by Lee Robinson
Published May 10th 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books
Synopsis: Following her successful representation of Sherman the Schnauzer, Sally Baynard is happy to go back to working with humans. That is until a probate judge asks her to look into the case of a cat who’s the beneficiary of a multi-million dollar trust. Now representing Beatrice, Sally must use her wit, charm and brains to choose between the three potential new caregivers for the lovable feline, whilst dodging the angry and mysterious former owner’s son.
Whilst juggling the demands of the court room, an aging mother and a confusing romantic life, will Sally make the right decision for Beatrice? And, as she delves deeper into the case, will she uncover the truth behind the family’s secrets?
My Review: This is the second Sally Baynard book, the first being Lawyer for the Dog. I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read with quirky characters and lots of sentiment. The story centers around Sally Baynard, an attorney who is appointed enforcer of a trust. Her responsibility is to decide who would be the best caretaker for Beatrice, the cat. The trust stipulates that whoever is chosen to look after Beatrice must live int the old plantation house. They also get $50,000 a year. When the cat dies, Lila’s son will inherit the plantation. Needless to say, he is not happy. Sally has a lot going on in her life. She divorced her husband years ago, and he is not a family court judge. He wants to be appointed to circuit court and is pressuring Sally to support him. Sally’s mother Margaret is living with her in her apartment. She has Alzhiemers but Sally will not put her in a home. This wreaks havoc with her budding romance with the vet, Tony. She met Tony when she was acting on behalf of Sherman, the dog in her previous animal rights case. Not only is all that going on in her private life, but she is also a busy family attorney and is juggling her caseload while trying to determine who will be the caretaker of Beatrice.
Thiswas a quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I did not know what to expect when I started this book, but it was surprisingly fun. We really got to know Sally. Through her interactions with her secretary/assistant, her friends, her mother, her mother’s caregivers and even the people she met to interview for the trust case showed a smart, caring, and loyal woman with a little inferiority thrown in. Even though Beatrice was the object of the trust case, she played a small role in the book. I liked the ending of this story. It was unexpected but I think it was just right. I actually learned a little about trusts and family court while reading this book. I recommend this book to cat lovers, those interested in animals rights. I am going to have to to and get Lawyer for a Dog to read now to see what I missed in Sally’s life. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.