‘Lawyer for the Cat: A Sally Baynard Novel’ by Lee Robinson

lftc lrSTORY: Sally Baynard is one of the best lawyers around. In the years since her divorce from Family Court Judge Joe Baynard, she dedicated herself to representing the worst and craziest Charleston, S.C. had to offer. But none of the murderers, burglars, or angry divorcing clients compared to Sherman, the dog her ex-husband appointed her to represent. Although the miniature Schnauzer found his way into her heart (and brought his handsome vet Tony along too), his case was a thorny one. With that business out of the way, Sally is happy to move back to non-canine clients… until a probate judge asks her about a cat.

Agreeing to represent Beatrice, a black cat who’s the beneficiary of a multi-million dollar trust and a plantation, Sally must put her wit, charm, and brains to the test, choosing among three colorful potential caregivers while dodging the former owner’s angry son. Meanwhile, Sally must juggle the demands of the court with those of her aging mother and make a decision about Tony, who wants to get more serious. Lawyer for the Cat is Southern women’s fiction at its most delightful, featuring strong, smart characters, a charming setting, and plenty of adorable critters.

REVIEW: Sarah (Sally) Bright Baynard, Attorney at Law, has just turned 50 and is single. An admitted workaholic, she is sharing a glass of wine with her friend, Ellen, and lamenting her age while waiting for her other friends to arrive to celebrate her birthday. Ellen is also an attorney.

Sally’s ex-husband is a judge. Sally is now dating a veterinarian who wants to marry. She lives in Charleston with her mother who has Alzheimer’s. Sally usually handles divorce cases so family law and some criminal law are areas with which she is familiar. Probate Court is not her speciality but she is meeting with a judge over a cat case. When she died, Lila MacKay left a trust for the care of her cat, Beatrice, but failed to appoint an enforcer for the trust. Thus, the judge is appointing Sally to interview the people Lila suggested and choose one to be the enforcer. Lila left a vast amount of money and real estate in her trust assets. The trust states that the person appointed as enforcer shall live with Beatrice in her large home until such time as Beatrice passes away. While Sally really doesn’t want to take the case, she doesn’t want to say no to the judge appointing her and, therefore, ends up with the case and the cat.

Sally’s assistant, Gina, helps her a lot with her cases and digs into the box of information on Beatrice. Soon, Sally begins interviewing the list of approved people to care for Beatrice as specified by Lila.

Each person has some type of baggage that makes them not the most suitable enforcer. In addition, Sally has to fight off the aggressive bully son of Lila. He and his mother never got along and he resents the cat getting her money.

The story winds through the different friends and family members of Sally in addition to many of her clients. She is a very busy woman juggling her practice and her private life.

Anyone who has ever worked with an attorney as I have, can appreciate the never-ending job and some really crazy clients.

I enjoyed this book but only gave it 4 stars because I found it difficult to find any real emotion from Sally. I found her to be an “attorney” 24/7.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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