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Two people are about to discover that when it comes to finding love, sometimes Christmas magic isnt enough…sometimes it takes a pesky orange cat named Ambrose.

When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea to the universe.  Hell do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him—and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.

The stranger turns out to be a firefighter named Zach, whos in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, its bound to earn him a healthy ninth life.  Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever thought.  Merriliee is way too shy to make the first move on a ladies man like Zach, and Zach thinks hes all wrong for a nice girl like Merrilee.  Now its going to take all of Ambroses feline wiles—and maybe even a good old fashioned Christmas miracle—to make them both realize that what theyre looking for is right in front of their eyes.

Review:

"Roberts, renowned for her stocking-stuffer tales (The Snow Globe), doesn't disappoint with this charming story of Ambrose, a matchmaking cat. After firefighter Zach Stone saves Ambrose from a vicious dog, the cat tries to repay him by moving (uninvited) into his house and fixing his lonely bachelor life. While Zach is buying cat food, he meets Merilee White, a winsome pet store clerk with a fondness for stray cats and big strong men who take them in. Her competition is Zach's no-strings-attached lover, Blair, a haughty cat-hater who insists Zach evict the cat before Christmas. Roberts manages to make this one-dimensional story pop with witty characterizations, slapstick mishaps, and plenty of holiday cheer." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Bestselling author Sheila Roberts brings us a humorous, heartwarming Christmas novel about a matchmaking cat who brings a couple together just in time for the holidays.

When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea.  Hell do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him, and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.

The stranger turns out to be a fire fighter named Zach, the quintessential commitment- phobe whos in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, its bound to earn him a healthy ninth life.  Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever anticipated.  Now its going to take all his feline wiles—and a healthy dose of Christmas magic—to bring them all together in time for the holidays.

About the Author

SHEILA ROBERTS lives in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of six previous novels for St. Martin's Press, including ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS, which was recently the subject of a Lifetime Original movie.

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Michelle @ The True Book Addict, December 9, 2011 (view all comments by Michelle @ The True Book Addict)
Give me a book with a cat and Christmas in it and it's a surefire bet that I'm going to like it. The Nine Lives of Christmas is a lovely Christmas tale told partially from a cat's point of view. The cat is named Ambrose and he is a yellow tabby who is on his last life. Ambrose is so engaging. Sheila really captured what most of us cat lovers know about cats...little lovers with attitude. I enjoyed the parts featuring Ambrose best, with his inner monologue all focused on how he is going to achieve a long and comfortable ninth life. Of course, some matchmaking is in order. It wouldn't be a Christmas story unless there was a little romance thrown in.

I was afraid at first that this book might end up very sad. It seems that a lot of the stories featuring animals often do. Luckily, this book filled the bill of a fun and heartwarming Christmas tail (tale...sorry, had to use Sheila's witticism) that just adds to the fun and magic of the season. Thank goodness Nicholas Sparks doesn't write Christmas books.

If you love Christmas themed books, you will really enjoy this book. I know it has become part of my permanent Christmas book collection and, I'm sure, will get a reread in Christmases to come!
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Virginia Campbell, November 13, 2011 (view all comments by Virginia Campbell)
"The Nine Lives of Christmas" is a perfect little holiday present for lovers of poignant and funny romance, ornery and endearing pets, and finding the spirit of the season in unexpected places. Author Sheila Roberts gifts her readers with a terrific, touching tale of a tabby cat named Ambrose down to his ninth, and last, chance of finding a happy home for keeps. About to go down for the final count in the jaws and paws of a determined dog, Ambrose makes a last plea for mercy to the powers above--he'll be a good cat, do good deeds, if only he doesn't meet his demise by dog. Ambrose is granted a reprieve when he his saved by fireman Zach Stone, whom Ambrose targets as his pet project. Zach is a guy's guy who doesn't want to be committed to anyone or anything. He has a relationship with Blair, a spoiled and pampered businessman's daughter and divorcee who seems to just be looking for fun. In his spare time from his duties at the firehouse, Zach remodels and resells homes. He thinks he has things all figured out, including keeping his distance from his family. He has never really forgiven his mother for divorcing his father, especially as his father can't forget Zach's mother. His dad uses alcohol to blur his reality, and Zach is carrying a lot of personal issues and bitterness of his own. When Ambrose makes it clear that Zach is "his human", Zach seeks cat food and supplies and helpful advice from the pet supercenter owned by Blair's father. At the store, his interest is captured and held by Merilee White, a clerk who loves cats and thinks Zach is the cat's meow. Merilee is sweet, sincere, and sympathetic, and Zach hears warning bells all around. She makes him thinks of things like a real home, a loving family of his own, and commitment--all of the things which scare him the most! Thanks to the plotting and planning of a certain formidable feline, Zach and Merilee's lives become entwined and entangled in ways they never thought possible. Both of them must take a leap of faith and reach for their chance at real happiness. Sheila Roberts writes wonderful characters, and this story is filled with humor, heartbreak and healing. There are fabulous insights into human and animal behavior, and they all presented in a most entertaining way. Sometimes letting go of what you thought was your only reality is the greatest gift that you can give yourself. There comes a time when we all have to open our eyes, move on, and live our lives to the fullest. All nine lives, that is!

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Dollycas, October 28, 2011 (view all comments by Dollycas)
This story features Ambrose, the matchmaking cat, who finds himself facing his ninth life, you know the final one. He will do anything ��" ANYTHING ��" to be able to live it out happily.

When it looks like his fate has been sealed by an enormous dog, he pleads for help. His savior arrives in the form of a big, strong, firefighter named Zach. A firefighter who is very surprised that his good deed not only included scaring away the dog but giving Ambrose a new home.

Ambrose soon sees Zach needs help in the romance department. He also knows it is not going to be an easy endeavor to bring the perfect match together. With a bit of holiday magic he may be able to do it and even find a little feline romance for himself.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This is such a cute little story. The perfect pick me up to get your holiday planning and shopping off on the right foot. You may even want to pick up some extra copies to give as gifts.

A light holiday romance with the predictable happy ending told from the cat’s point of view. It makes for a Very Meowy Christmas.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from St. Martin's Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312594497
Author:
Roberts, Sheila
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Author:
McInerney, Kathleen
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Holidays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 CDs, 6 hours
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.125 x 5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Roberts, renowned for her stocking-stuffer tales (The Snow Globe), doesn't disappoint with this charming story of Ambrose, a matchmaking cat. After firefighter Zach Stone saves Ambrose from a vicious dog, the cat tries to repay him by moving (uninvited) into his house and fixing his lonely bachelor life. While Zach is buying cat food, he meets Merilee White, a winsome pet store clerk with a fondness for stray cats and big strong men who take them in. Her competition is Zach's no-strings-attached lover, Blair, a haughty cat-hater who insists Zach evict the cat before Christmas. Roberts manages to make this one-dimensional story pop with witty characterizations, slapstick mishaps, and plenty of holiday cheer." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Bestselling author Sheila Roberts brings us a humorous, heartwarming Christmas novel about a matchmaking cat who brings a couple together just in time for the holidays.

When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea.  Hell do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him, and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.

The stranger turns out to be a fire fighter named Zach, the quintessential commitment- phobe whos in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, its bound to earn him a healthy ninth life.  Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever anticipated.  Now its going to take all his feline wiles—and a healthy dose of Christmas magic—to bring them all together in time for the holidays.

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