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Cat Lady: The hot, must-read Richard & Judy Book Club novel for summer 2023 from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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Although I was intrigued to see where the novel was going to end up, I found that the humour felt a bit forced and sometimes missed the mark for me personally. I did give Dawn the benefit of the doubt as I know she lives in the US and I wasn’t sure if Mother’s Day could be on a weekday over there – but having checked, seemingly not. Biography: DAWN O'PORTER lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, her two boys Art and Valentine, cats Myrtle and Boo. There were so many instances when reading when I was simply teetering between cringe, disbelief, and also shock at the standard of publishing. There are few remotely likeable characters in the whole thing - her colleague Fliss, her put-upon sister Liz, and the members of her poor maligned support group.

Its about time we had a heroine who isn't obsessed with babies (or dogs) but cares about her career and her cat.I've read reviews that said people laughed out loud at this - I was the opposite, I cried several times and found the whole story really sad. Mia is the dedicated step-mum and loyal wife, but most definitely devoted above all to Pigeon, her cat. I really didn’t want to cry at this book and I tried so hard not to but it just couldn’t be helped, I finally caved and found myself full of tears. She has met a new group of friends at a pet bereavement group, and is slowly finding peace in the world. If you are looking for an easy but thought provoking read with great characters and brilliant insight into the human connection, then this is the book for you.

Mia has been living in terms of what society expects from her, rather than what she wants in fear of judgement. Sometimes she has a bit more than 'it all' - there's her husband's ex-wife who spends way too much time at their house and has way more opinions about everything Mia's doing wrong than could really be considered appropriate. It made me upset to read how a lot of the people in the pet bereavement group had came across people who just did not understand what it means to lose a pet.

She has made thirteen documentaries about all sorts of things, including polygamy, childbirth, geishas, body image, breast cancer and even the movie DIRTY DANCING. Somehow DO'P has missed that mothers day is always a Sunday and has her characters going to work that day which doesn't make any sense. I am not an expert in anything, but just a person with access to the internet who is trying to learn and make sense of the world! Mia, is a wonderful main character, she made me laugh (quite a lot), she's relatable, and her story broke my heart.

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