Book Review #42: The Calico Cat by Amanda James



Title: The Calico Cat

Author: Amanda James

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Self Discovery, Coming of Age

Format: Ebook

Date of Publication: June 3rd 2018

Publisher: Bombshell Books

ISBN13: 9781912604371



At thirteen, Lottie discovers a huge secret which her parents have kept from her, the impact of which proves to be life changing.Because of the way Lottie’s mother handles the consequent fall-out, the two become distant. Lottie’s rejected by her mother and deemed troublesome, rude and wilful. Ever since then, Lottie has struggled with fitting in and actively tries to be different from others.

As an adult Lottie decides to quit her teaching job and follow her dreams to become an artist. But will she succeed and can she put her troubled past behind her?

As Lottie embarks on a journey of self-discovery she will come to examine the importance of life, love and friendship.


Let me just go straight to the point. The Calico Cat is one the most delightful and amazing books I have read in a long time! I picked up this book as I needed a break from my usual Crime Fiction reads. I have been so deep in death and gloom that I was starting to feel uncomfortable, and let me tell you don’t want that to happen to you. So, for a change, I thought of switching genres. And I’m glad I did. The moment I completed chapter one, I knew I was in for an amazing journey and that this book would be a five star read. I found a kindred spirit in Charlotte, or Lottie as she prefers to be called. Being a creative person myself, I could feel what Lottie was going through. I could relate to Lottie’s idea of being different and unique, that is what I strive to do too. I could also see how your past can play a major role in shaping your present and your future. Throughout the read, I had a smile on my face. There were moments of roaring laughter, cringing conversations and hurtful recollections, but overall this book made me feel SO GOOD!  The supporting cast, oh god, is one of the perfect ensemble I have read in recent time! Can’t talk about them much because it might be spoilery but you should definitely read this book and meet them. Some of them might become your friends.
The Calico Cat is the most refreshing, charming, delightful, pleasing and healing book I have ever read. Oh! I just realised that Lottie doesn’t like the word ‘heal’. Sorry Lottie!


Final Verdict:
The Calico Cat by Amanda James gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.


Thank you to Bombshell Books for providing me with the e-book through NetGalley.

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