The Happy Cat Lady
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The Happy Cat Lady

The Happy Cat Lady 

The Happy Cat Lady is the latest short story to be checked off my to be read list. One of the best things about short stories is, I am not up past my bedtime playing the “just one more chapter” game. 

The title of this book is what caught my attention. We all know a crazy cat lady. What about a happy one? It certainly made me curious to see what it was all about! 

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Have you read The Happy Cat Lady? Come on in and let me tell you about it! 

The Happy Cat Lady
The Happy Cat Lady

About The Happy Cat Lady 

Nina lives in a bustling metropolis with a high-flying career and an engaging social life. Her life is perfect and there isn’t a thing she would like to change about it.

However, change is the only constant. Nina finds her life turned upside down when her best friend, Susie, gets married and moves out to the suburbs. Soon enough, Nina finds out that the dynamics between best friends change after marriage. Nina now has to navigate her changing personal and professional circumstances, all by herself.

Lucky for her, she has the help of her beloved cat, Kitty. Can Kitty help Nina discover that true happiness comes from within? Join Nina and Kitty, in this short 22,000 word slice-of-life novella, as they rediscover that the meaning of love, life, friendship, and happiness change with time. 

Thoughts on The Happy Cat Lady 

I had high hopes for what should be a cute and funny story. But it didn’t happen that way. It started with blatant grammatical errors that took me out of the story. Sentences that started with, “I and Susie,” instead of, Susie and I.” There were plenty of missing commas that again, took me out of the story. I have a firm belief that I shouldn’t have to stop and edit sentences in my head to make them cohesive before I can return to a story and continue reading.

Good quality writing should suck me in, not throw me completely out of the story. Which I think is my biggest complaint here. I found this to be depressing from page one, and really hard to get through. 

Past that, it just isn’t a memorable story to me. There wasn’t anything fabulous about it. It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve read, but nowhere near the best either. I wanted so much more. I’ve read plenty of short stories that sucked me in from the first sentence and blew my mind, making me want a full novel. I didn’t get that here. 

It’s great for taking to the bathroom and reading instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media on my phone, but that’s about it. 

The Happy Cat Lady
Carl the Sloth reading The Happy Cat Lady with me.

Final Thoughts on The Happy Cat Lady 

I’m calling this a three star book. I didn’t hate it, and I didn’t love it. If I’m being perfectly honest here, it took me longer to write and publish the review than it did to read this short story.

Because there was nothing to draw me in and keep me truly invested in the story, I’ll likely have forgotten about it by the time I publish this review. I’m very glad it was a short story and not a full novel, otherwise it would have definitely been thrown into the did not finish pile and forgotten about. That is one of the best things about short stories. They can be boring and borderline terrible, without really wasting much of my time, so I can’t be mad at it. 

This is definitely a story where I’m glad I wrote the review, as that’s likely the only way I’ll actually remember that I read it. I wasn’t prepared to be bored to death reading The Happy Cat Lady.

If you read this story, I really hope that you find it far more enjoyable than I did.


Have you read The Happy Cat Lady from author Elora Biswas? Are you a fan? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

About the Author 

I can’t find a single biography or any kind of information about this author. Which I’ll be the first to tell you, I really dislike. I think photos and an informational blurb give an author credibility, as well as make it more personal. I want to know more about what is behind the author. 

This is my personal opinion, but it certainly does affect the rating I give books. It also affects if I’ll read anything else the author writes, because I’ll likely have forgotten about them somewhere in between. 

I’m also really confused why she has an “about the author” section that is listed after the chapters, when it is blank and empty. Why waste the time putting something useless if there wasn’t going to be any information in it?

Purchasing The Happy Cat Lady 

If you are interested in buying the paperback version of The Happy Cat Lady, click here.

Click here for the Kindle version.

Click here for my favorite Kindle I currently own.

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The Happy Cat Lady
The Happy Cat Lady

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