A Forever Home For Athena

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
The true story of a cute tabby kitten as she awaits her fate at an animal rescue shelter. Will she find her forever home?

A heartwarming story for both children and adults alike.

Packed with stunning photos.

ALL proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated by the author to three of her favourite animal charities. More

Available ebook formats: epub

About Marie Symeou

Marie Symeou was born in London, England, where she still lives. She is an author, animal advocate, cat blogger & photographer.

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Dina porell reviewed on Oct. 16, 2013

I enjoyed reading this book. A cat got rescued story is always right for every reader. There are a lot of abandoned cats out there and unfortunately some of them are not lucky.
This book is about a cat who had a rough time in the beginning of her life but she ends up happy with loving family. I highly recommend this book. A big thanks to the author for this book and this message.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
K R Morrison reviewed on Oct. 13, 2013

First of all, I would like to say that Marie’s last name goes very well with her genre of choice. (SimmMEOW…)

That being said, on with the review:

Kicked out from their home by an uncaring family member, two kittens are left on their own to survive. With very little experience in the outside world, they are reduced to eating grass and licking up rain puddles to keep alive from one frightening day to the next.

Until the day someone picks them up and takes them to a shelter. Cowering and afraid, overwhelmed by smells foreign and dangerous (to them), the sisters huddle together in their captivity, not knowing what will come their way next.

Assurances from the other cats in the room, regular (but insubstantial) food, and interaction with humans help the kits adjust to life within walls again. They start to take an interest in their surroundings, especially the various attitudes of the humans who come to see them. It is highly fortunate, in a couple of cases, that the shelter insists on a background check on families and individuals who come in to adopt cats. There are those whose outward attitudes and/or inner animosity make all of the shelter dwellers nervous; when they are turned away, all of the cats sigh with relief.

The two sisters begin to think that they will be spending the rest of their lives in their ample, but dreary, cage. Then one day a woman and her mother come in and change their lives completely.

One sister, now called Athena–the narrator of this tale–finds herself in a new home, surrounded by food, toys, her own pillow, and all the love she could ever want.

Then suddenly she is in the carrying cage again. Athena worries that she has somehow angered her women. Will she be thrown into the shelter again? Or worse? Will she ever see her warm, comfortable home again?

One of the things I loved most about this book was the pictures of Athena, whose fictional past and true present are told in these pages. I could really feel the emotions this kitty was feeling, as she survives the fierce outdoors, protects her sister, gets used to the dreary but safe protection of the shelter, and experiences the ups and downs of beginning to trust again.

I am really hoping that Ms. Symeou writes a follow-up story, fictionalizing what happens with the other kit. Like Athena, I do worry about her.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Linda Deane reviewed on Aug. 31, 2013

Marie did an excellent job of capturing the special bond between cat and human in this account of an abandoned kitten's adoption from a shelter. As only a true cat lover would know, cats are able to control us with their thoughts and they can see the intentions of our hearts by reading our auras. Athena can tell from the start that her human is good and kind and wills her to choose her at the shelter. This she does and little Athena is rescued from her rough start in life to become a cherished and loved pet where her new mummy and grandmother know exactly what she wants and when she wants it. Athena tells us the story from her perspective. Marie is to be congratulated for raising awareness of the plight of abandoned animals and I can't help feeling a little sad wondering what became of Lily - Athena's sister. The reality of the situation is that most animals are not as lucky as Athena.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Elsabe Venter reviewed on Aug. 28, 2013

Really a heart warming story that is so real in today's live , I enjoyed it and it is a easy read , the journey to happiness is sometimes so sad , but you get there in the end may this story inspire everybody that reads this book to adopt an animal .
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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