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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Two Roads (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144473668X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444736687
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.1 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 779,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is a moving account of family life going off the rails, but saved by love and the realisation that by allowing cats and daughters to roam, they'll come home in the end.' (Four Stars) (The Lady)

'If you're one of the 500,000 who bought Cleo and loved it, you'll be happy to hear her sequel is equally heart-warming and engaging . . . If you've ever felt like your life is sometimes stranger than fiction then you'll readily identify with the latest update on Helen's life. It's a great reminder of why, even when life is dishing you up a big plate of craziness, there are still blessings to be gained.' (Australian Women's Weekly)

'charming, funny and heartfelt . . . I carried it everywhere I went in the two days it took me to read it' (Booksellers NZ)

'I could not put it down. Very well written, it captured both my heart and my imagination.' (The Weekly Review)

'A delightful book.' (Rotorua Post)

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The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the bestseller Cleo, Helen Brown's frank and often funny account of a power struggle between a mother, her daughter and the insane family cat.

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Format: Hardcover
I've awaited this book for a while now - the sequel to the heart-warming true story of the little black cat called Cleo who helped Helen and her family through the tragic accident that stole Helen's young son Sam from them when she was just 28 years old, and how Cleo bought laughter back into their family.

This continues on Helen's story after the sad death of 24-year-old Cleo. It tells of Helen's determination that no other feline will grace their new home (Where have I heard that before?) . However when she battles cancer and particularly as she recovers from her mastectomy, her visiting sister spots an adorable kitten in a pet shop window (`Who in their right mind buys a kitten from a pet shop?'). Well, when Helen sees this particular Tonkinese kitten she is spell bound and thinking up a name for him before the tills ring out her ownership. This is the scene setting for the rest of Helen's story involving a family wedding, the birth of her first grandchild, her daughters conversion to Buddhism and of course Jonah's initiation into her family. Helen also visits Sri Lanka to visit her daughter and is mesmerised but this island that began its life as an island called Serendipity. It's a lovely story about family life, love and acceptance.
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Cats And Daughters by Helen Brown continues Helen's story from where her book Cleo left off. However I had not read her first book but it didn't matter as any info I needed was provided. I now intend to read Cleo as I loved Helen Brown's style of writing.
I was attracted to the book by the cover and thought I would be reading about a small kitten. The book is about so much more. It is about Helen's life after Cleo (her first cat). Jonah, her second cat, only makes an appearance after about a hundred pages.
Helen Brown has not had an easy life, far from it. She has faced much heartache. She has found that cats can help you heal. Cats can be very therapeutic. They are intuitive, sensing a need and responding. "Cleo had taught Rob (Helen's son) to trust life again." Cleo had left a hole in the family's life but "as I wrote about her, Cleo seemed more alive than ever."
Helen faces breast cancer. She realises that "the only thing that really matters is love and kindness." Life can be hard enough without people causing more hardship. We need to go through life helping people, sensing their needs and loving them.
Whilst facing this cancer struggle, Helen's older daughter was exploring Buddhism. Helen shares her fears about potentially losing her daughter to a monastery. Helen shows that one of the hardest things about being a parent is having to let go and let your children be who they want to be. "Daughters, like cats, are only ever on loan."
Helen Brown writes Cats And Daughters with very raw honesty. She shares her fears as she faces her own mortality. "Does a brush with death mean you're going to stop living?" She shares her pain after surgery. She shares her love for her family and her cat.
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Loved this book.
Helen's style of writing just draws the reader in,being a Mother of two daughters I could relate to her story.
Her sense of humour throughout her book is amazing,I laughed out loud.
This is a really uplifting book.
Thankyou Helen for sharing such a personal account of your life and of course Lydia,not forgetting the rest of the family.
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When I finished Helen Brown's first book entitled Cleo - I simply had to see if she had written anything else. I was delighted when I found she had written a sequel. She is a superb writer - she tells a great story with wit, passion and emotion. (I was a little confused as there are two books after Cleo - apparently 'After Cleo came Jonah' is the exact same book as this one - just published in a different country.) This is one of the best written books I've read (and I've read a lot!).
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A lovely, moving book and can definitely recommend for cat lovers (and general animal lovers!). I would happily have paid full price for this but, of course, on here you can buy used copies very cheaply and mine is used but is in great condition so I'm very happy with it! Definitely can recommend this!
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What an incredible writer Helen Brown is , I was kept spellbound by this book as I had with her first book Cleo! Not only was the book about her new cat Jonah it continues to tell the story of Helen's breast cancer journey ! Helen's daughter Lydia's adventures in Sri Lanka as a pre- Buddhist nun! Amazing & very humbling! A must read !

Mrs J Adams
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Helen writes in a very absorbing way, a real page turner just like Cleo. Would have liked more detail about little Jonah and slightly less about her elder daughter though. Or a different, more appropriate title maybe. Very enjoyable book, anyway.
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This story explores a woman's journey with breast cancer, and her complicated relationship with her daughter who wants to become a Buddhist nun. It is a story about healing, acceptance and letting go. I couldn't put it down - reading "Cats and Daughters" became my full-time job over the course of one weekend. It was fabulous!
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