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Not to start a cat-fight, but...
on February 5, 2011
Debbie Macomber's new book, "Family Affair" is an enjoyable, lighthearted, quick read. Here we have "Lacey Lancaster," the main character, recovering from a broken heart caused by an unfaithful husband. And, her exasperating neighbor," Jack Walker," who helps her face all the difficult emotions she had denied herself after the divorce. Over time, and with his help, Lacey regains her confidence and finds love again. Co-starring "Cleo," Lacey's Abyssinian cat; and, Jack's cat named "Dog" -- it's a heart-warming, solid, and well-written light read.
But...... (Don't you hate it when there's a "but"?)
Looking on the copyright page, I couldn't help but notice that this "book" was previously published as a contribution to another book published in 1994 titled "Purrfect Love." Well, isn't that interesting? A quick search reveals that the previously published book not only had "Family Affair," but also offers short pieces by Linda Lael Miller and Patricia Simpson. All three of the stories that make up that book being "enchanting romances in which matchmaking felines play a key role."
Hmmmm, here we have a New York Times #1 best-selling author taking a third of a book she published with two other authors, repackaging it and now selling her third for $16.99. I'm a writer too, and I couldn't help but place myself in the shoes of her coauthors. I'd bet twenty-bucks to your cat litter that her two co-authors aren't real happy to see this story pulled and published separately instead of having their coauthored book reissued. Now, I'm not purrfect myself, and I'm not looking to start a catfight here, but as much as I enjoy reading Macomber's books, this is a mighty short book for $16.99 plus tax.
So, if you want to preface your catnaps with a good short story - this is a good one, just be sure to buy it used as $17 bucks for a good short story could instead buy a lot of cat food!
Better still, buy "Purrfect Love" and help her coauthors make a buck or two!