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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Calico Cat by Amanda James (@akjames61) @bombshellpub

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Third and final blog tour post of the day is for Amanda James and ‘The Calico Cat’. Big thanks to Bombshell Books for the blog blitz invite, as well as the ARC. Here is my review:

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At thirteen, Lottie discovers a huge secret which her parents have kept from her, the impact of which proves to be life changing. 

Because of the way Lottie’s mother handles the consequent fall-out, the two become distant. Lottie’s rejected by her mother and deemed troublesome, rude and wilful. Ever since then, Lottie has struggled with fitting in and actively tries to be different from others. 
As an adult Lottie decides to quit her teaching job and follow her dreams to become an artist. But will she succeed and can she put her troubled past behind her?  
As Lottie embarks on a journey of self-discovery she will come to examine the importance of life, love and friendship.

What does TWG think?

As I am not really a cat person (I find them cute to look at, but the fact that I sneeze like a banshee when around one for a bit, kinda puts me off!), I had absolutely no idea what a ‘calico cat’ was. Well, I thought it was either a cat breed, or a cat made of cotton, but then I thought I sounded daft and rebuked any ideas I had. So, with that in mind, this book intrigued me because of the cat and the tagline at the top; ‘Can you ever break free from the past?’.

What a good question, can you? Unfortunately for Lottie, she had to find out the answer to that question the hard way thanks to her parents. Due to the lightening bolt which severed hers and her parents relationship, Lottie had to stand on her own two feet and become, what some people might say, ‘hard nosed’. I found myself relating to Lottie in terms of her hard exterior and the way she displays herself to other people. Whilst I am sure that a lot of people may find her far too blunt, I couldn’t help but nod along as I am very similar to the character in that sense. Yes, I say the things that people think, and yes, my brain doesn’t connect to my mouth before my mouth opens – just like Lottie.

I did feel that the way Lottie projected herself was due to her past as it was probably a way of protecting her emotions from any further breakages. You can’t really blame her though, can you?

I really didn’t know what to expect from ‘The Calico Cat’, yet it ended up giving me something I still can’t put my finger on. I know that doesn’t really make sense but, due to the fact that the entire storyline is relatable and magnetic, I felt as though the author was telling my soul a story rather than my brain.

Amanda James seems to have become a voice for those without the confidence to use their own voices, by showing that it’s okay to go through difficult times, and that it’s okay to not be okay – if you’re being true to yourself, what does it matter in the grand scheme of things?

‘The Calico Cat’ hit home and for those who know me personally, I am sure that they can understand why it did. I never expected a cat to be at the forefront of a novel where self discovery is concerned, but I am certainly not complaining.

A beautifully written, enchanting, and captivating novel which will highlight the importance of looking after number one (and no, I don’t mean the cat).

Buy now!

About the author.

Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

Amanda’s blog –

Twitter – @akjames61

Facebook mandy.james.33

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