We’ve all done it—we’ll leisurely saunter past a shelter, eyes locked at the window, attempting to catch a glimpse of any fur ball inside until we finally give in and tell ourselves, “I suppose I can go in for only a second to just look, right?” It was a similar case for Helen Brown when she brought her two children to visit a friend’s kitten litter. “We’ll only look” very quickly turned into Brown adopting a tiny, black kitten with scraggly fur and one amazing personality.
Brown’s novel, Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family, is a heartwarming recollection of how this new, unplanned family member turned into the vital tool that kept Brown’s household moving forward.
As pet parents, we know that the love between a pet and its humans is unconditional. So it’s no surprise that Cleo was able to uplift her and her family during trying times. If you’re looking for a happy reminder that pets really are our family members, then Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family is the perfect read.