The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas – Julia Romp
I saw this book on a book fair a couple of months ago. The cat on the front caught my attention and when I read it was not just about the cat, but also about an autistic little boy, I wanted to read it.
What the book is about
The heart-warming true story of a little boy and the cat that changed his life.
Julia’s nine-year-old son George was autistic. Quiet and withdrawn, he appeared lost in his own world. Then one day a small black-and-white stray cat appeared in her garden and George’s face lit up.
George bonded with Ben and began to open up to his mother as well. For three happy years, the trio was inseparable and George made remarkable progress. But then disaster struck—Ben went missing and George regressed.
The weeks turned into months, and Christmas was fast approaching, but on December 21, Julia got a call from a family more than fifty miles away, which finally offered a ray of hope . . .
Genuinely touching, The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas is a story about devotion, love, and a holiday miracle.
What I think about the book
First of all, I suspected that the book would be all about Ben, the cat. That wasn’t true. Julia first tells the story of how her son George was born and how the first years of their lives together were. I really liked that though. Being a partner of someone who is diagnosed with ASD I am really interested in autism and the stories of real people. It was heartwarming to read what Julia has done for her son George to make him happy, even if he didn’t always respond to her actions. I am not sure if I’d have the energy to do that, but maybe it’s different when it’s your own kid.
When Ben, the cat, walks into their lives, everything changes. George opens up a little and as reader you get to know him better. It is really sweet that this furry friend makes life so much better for both of them. I really get that, because I love cats and they are amazing friends for humans of all shapes and sizes. They can really steal your heart with their tiny paws and sweet eyes. Ben sounds like a real winner when it comes to cats.
I am really glad that Julia gave me a look into her life with George and Ben with her book. It was good to read that she still thinks that George is perfect and unique as a son. That was so endearing.
Even though the title makes you think it’s a book about Christmas, I would say that you could read this book in any season. Christmas is definitely part of the story, but in my eyes the main theme of this novel is raising a child with autism and the special bond that one can have with a feline friend.