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The Nine Lives of Christmas

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,314 Ratings  ·  293 Reviews
Two people are about to discover that when it comes to finding love, sometimes Christmas magic isn't enough…sometimes it takes a pesky orange cat named Ambrose.

When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea to the universe. He'll do any
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Fallyn This is an adult contemporary book , it has been turned into a Hallmark Channel Movie if that helps with describing its genre.

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Paula  Phillips
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Coming up to Christmas time, I felt in the mood for a Christmas tale and came across sitting on my bookshelf at home The Nine Lives of Christmas. As we all know Cats have nine lives and the main character of this book Ambrose is on his last one, and he doesn't want to go just yet, and he doesn't want his last life to be ruined by a vicious dog that won't stop chasing him. So Ambrose does what anyone in a dangerous situation would do, he stops and prays for a second chance and to make his last li ...more
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Cats and Christmas....basically two of my favorite things in the world all contained in one book! This was a fun and sweet holiday romance that was perfect for the season! :)
SheriC (PM)

The premise for this story sounded adorable, and this really could have been a fun, light read. I can absolutely see this being made as a Hallmark movie. As both a Romance and as a Christmas story, it failed for me, though, and I don’t see any other reason for reading this book. As a Romance, it was full of those tired old tropes that are the worst representation of the genre, and the internal logic just didn’t hold up. Shy, sweet heroine who thinks she’s plain, even though she only needs new cl
Ashley Deniz
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Another read for my reading challenge of 2015- this one a book set during Christmas. I chose this book after watching the Hallmark original movie of the same name (and LOOSELY based on the book). I loved the Hallmark movie, but partially because I love Brandon Routh. I thought it was a cute and lovely story so I decided to try the book. Usually when I do this I love the book even more than I loved the movie. I am sad to say that it did not happen. I wish I could say what I would have thought of ...more
Jamie Fessenden
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas
A cute story and a pleasant, entertaining read for the holidays, but I had a big problem with the hero. One expects heroes in a romance novel to be a little cliche, but Zach was more a caricature of "manliness" than a real character -- talking about "chicks" (far too often), contemplating women's "racks" (ugh!), using the word "dude" every other sentence as if he were a college student, subsisting on a diet of beer and pizza, being easily manipulated by an attractive woman, and being utterly ter ...more
Kitvaria Sarene
This was all in all a really enjoyable and cute Christmas story.
I do have some qualms with it though, so only the stars from me.

A) Pets are no Christmas present. One should NEVER gift a pet without knowing for sure the other person actually wants one, and is prepared to take care of it for the rest of it's life. And definitely not to be gifted on a whim.
B) The main character is very self conscious, even though she lost 50 pounds or something and looks great now. She thinks men should look inside
Rebecca Alston
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Cute story but not much about Christmas in it. Seemed rushed at the end. Also did not like promoting giving animals as a gift. That's how many animals end up in shelters not how they get out.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, romance
In ‘Nine Lives of Christmas’ we meet Ambrose. Ambrose is a cat who is already in his ninth life. The previous lives were good but something has to change to make this one the best. When Ambrose is saved from a dog by a nice guy called Zach, Ambrose decides to go home with him. Although Zach wasn’t happy about this in the beginning, slowly on Ambrose and Zach get used to each other. When Ambrose meets Merilee he is convinced that’s his duty now is to get Zach and Merilee together. Surely, getting ...more
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This story features Ambrose, the matchmaking cat, who finds himself facing his ninth life, you know the final one. He will do anything – ANYTHING – to be able to live it out happily.

When it looks like his fate has been sealed by an enormous dog, he pleads for help. His savior arrives in the form of a big, strong, firefighter named Zach. A firefighter who is very surprised that his good deed not only included scaring away the dog but giving Ambrose a new home.

Ambrose soon sees Zach needs help in
Michelle (True Book Addict) Miller
Give me a book with a cat and Christmas in it and it's a surefire bet that I'm going to like it. The Nine Lives of Christmas is a lovely Christmas tale told partially from a cat's point of view. The cat is named Ambrose and he is a yellow tabby who is on his last life. Ambrose is so engaging. Sheila really captured what most of us cat lovers know about cats...little lovers with attitude. I enjoyed the parts featuring Ambrose best, with his inner monologue all focused on how he is going to achiev ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is to literature what a Snickers bar is to food... not necessarily the best thing for you, but it's sweet and gooey and sometimes that's just what you want at the end of a long day.

