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Cat's Cradle: A Regency Novella [Kindle Edition]

Shannon Donnelly
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Book Description

A cat and her kittens...a lonely widow and her sons...a gambler who has won a manor house.

After winning a manor house, Sir Ashten Ravenhill wants only to repair it, sell, and be on his way again. But a cat and her kittens--and the cat's owner, a lovely widow--overturn all his plans. Soon he's tangled in a cat's cradle--but will Emaline and her sons be enough to make him change his wandering ways?

Emaline Adair Pearson has seen her cousin gamble away the family manor house--and as a vicar's widow she frowns on any form of sin. When a harden gamester moves into the neighborhood, she plans to have nothing to do with him. But when her cat has her kittens in the manor house, Emaline finds herself forced into Sir Ashten's company--and she finds the man to be far more attractive and honorable than she'd anticipated. She knows he will not stay--but she finds herself wondering what she would answer if he asked her to come with him.

Product Details

  • File Size: 271 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cielito Lindo Press; 3 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S6N0AI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful Regency romp, with kittens! October 18, 2011
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On a day when I really needed a warm-hearted, cheerful break, I was delighted to find this novella by one of my favorite Regency authors. Shannon Donnelly tells the sweet story of a widow discovering real love and a rake daring to confront his demons, plus a brood of tiny kittens with the audacity to be born in his cabinet.

The fact that hardened gamester Sir Ashten Ravenhill has won the manor house and become her landlord sets up all of Emaline's defenses. She despises gambling and deeply mistrusts this man. But can anyone truly cold-hearted warm up so quickly to an adorable tumble of kittens?

I enjoyed this gem of a novella, and I hope you will too!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cat's Cradle November 28, 2011
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This novella begins with Emaline Adair Pearson going through a broken window to get inside the Adair Manor house where she used to live to find her cat who has had kittens. Emaline is a widow and now lives in the gate house with her two sons after the manor house was lost by her cousin gambling it away, and now Sir Ashten Ravenhill owns it. As Emaline calls for her cat Bea, Sir Ashten hears her and comes into the house that used to be her home. He now owns the house, having won it.

Usually I don't read romance novels or novellas, but because this one includes cats and kittens in the story, I decided to read it. The cat and her new kittens play a big part in the plot, and it's very entertaining the way the author has worked them in, especially to cat lovers like me. Emaline must return to the house day after day to care for the kittens until they are old enough for her to take back to her own home. Even Sir Ashten begins to be interested in the kittens, especially the naming of them.

Sir Ashten has made the decision to fix a few things in the house and sell it, much to Emaline's distress. She fears that her home in the gate house will be lost and she can't afford to live anywhere else. Emaline is also beginning to find Sir Ashten very attractive, and if he sells the house, then he will leave and not come back. Her two boys have a lot of fun with him, and he seems to enjoy his time with them, too. He seems attracted to Emaline, but will she want to be associated with a gambler and have her two sons around him, even if he stays?

Readers who enjoy romance novels or Regency romances should enjoy this novella.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth November 23, 2011
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I like stories involving pets that enrich our lives. Separation of course is always difficult. In this beautifully written story told with smoothness, the reader is exposed to the beauty of this man-pet relationship. It reminds me of the story entitled I Am Hated. This is a compelling read and one that takes a reader into the world of a unique people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rated PG January 12, 2012
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Cute, short, and a bit predictable. And a bit stereotypical. It is a good, cute, funny story but it isnt a great story, its just good when your a bit stressed at school or work and need an hour break.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Loved The Kittens January 7, 2012
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Sorry but that was all I loved. It had lots of potential but was one of those books that you can read the first couple chapters skip the middle read the end and bingo you missed nothing in doing so. I kept waiting for the real meat of the story to build something special. I am an animal lover so the kittens were fun so were the kids but they did take a great majority of the story and I did want a romance afterall. It was just OK IMHO I'm glad I got it free I couldn't pay anything for it and be happy about it. I did however love the cover (I own 6 orange kitties myself)it was soooo cute. Hope you enjoy this story more than I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sooo adorable! November 19, 2011
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This is a really sweet, funny, charming Regency novella by Shannon Donnelly. It is somewhat short, but still well-developed and entertaining. It is a definite must for Regency lovers and cat lovers, and it reminded me of The Primrose Path by Barbara Metzger (which I also recommend) I thought Ashten was sexy charming hero. Definitely check this out!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, even if you don't care for cats November 21, 2011
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I don't really care for cats, but I did enjoy reading this sweet love story. I was expecting this to have poor editing, while there were some errors, I was easily able to over look them. Con: ended a bit too abruptly, maybe because I was enjoying it.

This is a nice story with a tiny blush factor (kissing only). I liked that marriage before sex was talked about, and didn't sound stupid, I liked the story line too. It was too short to develop characters with a lot of depth, but there was enough to get a good feel for them. The story flowed smoothly for the most part. Overall, I'm glad I read it and recommend it to all ages looking for a sweet, short novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sweet story April 25, 2014
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No real angst. Nothing explicit. Just a simple sweet story. A quick happy romance fix. Great for when you're feeling a bit down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good novel
Published 8 months ago by KyLee
3.0 out of 5 stars also a song
haven't got around 2 reading it yet but might someday I have everything w/ or about cats on it needs a play made
Published on April 6, 2013 by Beth Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
I got this as a freebie last year (it had a different cover). It was a short and fast read. Just enough detail about each of the characters that you don't feel let down when the... Read more
Published on March 27, 2013 by Reader4Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
This is a sweet story. How can it not be with kittens evrywhere!! There is also a mystery to solve, fun.
Published on March 5, 2013 by Tatiana Messina Schwartz
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute but a little slow to start
This book was a decent enough read. It was pretty short and there were times when I felt it dragged a little, but for the most part I enjoyed it. Read more
Published on December 23, 2012 by Ionia Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
A nice light hearted romance. Well written and a pleasant storyline. Short but sweet with a sprinkling of humour and some fluffy little characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Read more
Published on June 27, 2012 by Libby Cercasa
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story
Gentle, sweet romance with a very likeable hero and heroine and charming secondary characters - including the cats. I enjoyed it very much.
Published on June 9, 2012 by Jennifer P.
1.0 out of 5 stars Flaw in book
Every time I attempt to read this book, I get just a few pages in and the Kindle app on my iPod crashes. Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by rainbow goddess
4.0 out of 5 stars the wisdom of cats
It was lovely regency read. Bad boy gambler, who has survived on his own after his parents abandoned him, wins a run-down estate. Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by angela longstaffe
5.0 out of 5 stars The cat's meow! Cats as matchmakers.
This short story is rated G, is well written, and is complete. It encompasses a few weeks time (the birth of a litter of kittens to the time they my be given away). Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by DJ
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More About the Author

Shannon Donnelly's writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the "Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer" contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA's Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: "simply superb"..."wonderfully uplifting"....and "beautifully written."

Her books include the Demon & Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers.

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