Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Book Review: Dee Ready's "A Cat's Legacy: Dulcy's Story"

As a little change of pace, I've got a book review for you! This book is by blogger Dee Ready, who blogs at Coming Home to Myself. If you haven't visited Dee's blog, you must! She has led such a rich life and has so many stories to share.

Okay, so now for the review of:

A Cat’s Legacy: Dulcy’s Story
by Dulcy & Dee Ready

I am delighted to review and recommend this wonderful book! It’s a slim volume at just 76 pages, yet it is packed with wisdom, love and spirituality. Yes, Dulcy is a very spiritual cat!

At first you might think, “Oh, how cute! A book supposedly written by a cat and her owner – I’ll get that for my cat-loving friends.”

But please don’t underestimate this book, because it is SO much more than that. It’s about longing and disappointment; it’s about hurt and heartache. It’s about caring, compassion and commitment. Most of all, this book is about love and learning to trust in love. It’s a love story and it’s a handbook for LIFE.

Dulcy’s commitment to loving her human, whom she hopes with all her heart will someday also love only her, is moving and poignant. Dulcy is wise, she is proud and sassy, she is steadfast and true. She is clear about who she is and what she wants. We are mere humans, and so it is Dee who must learn from the example that Dulcy sets.

Dulcy and Dee’s lifetime together unfolds through 12 chapters in which Dulcy reveals her feline wisdom, meant to be helpful to “kits and cats,” and Dee shares how Dulcy’s guidance transcends species and can help us human beings live richer, more loving lives.

Here are a few of my favorite moments from the book:

Dulcy: “Find your heartwish and begin to dream. Everything is possible for a kit – or cat – who dreams.”

Dee: “…Given freely, love can make us unique .... But more than my love has made Dulcy special. She knows how to listen and how to give delight. She knows the possibilities of silence. But most of all, she knows herself to be loveable.”

Dulcy: “I am old now and one day the great god of cats will call me. But I have planted memories in my human’s heart. When I am gone, she will discover them there, and they will comfort her.”

Dee: “How can we let another see the deepest, darkest secrets of our life? How can we let another see the yearning, the longing, the dreams, the heartwishes? … How can we step off the cliff and trust ourselves to the abyss of another’s love?”

As you can see from just these few snippets, the book is beautifully written. Dulcy’s personality is so real and vivid that you will quickly forget she is a cat! And there are many, many more beautifully expressed words of wisdom for life from both cat and human, but I want you to have the chance to read them for yourself.

I really loved this book – so much so, that writing this review made me want to read it again - which I am doing!.

So YES, this is a GREAT book to give to your cat-loving friends, but it’s simply a wonderful book all around. I hope that you’ll enjoy it for yourself too.

The book is available in paperback and ebook from Amazon.com. Here are the links:

A Cat’s Legacy: Dulcy’s Story - Paperback

A Cat's Legacy: Dulcy's Story - Ebook

Dee's Blog: Coming Home to Myself


  1. Dear Melissa, this review makes me somewhat giddy with happiness. I am so glad, so pleased, so gratified that Dulcy's second book spoke to you. No writer could ask for a better review than what you have accorded "A Cat's Legacy: Dulcy's Story." I feel that she and I are One and so, as One, I say, "Thank you." Peace.

    1. It's good to be giddy! I only review books that I enjoy - there is too much negativity in the world to add my voice to it. So, when I do a review, it's heartfelt.

  2. This is such a wonderful review. I love everything Dee writes, but this one is especially close to my heart. My children have enjoyed it too ;)

    1. Dee's writing is beautiful. I'm hoping people will take a look because the messages are so true. Please share the link with your friends if you can.

  3. The book sounds interesting. Hope you are having great fun on your journey.

    1. It's really a lovely book. We are having a great time!

  4. How wonderful. I know and love Dee, and soon, very soon am going to have to break my rule about no more books until the to-read pile is diminished. And Dee's books are going to be my rule breakers.

    1. Dee is a very special person and an excellent writer - straight from the heart and beautifully articulated.

  5. Wonderful review! Dee is always so wise.

  6. Anonymous10/03/2012

    A wonderful--& well deserved review!! As in their first book, I actually felt that Dulcy was doing the writing!!

  7. I have heard so many great things about Dulcy and this book. I am definitely curious about this book (I am a cat lover). Thanks for sharing!

  8. Hi there, the October edition of Books You Loved is live. Here is the link Books You Loved October Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book you loved. Maybe this one? Cheers

  9. This is a wonderful review of a wise and spiritual book by a wonderful cat and her human. I read it a while ago and will treasure it always. Dulcy's habit to Delight In One Another has helped me through some difficult times.


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