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Solomon, a cat who can see angels and who has been chosen to be born again to help a family endure traumas of separation and poverty, narrates this quirky but heartwarming adventure
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published November 21st 2013 by Avon, HarperCollins Publishers (first published June 1st 2012)
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Fiona MacDonald
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an obsessed cat lover I should’ve known going into this wonderful story that it was going to make me emotional.
The story is told from the point of view of Solomon, which some might not like, but that I adored.
The story starts with Solomon in heaven, speaking to his angel about going back down to earth to rescue his childhood owner in a new cat body. Gone is the passionate, happy and free little girl, for she is now married unhappily to a violent abusive man, has a child and desperately needs
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Ann-See Yeoh
Loved loved loved this book. Made me smile, made me sob my heart out. If you believe in angels, if you love cats, you've got to read this.
Saturday's Child
This one reminded me a little bit of 'A Dog’s Purpose'.
LeeLeeLoves
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Solomon’s Tale is a story about a cat, not just any old cat but a healing cat. He is sent by way of an angel to look after Ellen who was Solomon’s best friend many years ago when she was just a little girl herself, now she is a married woman with a child of her own and a whole heap of troubles!

To reach Ellen, Solomon, had to be reborn. He came out as what he described as being nothing but a sausage and unable to open his eyes for six weeks. The entire story is told from Solomon’s point of view,
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Anne
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a story that deals with some hard-hitting and quite emotional issues in a pretty unique style. Solomon, the little kitten who is found by Ellen as a bedraggled bundle of fur is the narrator of the story. Ellen's family is struggling, things are tough and Solomon's presence helps to guide them through these tough times. The voice of a cat as narrator does take some getting used to, but by the second chapter I felt that Solomon had found his 'voice' and the narration flowed perfectly from ...more
Barry Lillie
Jun 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I didn't actually finish this book for two reasons, the first being that I found the writing rather pedestrian and with no gloss whatsoever, it was written in a way that you'd expect a secondary school student to write. To much airy fairy sparkles for me.

The second was the use of the word 'poof' which I found offensive and the way in which it was used. I'm not a fan of censorship, but surely someone must have questioned the use of this derogatory term and it's meaning in the text. The author wou
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Nicola Fantom
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful, heart warming, emotional story told from the perspective of a tuxedo cat named Solomon. He is one special cat tasked with the challenge of finding his owner from a previous life, who is in trouble. Soliman has special psychic skills, is loving and caring, and very brave. There are many obstacles in Solomons journey, and many fears to overcome. Soloman makes lots of new friends along the way, I actually fell in love with him and cried at the end of his journey.

Often his dilemm
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Elisabeth
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Meet Solomon, a black and white 'Tuxedo' cat, who arrived on the doorstep of Ellen, her son John and partner Joe in a thunderstorm totally bedraggled and desperate for a home.
Ellen takes pity on the poor little kitten and takes him into her home and Solomon thinks that he has found his forever home.
Life, however, is not a bed of roses for Ellen and her family and there are many challenges that Solomon will have to endure to help Ellen and her family rebuild their lives together.
A beautiful sto
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Tina
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for cat lovers from the cat's point of view. Very sad ending, you will need tissues.
Wendy Slater
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sheila Jeffries is a talented and gifted writer whose words seemingly come to life as they dance across the pages of “Solomon’s Tale”.

This book is written for children. Yet, I became aware reading “Solomon’s Tale” of the healing of the “inner child” within me from this magical story.

Complex topics of spirit, death, reincarnation, abandonment, betrayal, angels, vision quests and love are presented seamlessly and with gentle clarity.

“Solomon’s Tale” is a beautiful written children’s story about So
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Louise Jones
I enjoyed reading this although for a much younger age group and not keen on cats i did enjoy this , think it was because it made you wonder about other animals u have met in your own life and it is nice to think they were here for a purpose it is well known that having an animal helps with blood pressure and have heard alot of people mention rainbow bridge were animals go when they die !!
i enjoyed Solomon and his adventures with his spirit animals as i have often felt messages from outside s
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Andrea
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh dear I sob my eyes off with this emotional tale about a beautiful cat and a troubled family. If you are a cat lover just like me, you have to read this book; it is an amazing story about the beautiful bond between a cat and his human owner.

