Thursday, May 13, 2021

Cat Thursday: Authors and Cats (103) The Black Cat Who Only Wanted to be Loved by Rosa Silva - Review

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The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author (with a birthday during the month), pictured with their/a cat(s), or guest posts by cat loving authors who also (sometimes) write about cats.

First, I wanted to apologize for missing Cat Thursday last week. I became unwell late Wednesday night (another bout of cellulitis) and was too sick to put up my post. Thanks for understanding. ❤

I'm a fan of Rosa Silva's books. She knows cats (loves them) and has a knack for a story and humor. This book was wonderful. Everyone knows I'm the proud owner of two black cats so this one really hit home. It even had me in tears at one point. There have been many times of fear for my black cats when somehow one would get outside. Sadly, superstitions surrounding black cats are still around, even in this day and age. 

Though this is classified as a children's book (middle grade), its message is an important one for everyone, big or small. This is the type of book I enjoyed reading as a child. Books about animals on adventures like The Incredible Journey or Black Beauty. The characters are funny and endearing. Themes of friendship, acceptance, and believing in yourself are all present and are revealed seamlessly in the story. 

Balthazar the owl says, "You cannot control what others think of you. But what they think doesn't matter either. What others think says more about themselves and their prejudices than it does about you. What matters is what you think." Wise words to guide anyone.

For a first novel, this is excellent. I'm excited for the many people who will enjoy this book, young and old. Highly recommended. 

About the book
Black cats mean bad luck…
…or do they?

Abandoned by his owner on the side of a road, little Pepper must go on a journey of self-discovery. Will the little black cat embrace his own identity, or will he change the color of his fur to find a family that will love him?

You will love this touching and inspiring story about the power of friendship and the importance of acceptance and self-love.

Available on Amazon.

About the author
Rosa Silva is an author and a self-confessed book nerd with a soft spot for cats. She lives in Portugal, where she shares her home with (surprisingly) just one cat.

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  1. As the owner of a black cat *glances at Mister Eccles* to me they are amazing critters, and smart too! Eccles showed that as a kitten when he escaped nearly every means we used to contain him. Weird thing, though — he almost never meows at me, almost as though he sees me as a big, dopey cat instead of a human!

  2. Michelle,

    Thank you for such a wonderful review of my book. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed reading it! Since this is my first novel and, as you know, I'm not an English native speaker, I was feeling a bit insecure. I’m really happy the book is getting good reviews.
    I had read An Incredible Journey as a child and I reread it last it year when I was writing my book. It’s one of those books you never too old to read. I was also inspired by The Story Of A Seagull And The Cat Who Taught Her To Fly, by Luis Sepulveda. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but it’s also a beautiful book worth reading.
    I hope you are feeling better! Thanks again for helping spread the word about my book!

  3. I was never a fan of animal stories as a child (I'm still not) as I couldn't stand the thought of them being hurt. This sounds lovely though and has a wonderful message at its heart.

  4. This looks like a great story! I love me some kitties, especially black ones. Thanks for sharing this!

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