I love cats, and that's what first drew me to this book. Ambrose -- our feline protagonist -- is given a second chance at his ninth and last life, if only he can do something kind for two humans that were kind to him in his previous lives. He then must rescue an emotionally damaged fireman (Zach) and a cat s
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2014-nov
The Nine Lives of Christmas was the first book I have read written by Sheila Roberts. The story was a perfect book to bring me into the holiday spirit. Likable characters. Looking forward to watching the movie. 3.5 stars
Valerie La rue
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice story...
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
An adorable easy Christmas read.
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Nine Lives of Christmas is the absolute perfect way to begin the holiday season! I have been in love with Sheila Roberts' work since reading Angel Lane. Each of her stories are unique, heartwarming and incredible. For me, the holiday season doesn't begin until I have gifted myself with one of Ms. Roberts' holiday reads and The Nine Lives of Christmas is the most excellent kick off for this year!

With this story, Sheila Roberts takes the view of Ambrose, the mangy kitty on his ninth and final
Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, first-reads
I don't normally read books like this, but when I read the synopsis I thought it sounded like a really cute Lifetime movie (not that I've seen one of those since I don't know when). And it turned out it was like a cute Lifetime movie. I enjoyed it and finished it in a few hours. I loved Ambrose the cat. He was adorable. The basic premise is that Ambrose has been given one last chance to live in exchange for doing some good. He sets out to set-up his new master with a nice girl (unlike his master ...more
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I love the Hallmark Christmas movie that is based on this book, so I was hoping I'd enjoy this one. But I didn't. Oh, it's not an awful story, so to speak, it's just vastly different than the movie (which is to be expected, I knew that) and had so little substance to it. I kept hoping I'd finally like Zachary, but he was simply never very likable. Not even when he finally gets a clue at the end and makes the right choice! When I don't like the main character, that means I usually struggle to lik ...more
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, cats
This was a cute little book. I'll admit that the cat is what drew me to this, and I'm glad he did. Ambrose is a well-written kitty, and I loved the parts of the story from his point of view. I just wish there had been more of them. I wasn't quite as fond of his human owner, Zach, but I appreciated that his somewhat bad views of women had a logical origin and that he grew out of them by the novel's end. Plus, his best friend calls him out on it, which was great to see. Merilee was a really great ...more
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's that time of year again...cheesy Christmas romance book time! When I read the synopsis and saw this one also featured a cat, well...what can I say. I like cheese in my Christmas season.

Nine Lives was a cute, predictable, more-sweet-than-sexy story about a kitty down on his luck and on his ninth life, who vows to help earn his last life's comfort by helping his rescuer - a firefighter human named Zach. Of course, this means that Zach is in need of a good woman.

This was an extremely quick r
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I just started reading it this morning and I am having a hard time putting it down. It is a very funny and fast paced read so far. I can't wait to see what happens next. Ambrose the cat is amazing or Tom which he is called now...He is on his last life which almost ended but he made a promise he now has to keep....This is my second book by this author. I recently read The Snow Globe which I really enjoyed...

Finally found the time to finish reading it. It is an awesome book. I enjoyed every minute
B.  Barron
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
After the last too disappointing tomes it was a relief to listen to a book I actually enjoyed. It was light, well written, and fun. Sure the lead male is a bit of a dim bulb – but being male I know this is par for the course (we all tend to be a little dim). Sure its formula and schmaltzy (Handsome, rugged, and brave fireman and shy, beautiful woman in need of rescue), but sometimes that just what the doctor ordered.
Kris Sellgren
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I found this contemporary romance charming. Human Zach rescues cat Ambrose from losing his 9th life; clearly Ambrose must find ways to rescue Zach in return. The unexpected connections that Ambrose finds between events in his previous lives and events in this one, and the sympathetic human hero and heroine, make this romance stand out.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will go into this more later. Loved this story. Super sweet. Awesome cat. I listened to The Nine Lives of Christmas and the only thing I wish is that the reader didn't use such a juvenile tone for Marilee. It was a little hard to hear, but not so much that I stopped.
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I rarely, if ever, read a book that is so good and so applicable to everyone I know that when I do I have to tell everyone they need to read it. This is one of those books. If you don't read another book this year this is the one to top your list.
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such a heartwarming story. I really loved it. It tugs at your heart strings and makes you laugh all at the same time. I recommend this to animal lovers.
This book was won through Goodreads first reads
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so cute! I normally avoid animal stories, but I thought this one might be happy, and I was right. It's a sweet romance, but what really makes the story is Ambrose, the cat. The parts from his point of view are priceless!
Renee M
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Cute holiday romance told mostly from the perspective of a persisted kitty.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book started out cute but ended weakly. Still a fun read.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Second Christmas book in my planned trilogy. I am sensing a theme - not a lot of substance, but then is that why we read them really?! A little light escape during the holidays.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought Ambrose's story line was better than the humans' in this book.
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Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. Her books have been best-sellers, Amazon top ten romance picks, and her popular holiday novel, "On Strike for Christmas" was made into a movie for the Lifetime channel. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s ...more
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