears and dainty chin.

When Cleo was delivered weeks later, she had no way of knowing that her new family had just been hit by a tragedy. Sam had been killed, run over by a bus. Helen was sure she couldn’t keep the kitten—until she saw something she thought had vanished from the earth forever: her son Rob's smile. The reckless, rambunctious kitten stayed.

Through happiness and heartbreak, changes and new beginnings, Cleo turned out to be the unlikely glue that affectionately held Helen’s family together.

Rich in wisdom, wit, heart, and healing, here is the story of a cat with an extraordinary gift for knowing just where she was needed most.

Praise for Cleo

A remarkable memoir…I realized that Helen Brown didn’t break my heart at all—she opened it.”Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

An absolute must.” —Cat World

The next Marley & Me. Even non cat-lovers will be moved.”Good Housekeeping

First Paragraph

"We're not getting a kitten,' I said, negotiating our station wagon around a bend the shape of a pretzel. "We're just going to look at them."

Author Helen Brown was born and brought up in New Zealand, where she first worked as a journalist, TV presenter, and scriptwriter. Now living in Melbourne, Australia, with her family, Helen continues to write columns for the New Zealand media, and she’s been voted Columnist of the Year several times. Cleo rose to the top of the bestseller list in its first weeks in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia and has been translated into more than eight languages.

Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family by Helen Brown (trade paperback release, September 2010)

I think Cleo will have some sad parts but the title suggests a happy resolution. Great conversation starters for reading group discussion. "We're not getting a kitten." -- famous last words!

Do you only read books that have a happy ending? Do you have a pet? Was it a suprise that you kept your pet?

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