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love alba book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

The private life of cats…who knew? Well, I suppose anyone who’s ever been a companion to a cat would have some idea, at least. But I suspect that just as with the 2-leggeds, some cats are more out-going than others.

Alba is an extrovert, if ever there was one! Happy to be with others of her own kind, or the 2-leggeds who are friends with her own such person, Lorna. There’s Nikki, the art conservator, and Puma, a big tawny male, and David, an attorney, who shares his home with Goliath, also large, but black male. Lorna seems to do something that involves her computer, whether at home or the office. Lorna and David live in a duplex, but not together, although they both apparently work in Washington, D. C. Nikki has her own home in Virginia,  which is big enough for her workshop.

Alba is the voluble narrator. She happily relays the events of which she is either observer or participant, but also, as with most cats, she has a mental connection to special friends, such as either Puma or Goliath. If they’re tuned in to her channel, she can then find out what’s happening with or to them, and thus, she keeps us all up to date on the happenings in the feline world.

The problem is that while there are two female and two male humans, both females want the same male. And that doesn’t work all that well, at least not in the human world! Lorna rather likes David a lot. Unfortunately, so does Nikki, now, having just been sort of swindled out of Jerome, her previous guy, by a nasty human female named Penelope. And then, the catastrophe of all catastrophes lands on Nikki, who finds herself in a Federal prison for being in possession of a very valuable stolen painting.

Or at least that’s what the Feds say. Apparently, they don’t listen to anyone but themselves. It takes a great amount of effort by cats and humans to solve this problem, so Nikki can get back home to her cat Puma.

And then it’s time for the cats to get together and figure out how to proceed. And of course, they do. With the tenacity and neatness associated with cats, everything is resolved nicely and tied up in a very neat package.

As Alba states ‘Humans can be exhausting.’ Indeed we can! Thank goodness, we have cats to keep us on the straight and narrow!


First and foremost, Kelly is a reader, then a writer and editor. She adores Regency-set novels, and cozy mysteries. Every now and then, however, she finds something else to enjoy if it has a great premise with characters who belong in there, and fabulous writing! She writes under her own name, as well as her pen-name, Hetty St. James.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by River Sanctuary Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.