Sounds Like Love by Laura Ford Genre: YA Fiction, Coming Of Age
Wendy is a bright spark who wants to find love and travel the world, but she questions how her dreams can become a reality as her world changes around her.
When Wendy arrives at her beloved grandmother’s house to collect a box of keepsakes, she picks up more than she bargained for - a green-eyed tabby cat with amazing qualities. This is just the start of a high-speed adventure, leading Wendy towards bright new horizons… if only she’ll give the cat a chance…
A wonderful story . . . Author Laura Ford does a fantastic job of creating a story that flows well and keeps the reader captivated from beginning to end.’ -SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW
‘A tender, engaging narrative intended to inspire positivity in the face of adversity.’
Sounds Like Love offers readers an engaging story of a cat that holds unexpectedly special abilities, a grandchild learning to care for a pet while missing a significant person in her life, and an emotional roller coaster of love, empathy, and revised connections that stem from their relationship.’
-MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"Suddenly she wasn’t thinking about how she felt anymore; she was wondering how the cat was feeling – she felt compassion for the cat. All through her childhood she had disliked cats because her parents had paraded them in front of her and it had made her feel second best. But now, this cat was looking for a friend. How could Wendy hope for people to understand her when she wasn’t trying to understand this cat? “Empathy,” Wendy said out loud to herself. “That’s what the world needs. More empathy.”
Laura Ford writes novels, short stories and poems accross a wide range of human and animal experience. As Laura is an avid cat lover, a number of special felines tend to find their way into Laura's stories as well.
Laura graduated with an honours degree in British law while also writing fiction in parallel. Now based in California with her husband and two beguiling Siamese cats, Laura most enjoys using her imagination and memories to paint vivid stories. An avid traveler and seeker, Laura is always exploring new concepts for more stories to come.
What is another passion of yours alongside writing?
I’m really interested in the natural world and enjoy taking macro photographs of insects.
I stared a non-profit called the Pollinator Protection Fund to help support habitat creation for endangered Western Monarch butterflies and other pollinators such as native bees.
I really enjoy learning about native plants and reading studies about Monarch Butterflies. One of the most fulfilling things is creating a Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator habitat garden that the public can enjoy. In these gardens, itis very rewarding to watch people read our educational signs and smile with joy as butterflies glide past them.
Gardens that thrive with life and shine with colorful plants take us out our of our heads and into the present moment as we observe creatures in nature going about their business.
There’s so much to consider when planting for butterflies and bees - which native plants are their host plants, what types of conditions do the plants like, how many plants to install in a garden and where, what type of soil do we have - is it healthy? And so on. The learning curve is definitely enjoyable and I realize that it never stops. There is just so much to learn!
When I see Monarch butterflies circling a garden we have created, it makes the journey of transforming an overgrown and unused piece of land completely worthwhile and magical.