Book Reveals Cats as God’s Healers

Maria Santomasso-Hyde’s debut book, He Gave Me Barn Cats, tackles some tough topics, including grief and anger toward God. Based on true events, the author recounts struggles with multiple losses and the animals God sent to help her find peace. Animal lovers will be touched by the barn cats’ life lessons while those spiraling down in grief will find comfort and resolution. This captivating tale reveals how God reaches for us in our darkest moments, even when we reject Him, and brings us peace.

Inspired by true events...

Losses send a woman’s soul into its darkest winter...

Maria has cared for her very ill mother for many years. Her burdens are heavy, causing a sadness bordering on darkness.  When she discovers her historic barn is now home to a mother cat and kittens, she feels lighter than she has in years. As the kittens grow, they teach her as only animals can do.

Then tragedy strikes. As Maria loses her family, the darkness envelopes her like the heavy fog that blankets her Blue Ridge Mountain home each morning. She creates a scorecard:  God: 9,  Maria: 0.  Her questions turn into anger at God.  She searches to find answers as to why her loving God would take away so much in such a short time.

How will she learn to trust again? Can the kittens in her barn help her heal?

 “...accessible, compelling and deeply infused with the heartbreaking and heart-lifting realities of life.” - Kurt Rheinheimer, Editor in Chief, Blue Ridge County magazine.

“Maria Santomasso-Hyde spins a yarn exquisitely told — a raw and truthful journey that travels from the depth of despair to the edge of salvation.” - Tom Mayer, executive editor, Mountain Times Publications

 Formerly a newspaper reporter, Maria Santomasso-Hyde now owns Alta Vista Fine Art Gallery.  She lives in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, with her husband, Lee, and The Queen of the Universe (Roma, their Black Cat)…and other Black Cats who decide to move in.

He Gave Me Barn Cats is available March 14, 2017 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C., P.O. Box 383, Pikeville, NC 27863-0383. Trade paperback $10.95 ISBN 978-1-939844-21-7, eBook $3.99 ISBN 978-1-939844-22-4, Christian Fiction (FIC042000) / Christian Life-Death, Grief, Bereavement (REL012010)