I think novels need a Save the Cat moment too before we can relate to characters. Of course, it doesn't have to be as dramatic as saving some old moggy; in fact, it's better when it's small scale, a hardly noticeable act of consideration for others, a tiny kindness, a gesture of love.
I rooted for the main character in Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson from the first couple of pages when he was polite and considerate to a near-stranger despite having just had some terrible news. I couldn't be bothered to finish The Shakespeare Secret by J L Carrell because I never liked the main character. She never had a Save the Cat! moment - although she had plenty of 'I'm vastly superior to everyone around me' moments.
Several readers/reviewers have commented on Kissing Mr Wrong's Save the Cat! moment, when the main character is shown as being concerned for her gran. It was entirely unconscious, but I'm now busily working out how the main character of my current WIP can have her Save the Cat moment.
Has anyone any other suggestions for Save the Cat! moments in either their own work or other novels?