The Bachelor’s Cat
L. F. Hoffman
A bachelor struggles to make a living and struggles with his model-type girlfriend. He is not a happy man. One day he rescues a tiny kitten at his door and he slowly begins to open himself up to happiness with Frankie at his side. He still struggles with his girlfriend, even after he meets a woman with whom he falls in love. And somehow, in the end, after almost losing both Frankie and the woman, he makes the right decision that saves his life.
• The man, an artist and not happy with his life; enter …
• Frankie, a tiny gray kitten on his doorstep who teaches him about love
• The girlfriend, with whom the man has an on-again, off-again torrid relationship with
• The woman, with whom the man truly falls in love with but has trouble accepting because she is physically not the type of woman he usually dates.
Because I read this book as part of the Summer Reading Challenge (Read a Romance Book) and I don’t ever read romance novels, this book was a perfect choice. It is short, a very easy read, not overly romantic and all bedroom scenes are glossed over. The only emotion I felt was when, near the end, Frankie gets hit by a car (she survives).
Perhaps it is the story of the author’s life but I had difficulty with the author always referring to himself (?) as “the man.” But then he did the same thing to everyone in the book; and in fact, the only one who actually has a name is Frankie. Everyone else is identified by their gender and/or who they are to “the man.” It really bugged me.
So, all in all, it was a romance, I fulfilled the challenge and now I can leave that genre behind. The book will remain on my shelf for Frankie’s sake.
Rating: 2 paws out of 5 – not even the presence of a cat could rescue this book for me.
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