The Bachelor’s Cat

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The Bachelor’s Cat

L. F. Hoffman
HarperCollins, 1997

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.

MAIN CHARACTERS:
• 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.

jack 071115aaReviewer: Jack

Lynn Hoffman L. F. Hoffman

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