Book Review: A Very Meowy Christmas by Patricia Fry

Rags is at his meowy best in this touching holiday story. The Ivey family and friends share the deepest meaning of Christmas while on a mountain vacation. When ten-year-old Adam and his best buddy, Simon, inadvertently venture off on their own, there is no way their parents could know they’re on a humanitarian mission. They are lost to trained searchers and their dogs, but Rags helps lead the rescue team to the boys and a secret that stuns everyone.While the spirit of Christmas flows throughout this story, it’s the touching gift-giving ritual the families share that will seriously touch you and maybe inspire you to open your heart a little wider this holiday season. This story is packed with suspense and a lot of kitty-cat action, along with some of the most heartwarming moments you’ll experience all year.


My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is the third Klepto Cat Mystery I’ve read. I recently read A Picture-Purrfect Christmas and A Christmas to Purr About, and I planned on finishing this book before Christmas, but I got busy with relatives and presents and the making of good memories.

There’s a lot going on in A Very Meowy Christmas. I have a feeling all of the Klepto Cat Mysteries have a lot happening! A friend of Savannah’s has been getting threatening messages so, of course, Savannah feels the need to help her figure out why she’s getting them. The amazing cat Rags is the one who clues Savannah in to there being a problem when he finds a piece of trash that is really one of the notes.

Then, the Iveys and a couple who have a son the same age as their son Adam go on a camping trip. It’s right before Christmas, and they all plan on having fun with a gift exchange of nature-made presents; but will that happen after the boys go missing? It will if Rags has anything to do with the rescue.

A Very Meowy Christmas is two mysteries in one, but it is also about friendship and family. Each of these books stand on their own, but the more of them I read, the more I get to know the characters which is always a plus.

About the Author

Patricia has been writing for publication for over 40 years, having been fortunate enough to establish a career doing what she loves. Hundreds–maybe thousands–of her articles have appeared in over 500 different publications and she has published books on a variety of topics–grandparenting, local history, youth mentoring, journaling and many aspects of publishing and book promotion. After years of writing nonfiction, in 2012, she decided to branch out and try writing fiction and the Klepto Cat Mysteries were created.
The Klepto Cat Mysteries feature Rags, an ordinary cat with a most extraordinary habit–he’s a kleptomaniac. Currently, Patricia is producing anywhere from three to five books per year in both ebook format and in print. Read the Klepto Cat Mysteries and you’ll laugh, you’ll sit on the edge of your chair in suspense, and you’ll smile at the good-feeling you’re left with when you finish each book in the series. 


Christmas Poem

Momma wants a Christmas poem,
And it’s two days late.
It’s nice being back home
But I never learned date saving.
Deadlines sound morbid
And we all know life goes on.
Just as Christmas future
Becomes Christmas present
Becomes Christmas past
Moving from ghost to ghost.

I hear the Grinch
Rattling Marley’s chains
To the tune of Jingle Bells
On a snowy winter’s night.
Flakes fall gently
Under a single, cratered headlight
Santa flogs reindeer hides
Out of reflexive lunar trances.

And we all get presents
And we all see our family
And we all eat too much
Except all those that don’t.
I’m unsure how to feel
About the do’s and don’ts,
Trading holiday spirit
For holiday solitude.

There’s a mythos here,
A subjectivity,
A joy and a pain.
A deep caring,
Wounded or welcoming,
Only the kind
Christmas can bring.

by Josh Glasson aka Cynical Wordsmith

and Momma is happy

Movie Review: Christmas Jars


Based on the New York Times best- selling novel by Jason F. Wright

Hope is an aspiring reporter who has had her fair share of tragedy in life. Abandoned at birth, she’s grieving the recent death of her adopted mother when her apartment is burglarized of all her possessions. While reporting the burglary to the police, Hope discovers a jar full of money, labeled “Christmas Jar.” Shocked and grateful for this act of kindness, Hope discovers that people all over her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, have been receiving Christmas Jars for years during times of need. The jars are always anonymous and always contain different amounts. In this heartwarming Christmas classic, Hope goes undercover to discover the secret behind the Christmas jars, putting into motion a series of events that will change her life, and her community, forever.



My Review

I chose to watch this movie after receiving a free copy of the DVD. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

“Christmas Jars” is a sweet story about an aspiring reporter who receives a Christmas jar filled with money when she’s having a rough time. She figures out who is giving away the jars and endears herself to the family. She not only finds out how they started giving away the jars, but she falls in love with the family. Now she has to choose between the family and her career. Is she willing to betray this family she’s grown to love?

I enjoyed this movie. It’s a good movie to watch especially this time of year. I liked the Maxwell family (the ones who give Christmas Jars). They’re good, well-meaning, down-to-earth people.


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