“Buy this book as a holiday present for your dog-loving friend who raved about Marley and Me. That person probably said only a dog could be the center of attention in a book that was so loved by so many. Now you can prove that a special cat can make it as the next animal book star. This wonderful and touching story of a family's good and bad times comes from the other side of the world but is just as real as if it was set in a house next door.”
— Catherine Carpenter, Cate's Books and Stuff, Louisiana, MO
"We're just going to look." Helen Brown had no intention of adopting a pet when she brought her sons, Sam and Rob, to visit a friend's new kittens. But the runt of the litter was irresistible, with her overlarge ears and dainty chin. When Cleo was delivered weeks later, she had no way of knowing that her new family had just been hit by a tragedy. Helen was sure she couldn't keep her--until she saw something she thought had vanished from the earth forever: her son's smile. The reckless, rambunctious kitten stayed. Through happiness and heartbreak, changes and new beginnings, Cleo turned out to be the unlikely glue that affectionately held Helen's family together. Rich in wisdom, wit, heart, and healing, here is the story of a cat with an extraordinary gift for knowing just where she was needed most. "A remarkable memoir. . .I realized that Helen Brown didn't break my heart at all--she opened it." --Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt "An absolute must." --Cat World "The next Marley &Me. Even non cat-lovers will be moved." --Good Housekeeping
About the Author
Helen Brown was born and brought up in New Zealand, where she first worked as a journalist, TV presenter, and scriptwriter. A multi-award-winning columnist, Helen now lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her family and feline, the internationally beloved Jonah. Her memoir Cleo rose to the top of the bestseller lists in its first weeks in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, France, and Australia, and has been translated into more than sixteen languages. Cats & Daughters further increased her audience with publications in six countries.Tumbledown Manor, her first novel, again shows her storytelling talents. You can visit Helen Brown at www.helenbrown.com and follow her on Facebook.