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Love Saves the Day [Ebook] ➡ Love Saves the Day Author Gwen Cooper – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk From the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Homer s Odyssey comes a tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, primarily told through the eyes of the most observant member of any human From the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Homer s Odyssey comes a tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, primarily told through the eyes of the most observant member of any human family the cat Humans best understand the truth of things if they come at it indirectly Like how sometimes the best way Love Saves PDF/EPUB or to catch a mouse that s right in front of you is to back up before you pounceSo notes Prudence, the irresistible brown tabby at the center of Gwen Cooper s tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, which is mostly told through the eyes of this curious and occasionally cranky felineWhen five week old Prudence 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 foreverSuddenly 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 diesPoignant, 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 heartPraise for Love Saves the Day Prudence is a sassy but sensitive feline heroine Time Unforgettably moving a hard one to put down Modern Cat If you are the Most Important Person to a cat, you will hold them much tighter by the book s end If you don t have a cat, Prudence will have surreptitiously lured you into the danger zone Falling in love with a cat because they need family, too The Vancouver Sun Cooper brings readers a fictional tale that cat lovers will treasure This book will make most readers laugh and cry, and probably lead them to wonder often what, exactly, their pet is thinking FredericksburgFree Lance Star The interspersed viewpoints enrich Cooper s sensitively told novel that unravels a story based on actual events about a century old tenement building and the inhabitants therein That story ultimately serves as the basis to understanding the emotional subtexts of these authentic, well drawn characters Shelf Awareness.

    Love Saves the Day PDF ¼ Love Saves PDF/EPUB or 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 foreverSuddenly 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 diesPoignant, 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 heartPraise for Love Saves the Day Prudence is a sassy but sensitive feline heroine Time Unforgettably moving a hard one to put down Modern Cat If you are the Most Important Person to a cat, you will hold them much tighter by the book s end If you don t have a cat, Prudence will have surreptitiously lured you into the danger zone Falling in love with a cat because they need family, too The Vancouver Sun Cooper brings readers a fictional tale that cat lovers will treasure This book will make most readers laugh and cry, and probably lead them to wonder often what, exactly, their pet is thinking FredericksburgFree Lance Star The interspersed viewpoints enrich Cooper s sensitively told novel that unravels a story based on actual events about a century old tenement building and the inhabitants therein That story ultimately serves as the basis to understanding the emotional subtexts of these authentic, well drawn characters Shelf Awareness."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Love Saves the Day
  • Gwen Cooper
  • English
  • 27 July 2019
  • 0345526945

About the Author: Gwen Cooper

Gwen Cooper is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs Homer s Odyssey A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat and Homer The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat, and the novels Love Saves the Day and Diary of a South Beach Love Saves PDF/EPUB or Party Girl Her latest project is Curl Up with a Cat Tale, a first of its kind monthly short story series, featuring an all new and all true humorous and heartfelt tale each and every month about life with her world famous fur family See my website, gwencooper cat tales, fordetails and a % discount Her work has been published in nearly two dozen languages Gwen lives in Manhattan with her husband, Laurence She also lives with her two perfect cats Clayton the Tripod and his litter mate, Fanny who aren t impressed with any of it.



10 thoughts on “Love Saves the Day

  1. Gina Gina says:

    As a person who rescues cats, this book got me just by looking at its cover However, the story told in the pages, was even better than the cover.If you ve ever wondered what your pet was thinking, especially a cat, this fur baby voicing his opinion in this book will enlighten you and entertain you, make you laugh, and touch your heartstrings.Prudence is the star of the book, and the one telling the story She meets the human she was meant to adopt when she was only a mere 5 weeks old and sittin As a person who rescues cats, this book got me just by looking at its cover However, the story told in the pages, was even better than the cover.If you ve ever wondered what your pet was thinking, especially a cat, this fur baby voicing his opinion in this book will enlighten you and entertain you, make you laugh, and touch your heartstrings.Prudence is the star of the book, and the one telling the story She meets the human she was meant to adopt when she was only a mere 5 weeks old and sitting in an abandoned construction site Sarah takes Prudence into her warm embrace and Prudence loves her right back Prudence s life, however, takes a decidedly unpleasant turn some years later when Sarah fails to return home from work Sarah knows how important maintaining a schedule is to Prudence, so Prudence knows something is wrong, especially when Laura, Sarah s daughter, who rarely shows up, comes into the home bearing boxes Prudence is uprooted from her home and finds herself living in an apartment with humans she hardly knows and much worse they don t know her routine and schedule Training them will takepatience than Prudence may have.This is a delightful book and one I intend to read over and over

