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Lacey Lancaster always longed to be a wife and mother. However, after a painful divorce, she just wants to lay low in her charming San Francisco apartment with her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo.

Everything would be wonderful if it wasn't for her impossible neighbor, Jack Walker, who argues day and night with his girlfriend . . . and whose cat, Dog, is determined to get Cle...more
ebook, 100 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Avon (first published January 1st 2011)
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JoyAnne
This review is for The Bet written by Darlene Panzera who won a contest sponsored by Macomber. Her novella is included in Family Affair.

What a delightful story! I enjoyed every minute of it, a quick read full of chuckles, suspense, and romance. Jenny dropped out of medical school to take over the ranch when her father died in a fire. Late on payments the bank sets a deadline and she has no way of paying it.

At a local cafe there is a lot of betting taking place, bets were placed on which of the...more
Alice Bola
There was a time when I would have swallowed Family Affair whole. I would have loved the simplicity of the romance, the innocence of the characters. I absolutely loved how two people with seemingly nothing in common could come together. Through dislike, they find love. Through misunderstanding, they find acceptance and compromise. I loved a story where in the end, love conquers all. That was then. Now, well, I'm a bit more cynical. Don't get me wrong, I still believe that love conquers all, but...more
Renata  *Bluetulip*

2,5/3 estrelas

Está difícil dizer sobre esse livro, pois era desses que tinha tudo para ser fofinho e bonitinho, sem grandes pretensões, apenas para divertir. Bem, não é que ele não foi assim, mas também não foi tão assim...


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Jennifer
I got pretty annoyed with this book almost immediately, but stuck with it because it was so short, so what did I have to lose except for one day of reading? Although acknowledging that this book was initially written in 1994, it doesn't change the biggest issue for me - in that Dog and Cleo were unaltered. Yes, without them there wouldn't have been kittens, but I see no reason why they couldn't have just genuinely liked each other to the point where they had to spend time together. The story cou...more
Debbie
Starting over in a new apartment, new job, new city was the only way Lacey Lancaster felt she could survive her divorce. She was struggling with the loneliness of it so she got a Abyssinian purebred cat named Cleo. Possibly wanting to breed the cat, she waited, but when Cleo finally went into heat she found out that her neighbor Jack Walker had a cat also, named Dog. Leaving her door open to go ask Jack to be quiet so that she could make a call, Dog got into her apartment and now she had to find...more
Beverly
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Rediscover the joy of #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber's delightful tale of unexpected love, second chances, and a cat named Dog.
Lacey Lancaster has always longed to be a wife and mother. However, after a painful divorce, she decides it's time to lay low for a while in her charming San Francisco apartment with her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo.
Everything would be wonderful, except for her utterly impossible neighbor Jack Walker. When he's not arguin...more
Jenn O'Brien
A short little read, that will take a soft blanket, comfy curled up spot and about two (maybe three) cups of Lady Grey tea to read. If you are cat lover, then all the better to enjoy.

I went into the book, knowing what I was going to get, so I was not overly surprised when it served exactly that purpose.

I do have one bone to pick over the storytelling.

The lead character begins the book complaining about her job and how underpaid she is. The reader sees one scene in which she asks her boss for a...more
Maggie
This book was just okay, probably my favorite part was the cats. This is a reprint of a book that Debbie Macomber wrote back in 1994, it was taken out of print and now re-released as a hardback. I don't know much about the publishing world but I'm wondering, why? I didn't think this book was so good that it needed to be resurrected. Maybe made available as an ebook for the legion of Macomber fans but a hardback re-release? I dunno. It was short and it was sweet, but I wasn't engaged in the story...more
Lu Ann Brobst
A short, quick read at less than 100 pages, but the story was fun. Lacey Lancaster has survived a year since her divorce, a year without trusting men. But the cute guy next door has been trying everything to get her to go out with him. No way she would though since he has a girlfriend he keeps trying to get to move in with him. At least that's what Lacey thinks is happening. When Jack Walker's male cat takes advantage of Lacey's purebred female cat, it's time to let the romance begin.
Bárbara Lorentz
O Amor Mora ao Lado é um romance bem curtinho. Uma história de paixão entre gatos. Uma história de amor entre humanos. Um livro rápido e fácil de ler, sem muitos aprofundamentos nos problemas que existem nele.

