While working on the manuscript detailing the tragic events surrounding her son’s death and the healing her family found through the love of a special cat (Cleo, 2010), Brown is dealt a devastating one-two punch that sends her fragile world reeling. She is diagnosed with breast cancer, and her eldest daughter announces her desire to move to war-torn Sri Lanka and become a Buddhist nun. Feeling uncertain and needy, Brown struggles with the knowledge that she must let Lydia pursue her own dreams, even though, selfishly, she wants to keep her by her side. Although Lydia returns in time to see Brown through her crisis, her compulsion to follow the Buddhist way will test Brown’s maternal mettle. Once again, it will take a remarkable feline to help her family put things in perspective and impart the kinds of life lessons one can’t always learn from a two-footed guru. Candid, genuine, and unaffected, Brown’s touching memoir celebrates the affirmational power of animal companions to help humans navigate life’s most challenging moments. --Carol Haggas
'This is a moving account of family life going off the rails, but saved by love and the realisation that by allowing cats and daughters to roam, they'll come home in the end.' (Four Stars) The Lady 'If you're one of the 500,000 who bought Cleo and loved it, you'll be happy to hear her sequel is equally heart-warming and engaging ... If you've ever felt like your life is sometimes stranger than fiction then you'll readily identify with the latest update on Helen's life. It's a great reminder of why, even when life is dishing you up a big plate of craziness, there are still blessings to be gained.' Australian Women's Weekly 'charming, funny and heartfelt ... I carried it everywhere I went in the two days it took me to read it' Booksellers NZ 'I could not put it down. Very well written, it captured both my heart and my imagination.' The Weekly Review 'A delightful book.' Rotorua Post
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