The Calico Cat

Written by Amanda James


A poignant and heart-warming journey of self-discovery

At thirteen, Lottie discovers a huge secret which her parents have kept from her, the impact of which proves to be life-changing.  

Because of the way Lottie’s mother handles the consequent fall-out, the two become distant. Lottie’s rejected by her mother and deemed troublesome, rude and willful.  Ever since then, Lottie has struggled with fitting in and actively tries to be different from others.

As an adult, Lottie decides to quit her teaching job and follow her dreams to become an artist. But will she succeed and can she put her troubled past behind her?

As Lottie embarks on a journey of self-discovery she will come to examine the importance of life, love and friendship.




Warm, Comforting and Compelling!   5 stars


After a crime thriller, this is the perfect read for me. Warm, honest, touching on dysfunctional families (I know quite a bit about them!) and friendship.

We meet Lottie as an adult and it soon becomes obvious that what relationship she has with her mother is not a happy one. Slowly, throughout the story we are let into what Lottie refers to as ‘the big fat secret’ of what went wrong fifteen years ago when she was a new teenager. Labelled as a ‘journey of self-discovery’, this truly is exactly that.

A warm, comforting read and a thoughtful one where my admiration for Lottie increased throughout this story as she herself grew. The characters are fabulous; varied, different, from all walks of life but all down-to-earth in their own way. There are ups and downs – as indeed there are everyday for all of us. Lottie herself has a very direct way of looking at life and I found myself both agreeing with her and giggling at her observations. She is very likeable! Amanda James is definitely an author to look out for.

This is the kind of novel which makes you look at those around you and think about what kind of relationship you have with them. The writing flows beautifully and makes for compelling reading. I was sad to reach the final page, but then all good things come to an end, don’t they? I certainly couldn’t improve on this book in any way whatsoever, and am delighted to give it five well deserved stars.

My thanks to publishers Bombshell Books for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: family; friendship; self-discovery; women’s fiction


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2188 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bombshell Books
  • Publication Date: 3 June 2018
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Meet the Author


61Oa1thrTTL._SY200_Amanda James has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true.

Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published. Her time travelling debut – A Stitch in Time was published in April of 2013 and has met with great success.

Amanda lives in Cornwall and is inspired every day by the beautiful coastline near her home. Three of her suspense/mystery novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie – April 2017 pub – HQUK ( HarperCollins) Another Mother, also set in Cornwall is due out in April 2018 with Bloodhound Books.

Amanda can usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

Amanda’s blog –

Twitter – @akjames61

Facebook mandy.james.33


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