Lacey Lancaster, depois de se divorciar de um marido que a traía, se muda para São Francisco com sua gata, Cléo. Lá, ela tem que suportar seu vizinho, Jack Walker, brigando diariamente com a namorada, Sarah. Como a parede é bem fina entre os apartamentos, ela escuta sempre toda a discussão...more
Micah
Family Affair was pleasant, if a bit duller than Macomber's standard. I read the first chapter of Panzera's The Bet and couldn't bring myself to tolerate anymore, as the plot seemed positively ridiculous and neither the hero nor the heroine redeemable in any way.

I would normally criticize the former for being short and low on any sort of major development, but it was originally published in a short story anthology alongside several other works, so I think it's brevity can be forgiven. I liked Ja...more
Carolyn Sisko
I just started reading this short novel today. It kept me interested. I liked the characters: Lacey, Jack, Sarah, Cleo (cat), & Dog (cat). Lacey has been divorced a year & still has no intention of dating. Her cat, Cleo, gets impregnated by Dog, Jack's cat. As neighbors, Lacey & Jack become closer into each other's lives with their cats' issue. It was so sad at the end, when both Lacey & Jack get job promotions and Jack's will take him away to Seattle.
Debbie Macomber is a great...more
JJ
Another reminder why I usually don't like short stories and books with animals as central characters. Awful.
Stephany G
A little too light and cheesy for me.
Anna Karolina
Só senti falta dos gatos

A história pretende narrar como após Cão "engravidar" Cléo os donos dos gatos, Jack e Lacey, respectivamente, passaram a conviver. Jack sempre tentara se aproximar da vizinha desde que ela se mudara para o prédio, após o divórcio, mas Lacey sempre se afastara por julgá-lo um mulherengo; afinal, ele achava mesmo que ela cairia em seus encantos, sendo que ela podia muito bem ouvir todas as brigas dele com a namorada, através da parede que dividiam? Homens eram todos iguais,...more
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
And Verizon Internet crapped out just as I hit save on this review. It wasn't long but I still want to cry a little. I think I got everything back, if not the same wording. *sigh*

This was a short, saccharine little thing. Basically someone asked her to write a story with cats, and she came through. I am not even close to being a cat person, but that part of the story was minor and only served as a catalyst (*rimshot*) for our diffident couple to get closer to each other. I liked the infatuated n...more
Amy Jacobs
This was my first book by this author even though I had heard wonderful things about her books. While I enjoyed the characters of Lacey and Jack, I felt the story had some problems along the way.

Let me first start off by saying that this is a fairly short and quick read at only 99 pages. I was able to read and finish this book within an hour. Seeing how it is a short read, maybe the author intended it to be rushed and fast paced. I just couldn't see Lacey, who has just recently divorced, rush in...more
Dorine
3.5 Blue Ribbon Review courtesy of Romance Junkies.

If you're a cat lover then this reprint of Debbie Macomber's novella will entertain with the added bonus of a short ranching story by Darlene Panzera.

After her divorce, Lacey Lancaster leaves her cheating husband and the town they lived in as a couple behind. She starts over in San Francisco with a new job, a new place to live and a new roommate, a cat named Cleo. She doesn't want to date but her feline friend Cleo, a very amorous female, hooks...more
Andréia
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

Apesar de ser considerado um livro, mas ele é tão curtinho, quase um conto que acho que ele deveria estar na coluna POISON QUICKS onde faço um apanhado geral das informações - tanto de livro quanto do autor.

A narrativa da autora foi bacana, ela é bem fluida e isso ajudou e muito a apreciarmos a pequena e bela história contada por Debbie, até diria que tem uma pegada meio autoajuda, já que a história trata de uma coisa que todo mundo já viveu em algum...more
Brenda
Lacey Lancaster's marriage ended in divorce, so she has decided that she will steer clear of men, and be content to live a quiet life alone, alone that is except for her cat Cleo, a beautiful Abyssinian that she had decided she will breed to earn some extra money.Her next door neighbor Jack has been trying to engage her in conversation for months, but she has steered clear. She thinks that he is a womanizer and feels sorry for his "girlfriend" Sarah because she always hears them arguing. When Ja...more
Blablabla Aleatório
Depois de um primeiro casamento que terminou em divórcio, Lacey Lancaster se mudou para outra cidade e adotou uma gata, Cleo. Sua vida anda meio morna: o chefe não vê que ela faz praticamente tudo sozinha, e a maior emoção da semana é acompanhar as brigas de seu vizinho com a namorada.

