Cats and Daughters: they don't always come when called Hardcover – 12 Apr 2012
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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)
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Mrs J Adams
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I enjoyed very much reading after Cleo,came Jonah but i thought it was a little bit long story concentrated on her family rather than to Jonah's life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mikiko yasuda
A lovey story but try to read Cleo first as there are references. I think it is well and warmly written.Published 4 months ago by Miss T Simkins
A very good story. I loved both her books, and learned a lot about animals and people. With many thanks.Published 11 months ago by Mrs. A.S. Bux
This follows on from Helen's first book, 'Cleo' that I fell in love with. It continues the story of Helen's life with her family and adapting to life after Cleo, unexpectedly... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Shellymaria1