I also have a tuxedo cat and like the cat in the story, he's a healer too: every time I'm with him I feel happy and comforted by his purring and as described in the book, my cat knows exactly when I'm sad or feeling lonely, because he jumps to my bed and s
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Chloe
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A tale told from a cat's perspective of how he helps his owner through a terrible time in her life.
The book is pretty spiritual, yet I found it a pleasant and enjoyable read, although I don't consider myself to be religious or spiritual. I found Solomon's Tale was good at evoking emotion, and was a bit of a tear-jerker, but could also be heart-warming and joyous at times. Not many books about cats for adults are written from the point of view of a cat, which in my opinion, was one of the streng
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Dawn
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good read for a fiction cat tale. There is a lot of hard times for Solomon and without giving any spoilers away be prepared for chapters 9 and 10 with tissues galore. I thought the story was well written and covered Ellens relationship troubles very well. Some parts of the book are quiet predictable especially towards the end chapters, but nevertheless this is a book well worth a read especially if you are a cat lover. Solomons Tale will touch your heart.
Bady
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book.
Salomon’s Tale is a heartwarming story of a cat, his owner and all the magic in between. I still smile, when I think about it.
It has a very easygoing writing style, it is fast to read, it is not a heavy read and the story is definitely enjoyable.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars and definitely recommend it.

Btw the book is also available in German, Italian and French.
Debs Longman
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must for cat lovers

This truly is a heartwarming tale. Anyone who has been loved by a cat will understand the warmth, affection and understanding of Solomon. The book made me laugh, the book made me cry. Breathtaking story. I’m now going to give my cats an extra cuddle each.
Lizzy
May 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I got to the end of the first chapter.
By this point, the following has already has been mentioned; stardust, psi sense, spirit world, angels- more specifically, the 'angel of shooting stars', comfort angels, healing light and healing gift. The writing style also isn't for me I'm afraid.
sarah youd
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant moving book

I choose this rating because this book made me laugh and fall in love with all the characters made me cry quite a lot but overall made me feel good by just reading it...p.s it also made me want a cat
Ann Salmon
I'm not a cat person but I liked the cat on the cover of this book.
So glad I did I really loved this book and I'm sure my granddaughters will as well. Its just the blubbing when sad things happen and I did.
Michelle Wiles
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was based partly on truth and partly fiction. I found it a very heart warming and touching tale.
Lesley Halliday
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aww what a lovely sweet story 😊😊
Pauline
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Nice easy read. Cat lovers would love it.
Celine Kim
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so touching and always manages to bring tears to my eyes.
Rowlie
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute little tale about life seen through a cat's eyes.
Angela Marie
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had fun reading this tale.. 😍
Natalie
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this back in my first year of secondary school and I loved it. It’s such a perfect animal story for any child/ teen who has a pet cat.
Can`t_Stop.Reading
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much ! It was so sweet and I really connected with the story. I also thought the ending was absolutely perfect and loved how the author had based the cats on the cats she used to have and spoke a bit about them . Definetly would suggest people read this book and I think this is one of the few books that I'll most likely come back and read again :)
Kätlin
I really wanted to like this book. I love cats and have grown up with them, and it was a cute story. There were cute moments and the book had some nice paragraphs, and the end was a real tear-jerker. If you've ever lost a pet, you can't not be moved by the ending.

But unfortunately the writing got badly in the way of enjoying the book more, and that's why I cannot give it more than 2 stars. The writing style was very simplistic and basic, so I was quite surprised to find out that the author has
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LindyLouMac
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I was approached by the publisher to see if I was interested in reading and reviewing Solomon's Tale I admit I had my doubts. Firstly I normally steer away from young adult novels and secondly books written from an animals point of view. However loving cats and missing having my own there was something about it that I found appealing so I said yes. Thankfully I did and thanks Avon for giving me the opportunity to read this heart warming spiritual story proving to me just how close a relatio ...more
Liz Chapman
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is definitely a girly read and in retrospective ,a little bit like an American book I read on a similar story line . From the cover it was not quite what I expected. I was not sure whether this was a teenage or adult book . In his first life the black and white cat Solomon lives with a little girl Ellen with whom he forges a close bond. Solomon likes to sit on the piano while Ellen plays well but can never be persuaded to perform in public. Sadly Solomon dies because it is not his time ...more
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