Jack Walker, o vizinho briguento, também tem um gato, Cão. Um dia, Cleo e Cão decidem que o mundo precisa de mais gatinhos. E Lacey fica revoltada com Jack, dizendo que ele deveria ter mais controle sobre o seu ani...more
Lisarenee
Notes: This is a novella (aka short story) with another short story by a different author included. This is not a full length story. Nothing on the book indicates this nor is it stated on Amazon. The only clue is a lower price.

Lacey Lancaster went through a devastating divorce a year ago. She never saw it coming, but then most woman who are utterly in love with their not yet known to be cheating husbands don't. Now living in San Francisco trying to rebuild her life alone, she finds herself annoy...more
Charline Ratcliff
I found “Family Affair” to be a cute story and at only one hundred and two pages (which includes the Homemade Treats for Your Cat recipe chapter) it was also a very quick read. One could almost read it completely through on a lunch hour and it would definitely provide a nice “pick me up” for anyone having a bad day.

The premise of “Family Affair” is this: Lacey Lancaster has just recently suffered through a painful divorce. Once the divorce has been finalized she uproots herself and moves to San...more
Monica
Lacey Lancaster has always longed to be a wife and mother. However, after a painful divorce, she decides it's time to lay low for a while in her charming San Francisco apartment with her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo.
Everything would be wonderful, except for her utterly impossible neighbor Jack Walker. When he's not arguing day and night with his girlfriend, begging her to move in with him, he's chasing down his cat named Dog, who seems determined to get Cleo to succumb to his feline advances....more
Kelsey
This book is extremely small.. only like 120 pages, if that. I don't usually read anything by this author or really even this genre but it was super cheap so I grabbed it. This book is about a man and woman who have been neighbours for a little while. One day, the woman's cat becomes pregnant with the man's cat and every so often the man would come over to see her, and wait for the kittens. Sounds kinda weird, I know.. Through the process of visiting the female cat, the two fall in love. There a...more
Alexia561
The Bet is a short, sweet story. Jenny is trying to raise money to save her family's ranch, and Nick bets that she'll marry him within five weeks. It's kind of a silly bet made in the heat of the moment, but Jenny needs the money, so agrees.

What I couldn't understand was why Jenny would trust Nick at all. He finagles a way onto her ranch so he can court her, and she lets him! Yes, he is tall, dark, and handsome...but hello? He bet $10,000 that she would marry him, so what is she thinking?

I coul...more
Lynn
This is one of those little "read in one sitting" books. Very cute, and sweet, and written in typical Debbie Macomber fashion.

Lacey has recently moved to San Francisco after a heartbreaking betrayal and divorce to start anew. She purchases an Abysinnian cat for companionship, and in the hopes of breeding kittens which she can sell. Unfortunately, her next door neighbor's alley cat puts an end to that notion when he sneaks into her house while her cat, Cleo, is in heat, and impregnates it. This r...more
Tiffany
This was a short, quick, and cute little read.

Lacey after being with Peter for several years Peter approaches her with a request for a divorce. Lacey was told that Peter was in love with another woman. After their divorce Lacey packed up her stuff and moved to San Francisco. Lonely she buys herself a cat named Cleo. Her neighbor Jack has been friendly and tried to ask her out several times. Lacey has no interest in men especially with someone like Jack who seems to have plenty of relationships....more
Kerrie Strong
This was cute. The edition I read is actually being re-released paired with another story, "The Bet" by Darlene Panzera, a contest where the publisher, Avon Romance (who gave me an ARC of the book for review), was looking for similar style stories to Debbie Macomber. They apparently narrowed it down t 3 and let Debbie Macomber pick the winner. :)

Both stories were sweet. I normally like more steam, but for a rainy afternoon read with an afghan on your lap (Macomber actually recommends a lap cat f...more
Melanie
Well, there you have it! That’s just about it…

This synopsis almost covers the whole story. I’m not much of a fan of contemporary romance and this would be my first book by this author, so there, now that I got this out-of-the-way, my thoughts are this: Cute, fun and sweet VERY short story. I was done with it in one afternoon and honestly I don’t think it was worth the price. I’d have to say that it was well written, but for the life of me I’m not sure why was it marketed this way, as a short HAR...more
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