OLIVER THE CAT WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS by Sheila Norton / Released October 18 by Thomas Dunne Books
Oliver the cat lives in the Forester’s Arms pub in the village of Little Broomford, with his beloved human, the pub’s landlord, George. Oliver’s known to be a timid little cat who endured a traumatic start in life but feels secure and happy with George. Then his life changes dramatically when a fire breaks out in the pub, and George has to move away from the village temporarily without him. But Oliver is taken in and cared for by two kind human families, and he soon learns to trust again. At the same time, he learns that humans seem to have their own problems and worries and is determined to try to help those around him and save their Christmases from disaster.
The villagers come to love Oliver and wonder how he always seems to be in the right place at the right time to help them with their difficulties. Little do they know that, like all cats, he understands every word of their conversations. However, it isn’t until Oliver wanders a little further from home and discovers the house where a sick little girl named Caroline is in desperate need of a friend, that he makes a very brave decision. Risking the threat of meeting up with the girl’s over-protective father who doesn’t want uninvited animal visitors in the house, Olive becomes a comfort and companion to Carolina. All of his actions leading up to and including his friendship with the little girl eventually turn the village’s problems into opportunities for each person to help a neighbor. If Oliver has his way, he might just be able to save everyone’s Christmas after all.
SHEILA NORTON lives near Chelmsford in Essex with her huaband and worked for most of her life as a medical secretary before retiring early to concentrate on her writing. Sheila is the award-winning writer of numerous women’s fiction novels and over 100 short stories published in women’s magazine.