Publisher: CreateSpace (September, 2014) Category: Mystery/Suspense, Humor, YA, Adult
Tour Date: November, 2014 Available in: Print & ebook, 249 Pages
I am Rosario Dominguez Gonzalez, heiress to one of the largest and oldest fortunes in Spain. My family is considered in both the most elite economic and social circles as one of the richest and most influential in Europe…
That was until the day when I sensed that someone was watching me; I opened one of my eyes and was just about to close it again when something caught my attention…
Rosario and Balou need each other for very different reasons… But for one of them, it is a matter of life and death.
Balou is taken away from his mother at a very tender age and sold to a pet shop where he waits impatiently for someone to claim him and take home a black and as he considers himself, an attractive British Shorthair cat. Just when he thinks this is going to be impossible and his bags are almost packed to go to the local animal shelter, he meets young and troubled Rosario who is really not looking for a pet.
It doesn´t take him very long to realize that something is horribly wrong in her household and he takes it upon himself to protect the human he has come to love almost as much as he loves his food, his siestas and of course the time he spends outside chasing everything and anything that moves.
A Strange and endearing alliance is forged between them but he soon discovers that something is horribly wrong in Rosario’s household. ‘I Stand Corrected’ is Patricia Asedegbega’s first novel in English.
My take on this book:
At the age of eight weeks old Balou, a British shorthair cat and his four siblings are taken away from their mother and sold to a pet store. While his four brothers are chosen pretty quickly it seems that no one wants Balou because he is black. When he overhears the shop owner say he might go to the shelter he wonders what that might mean, but finally after being at the store for four weeks someone shows an interest in him. Turns out the most popular couple in Spain,Rosario and Javier Cantora have come into the shop, and while Balou isn't impressed with Javier, and calls him "cold eyes" he feels drawn to Rosario. Balou finally has a home, but he senses something isn't right. What is going on in the Cantora home?
I must say I was drawn to this book because I knew that is was told from the point of view of a cat, but honestly it really it's so much more than just another cat story. Instead the author deals with a very important subject, I won't divulge what it is because it would be a major spoiler, but suffice it to say it's a deeper story than I anticipated, and one that I was glad I read. The story flows smoothly with chapters alternating between the views of Balou and Rosario. I certainly enjoyed seeing things thru the eyes of a cat, and found glimmers of humor woven into his observances. His favorite spot in the house is the kitchen, so the description of him being a "big boned" cat makes sense. I thought it was funny, and truthful that he felt like one of his jobs was to train the humans in the house. Overall an interesting story where one of the main characters is a cat,and that provides a lighter balance to the heavier issue that the author deals with in the story. I must say I am a huge fan of covers but honestly the cover of this book didn't appeal to me at all and doesn't do the well written story inside justice. That said, I Stand Corrected is a story that is well worth reading.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
About Patricia Asedegbega: Patricia Asedegbega is the author of Bienvenidos a gatos anónimos, Pasarse cuatro Pueblos and Sesenta segundos dan para mucho, Patricia Asedegbega Nieto was born to a Spanish mother and a Nigerian father in Madrid. As a child, she relocated with her family to Nigeria and later returned to Spain, where she acquired her BSc and master´s degree. She is currently living near Madrid with her family and her very stubborn cat, Merlin Mojito.
I Stand Corrected is her first English language novel.