Saturday 2 March 2019

Book ~ "Alfie in the Snow" (2018) Rachel Wells

From Goodreads ~ Edgar Road is very quiet in the lead up to Christmas when suddenly a new family moves in. Can they make their house a home in time for the festive season?

At the end of Edgar Road, a man twitches his windows and refuses to be drawn into the community spirit. But is all he just looking for a bit of kindness?

As the snow starts to fall, Alfie and George have their work cut out for them to bring the street together in time for Christmas.

Alfie is a doorstep cat who has three families.  He lives with Claire and Jonathan and their children.  Polly, Matt and their children are their neighbours and Franceska and Tomasz and their children are former neighbours.  All three families are very good friends with each other, thanks to Alfie.  Alfie is the adopted "dad" to a kitten named George.

Sylvie and her teenage daughter, Connie, move in next door to Alfie and he always like to welcome new people to the neighbourhood.  He arranges for them to become friends with his families.  They have an indoor cat named Hana who is George's age and they want to become friends.  Things seem to be going well until Sylvie, recently divorced, overreacts about Connie's friendship with Alesky, one of Franceska and Tomasz's sons.

Harold is an old bitter man living down the street.  George has been trying to make friends with him but Harold's not interested ... until he has an accident and Alfie and George come to the rescue.

As the Christmas season approaches, there is a lot happiness but also sadness for Alfie and George.

This is the fifth and latest in Alfie series and I liked it (I've read them all).  Though it's part of a series, it works as a stand alone.  It is written in first person perspective in Alfie's voice.  We can see the conversations he has with other cats.  Plus he understands the conversations of humans around him (rather than "blah blah blah blah blah Alfie blah blah blah).  Though he can't talk back to them in their language, he does try to communicate in cat-talk and expressions.  As a head's up, though the story is about cats, it does have mature themes.

I look forward to reading others in this series.

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