When five-week-old Prudence, a brown tabby, meets a woman named Sarah in a deserted construction site on Manhattan's Lower East Side, she knows she's found the human she was meant to adopt. For three years their lives are filled with laughter, tuna, catnaps, music, and the unchanging routines Prudence craves. Then one day Sarah doesn't come home. From Prudence's perch on the windowsill she sees Laura, the daughter who hardly ever comes to visit Sarah, arrive with her new husband. They're carrying boxes. Before they even get to the front door, Prudence realizes that her life has changed forever.
Suddenly Prudence finds herself living in a strange apartment with humans she barely knows. It could take years to train them in the feline courtesies and customs (for example, a cat should always be fed before the humans, and at the same exact time every day) that Sarah understood so well. Prudence clings to the hope that Sarah will come back for her, while Laura, a rising young corporate attorney, tries to push away memories of her mother and the tumultuous childhood spent in her mother's dusty downtown record store. But the secret joys, past hurts, and life-changing moments that make every mother-daughter relationship special will come to the surface. With Prudence's help, Laura will learn that the past, like a mother's love, never dies.
Poignant, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny, Love Saves the Day is a story of hope, healing, and how the love of an animal can make all of us better humans. It's the story of a mother and daughter divided by the turmoil of bohemian New York, and the opinionated, irrepressible feline who will become the bridge between them. It's a novel for anyone who's ever lost a loved one, wondered what their cat was really thinking, or fallen asleep with a purring feline nestled in their arms. Prudence, a cat like no other, is sure to steal your heart.
©2013 Gwen Cooper (P)2013 Tantor
"Once again, Gwen Cooper shines her light on the territory that defines the human/animal bond. In Love Saves the Day, she creates an emotional landscape so beautifully complete that we can't help but share in the heartbreaks and triumphs of her characters, regardless of their species." (Jackson Galaxy, author of Cat Daddy)
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
I bought this book because I adored the author's previous non-fiction book Homer's Odyssey. I wasn't sure I would enjoy the story of Love Saves the Day, but it turned out to be totally delightful!
At first, the story from Prudence's perspective (the cat) grew a little tiring. However, a bit into the story, the chapters began alternating between three different perspectives, and that was a perfect way for it to progress. On the surface, this book seems to be the story of Prudence the cat, but it is truly a sweet story about relationships--mother/daughter, husband/wife, and yes, Prudence and her people.
The story was very well written and narrated well too--definitely worthy of one's time and credit. I hope she continues writing--I'm looking forward to more books from Gwen Cooper!
I have been a fan of Gwen Cooper since I read Homer's Odesy. This book explores the human/animal bond further. The story of Sarah, her daughter Laura and love lost and found is heartfelt. It will make you laugh, cry, and cheer. Having recently lost my mother, I identify with this story on so many levels. You won't be disappointed if you read this book. Chris Ducart's performance is amazing, and makes this book most enjoyable to listen to.
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
If there were any truth in advertising, the story would be called "Hatred Ruins The Day" because that is what the book is about. Hatred. It's about a daughter who carries the world's stupidest grudge against her mother, to her mother's grave. It's about people's employers screwing their employees over, and politicians and public servants screwing over their constituents, cats losing their owners (permanently), wives and husbands fighting etc etc. For the first 9/10ths of the book, there is certainly no love other than the poor cat's lover for her dead owner, which is overdone and really agonizing. Then they slap a silly ending on the end and call it good. Ugh!
Other problems: the writing is a mess. I loved Gwen Coopers "Homer" book, so it's difficult to even imagine this is done by the same writer. She even has a character who dies at the very beginning of the book, having first-person flashbacks throughout the rest of the book. Um, SHE'S DEAD! A DEAD CHARACTER CANNOT HAVE FLASHBACKS, lol. Aye aye aye.
The reader has a nice voice, but that's exactly the problem... she has *a* nice voice. All of her female characters sound identical (oops), making it difficult to follow at times. She would be great in an ensemble performance, but as the sole reader of a novel... not so much.
Overall I'm very disappointed with this book. The story is bad, the writing is bad, and the reading is bad. Kind of the audible tri-fecta of badness.
I really should give it one star, but as a cat-lover, I give it a bonus star just for the character of Prudence, which is actually the only character I can identify with in the whole story.
Adorable story of the power of our pets to change us and how we may change them. Wonderful entertainment, laughed, cried and wished it would never end.
The cat's point of view was not complete, but maybe better that way. I was surprised that this was sufficient to tell the story and fill in the characters. I did not think the daughter even liked her mom, so I was surprised to find she did.
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