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I’ve got the backbone of a worm,” Lacey Lancaster muttered as she let herself into her apartment. She tossed her mail onto an end table and glared at Cleo. “I didn’t say a word to Mr. Sullivan, not a single word.”
Cleo, her Abyssinian cat, affectionately wove her golden-brown body between Lacey’s ankles. Her long tail coiled around Lacey’s calf like a feather boa, soft, sleek, and soothing.
“I had the perfect opportunity to ask for a raise and did I do it?” Lacey demanded, kicking her feet so that her shoes sailed in opposite directions. “Oh, no, I let it pass by. And do you know why?”
Cleo apparently didn’t. Lacey took off her bright green vinyl raincoat, opened the closet door, and shoved it inside. “Because I’m a coward, that’s why.”
Walking into the kitchen, she opened the refrigerator and stuck her head inside, rooting out some sorry looking leftovers, two boxes of take-out Chinese, and the tulip bulbs she’d meant to plant in her balcony flower box last October.
“I’m starved.” She opened the vegetable bin and took out a limp stalk of celery. “You know my problem, don’t you?”
Cleo meowed and wove her way between Lacey’s ankles once more.
“Oh, sorry. You’re probably hungry too.” Lacey reached inside the cupboard and pulled out a can of gourmet cat food. To her surprise, Cleo didn’t show the least bit of interest. Instead, she raised her tail and stuck her rear end in the air.
“What’s going on with you? Trust me, Cleo, this isn’t the time to go all weird on me. I need to talk.” Taking her celery stick with her, she moved into the living room and fell onto the love seat.
“I work and slave and put in all kinds of overtime without pay, I might add—and for what? Mr. Sullivan doesn’t appreciate me. Yet it’s my decorating ideas he uses. The worst part is, he doesn’t even bother to give me the credit.” She chomped off the end of the celery and chewed with a vengeance. The stalk teetered from the attack and
then slowly curved downward.
Lacey studied the celery. “This might as well be my backbone,” she muttered. Unable to sit still any longer, she paced her compact living room. “I haven’t had a raise in the whole year I’ve worked for him, and in that time I’ve taken on much more responsibility and completed
projects Mr. Sullivan couldn’t or wouldn’t do. Good grief, if it weren’t for me, Mr. Sullivan wouldn’t know what was going on in his own business.” By this time she was breathless and irate. “I do more work than he does, and he’s the owner, for heaven’s sake!”
Clearly Cleo agreed, because she let out a low, wailing moan. Lacey had never owned a cat before, but after a devastating divorce she’d needed someone. Or some thing. The thing had turned out to be Cleo.
She’d first spotted Cleo in a pet-shop window, looking forlorn. Cleo’s brother and sister had been sold two weeks earlier, and Cleo was all alone. Abandoned, the half-grown kitten gazed, dejected and miserable, onto the world that passed her by.
Copyright © 1994, 2011 by Debbie Macomber.
As Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair opens, Lacey is still smarting over her cheating ex, she’s tired of her demanding boss and she’s had enough of friends pushing her to date again…which is why she has zero patience for Jack Walker, the hunk next door who keeps flirting with her even though she knows he already has a girlfriend. A girlfriend, she might add, with whom he’s always arguing. It’s no wonder that when Jack’s alley cat gets her Abyssinian pregnant, Lacey is furious. Jack promises to pay all vet fees, and his kindness—plus a litter of adorable kittens—help soften Lacey’s heart. It looks like this could be a true family affair and Lacey thinks she may have been wrong about Jack...but does she have the heart to trust again?
Large Print Hardcover Book : 136 pages
Publisher: William Morrow & Co, Inc/Imp Of Har ( January 04, 2011 )
Item #: 13-335113
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.36inches
Product Weight: 8.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I was a little disappointed on how small the book was as
far as pages. It was a good book..I enjoyed it very much.
A little expensive but I didn't have to pay $ 19.99 for it what a relief.
In large print, it is only 147 pages in length, so in regular print, it would probably be about 100 pages. There was not much depth to the story and there seemed to be several lapses. Not worth the money!
Reviewer: Norma H
The last reviewer, Disappointed, hit it right on the nail about her complaint. I even went as far as sending an e-mail to Doubleday LP about the cost of this book for a misleading 160 pages on this book. However, this story is cute and funny; I am not disappointed with the story, and i did get this book free. It is a good romance! If you want to read this cute story, check this book out at your local library. Before buying books, be sure to check out the DETAILS to see what is available. I learned my lesson!
I look forward to Debbie Macomber's books, they have given me many hours of reading pleasure. This book would have made a good short story. The characters were charming. Though the plot may have been predictable, but a nice escape to innocence. My complaint is the misleading description that the book is 160 pages, when it is actually 136 pages in LARGE PRINT! Yet the price was for a sized novel. I feel ripped off by the Mrs. Macomber and the publisher!
Didn't care for the characters. Didn't care for the writing. Family Affair seemed very juvenile. Wouldn't have even been a good short story which, at 100 pages, is about what it was -- a short story -- and not a very good one at that. The cutest part was about Cleo the cat. My first and last DM book. Dbleday, you should be ashamed to even sell this. Fortunately, I got it as a free book with purchase of one at regular price. It sounded cute but, boy, what a disappointment!