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Product Details

  • Series: The Cat Rising Series (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Bywater Books (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932859624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932859621
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,535,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"There is...a sincerity to Chadwick's narraitve, and Cat's voice, that carries the the reader along." ---Lambda Book Report --Lambda Book Report

"Torn between familial ties and personal dreams and desires, the complex, passionate characters created by Ms. Chadwick help make for a compassionate and compelling read." EXP Magazine --EXP Magazine

From the Author

Dear Readers,

I have so enjoyed bringing my stories to the page, and now with Kindle and ebooks, I am excited to have the opportunity to reach a wider audience. In addition to my novels, Napping Porch Press is now publishing a series of my "Shorts," both fiction and non-fiction stories exclusively for Kindle. I appreciate all who seek out my stories, and I look forward to hearing how you are enjoying them.

Warmly, Cynn Chadwick

More About the Author

Cynn Chadwick was born and raised in New Jersey but has lived in the South for over twenty five years. She is the author of the newly released novella, That's Karma, Baby..., and novels: Angels & Manners, As The Table Turns, The Cat Rising Series: Cat Rising, Girls With Hammers, and Babies, Bikes, & Broads, as well as the upcoming Cutting Loose, #4 in the Cat Rising Series (2014).

In January 2011, Napping Porch Press released the ebook editions of a series of "Shorts" stories and non-fiction essays: Naomi's Jeep Cherokee, The Dead Guy, and Simple Gifts were published exclusively for Kindle.

Chadwick's novels have garnered Lambda, Stonewall, and Golden Crown Literary Award nominations. She has appeared at Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe (NC), Charis Books (GA) City Lights (CA) BEA Author's Arena (Chicago), Saints & Sinners Literary Festival (New Orleans), Human Rights Campaign Headquarters (DC), Provincetown Women's Week (MA), Galax String Festival (VA), and will be attending and presenting at the April 2013 Amelia Island Book Festival (FL).

Earning both an MA in literature and an MFA in fiction from Goddard College in Vermont, Chadwick has taught in Vermont College's ADP program, NC Maximum Security Prison for Men, Great Smoky Mountain Writer's Program, and is currently a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she teaches in the Literature and Language Department, and the creative writing and masters programs.

Cynn lives in the bowl of a spoon-shaped valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina with her mate, Elenna, their two dogs Arlo and Seamus, and a cat named Jimmy Mack.

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Even best friend Lily has become a mother.
Bett Norris
It really does offer up quite a variety of storylines in a well blended landscape of fiction.
J. Mason
Her intent is to stay only a short while, but things get very complicated very quickly.
K. Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bett Norris on January 12, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Cat Rising: The first in the Cat Rising seriesGirls With Hammers: The second in the Cat Rising series

Cat Hood is finally coming home after five years abroad in Scotland. For the fan of this excellent series, reading Babies, Bikes, and Broads also feels like coming home to a community of friends and family. Author Cynn Chadwick has created a place, the little town of Galway in the hills of North Carolina, filled with characters we've come to know and love, from the slightly mysterious Arlo, to quirky Sophia, Cat's friend and neighbor Delores, Cat's best friend Lily, brother Will.

Cat is summoned home due to a death in the family. She is settled in Scotland; she will make a quick trip, do what is necessary, and leave again. At least that's the plan. Her sister-in-law's death leaves her brother with five-year-old twins to raise alone. Cat doesn't like kids. Even best friend Lily has become a mother. Everywhere Cat turns, there are babies, it seems. Cat feels surrounded by changes she can't adjust to, or doesn't want to accept. A quick retreat seems best.

Of course, family ties have a way of entangling us even when we don't want them to. The reappearance of an old girlfriend also complicates Cat's decision. Her growing affection for the twins lends weight to the ties that bind, while those that reach across the Atlantic seem to grow slimmer each day. As usual, Cat is the last one to see her choices clearly.

Chadwick is a skilled writer. You'll find humor and love, grief, laughter, tears, old betrayals and new challenges, all handled as deftly as Cat handles her carpentry tools, as if they fit in the hand comfortably. I hope she lets us visit Galway again someday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnson VINE VOICE on September 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
After settling in and making her own life in Scotland, Cat Hood is called back home to help her recently-widowed brother and his twins get their lives back on track. Her intent is to stay only a short while, but things get very complicated very quickly.

Cat's lover in Scotland is married. She reconciles with her husband and then changes her mind. That confuses and maddens Cat.

Cat runs into Janey, an old friend whose husband has recently died and left her a lot of money. That money seems to be buying up and developing much of Cat's rural home town, but things aren't always as they appear. There is friction between the women immediately, but they need each other for practical reasons and their relationship develops.

Lily is different from when Cat left. Five years and children will change anyone. In fact, Lily and her partner Hannah help Cat work through her aversion to children even if they are her brother's children.

This is just an outstanding series. It is emotional. It is engaging. It is exceptionally well written.

Bottom Line - If you read nothing else in this genre, grab this three-part series. You'll never regret enjoying these books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HonestCelt on December 17, 2013
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Ms Chadwick has put together another wonderful book in this series. The main character in the first book comes home to turmoil in her family and in her personal life and has to work on both to that everything can be as it should be and life can get back to it's usual patterns and everyone can move on with there lives.
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