  2. Reese Reese says:

    There s only one reason why I chose to read a book with a title that could make a person who doesn t work for a greeting card company puke Its author, Gwen Cooper, wrote Homer s Odyssey, an unforgettable eight out of five star book at least in my book That being the case, how bad could this new novel be But its title is oh crap Love Saves the Day But Gwen Cooper wrote it But But But Ceasefire Harold Kushner, stop holding back already there s a market for There s only one reason why I chose to read a book with a title that could make a person who doesn t work for a greeting card company puke Its author, Gwen Cooper, wrote Homer s Odyssey, an unforgettable eight out of five star book at least in my book That being the case, how bad could this new novel be But its title is oh crap Love Saves the Day But Gwen Cooper wrote it But But But Ceasefire Harold Kushner, stop holding back already there s a market for When Bad Titles Happen to Good Books or When Good Books Happen to Bad Titles What,HK Not gonna happen Okay, so I ll put a nickel on the author s end of the seesaw Game over I ll read the book.But alas, I didn t read the book I decided to abandon my sensible suspicions and listen to the opinions of others Or perhaps I was preparing for the highly unlikely possibility that I will discover that I m a direct descendant of Oedipus and that someday guilt is going to make me poke out my eyes In such a situation, wouldn t being accustomed to listening to audiobooks be advantageous Besides, the paperback edition which I would have bought hasn t been released yet Listening to Love Saves the Day validated every reason why I ve never wanted to hear a novel instead of holding it in my hands and using sticky paper to mark noteworthy lines and analyzing what I can stare at and hearing voices originating in my own mind I don t want this review to become an assessment of the audiobook s reader, about whose faults I could write a muchspecific review than I can of Cooper s book However, Cooper s words are, unfortunately, not in front of me and the reader s voices are with me To folks interested in listening to the audiobook, I must offer a warning Don t let those voices enter your head Giving four stars to Love Saves the Day required imagining my responses to a text Perhaps I m overrating it because I want to believe that the reader is irritating enough to ruin even an extraordinarily good novel Love Saves the Day is sappy, but not to the degree that the title suggests and, frankly, I can easily swallow a measured dose of sap Despite the picture on the cover case and the importance of two cats in the novel, one of which is used to narrate several chapters, a reader s attitude toward cats is not likely to determine whether or not s he appreciates the work If you ve lost one or both parents, if you ve delayed mourning the loss, if you ve allowed a moment in the past to shape present relationships, or if you ve known the enduring pain of certain missed opportunities, then this book is for you as it was for me Fellow cat lovers, unlike Homer s Odyssey, Love Saves the Day is really not about the cat You re disappointed Get over it Gwen Cooper already wrote a book about a cat, and it was as good as a cat story gets

  3. Kat (Lost in Neverland) Kat (Lost in Neverland) says:

    Gwen Cooper is coming out with another cat book The very same woman who wrote

  4. Rachel Rachel says:

    Well, now that I ve stopped sobbing, let s get to the review A lot of people will look at the title and cover of this book, note that the story is told in part from the point of view of a cat, and then bypass it That s unfortunate because there s nothing gimmicky or cheesy about Love Saves the Day it s a well constructed, affecting novel about grief, regret, and reconciling with the past This is the story of Laura and her mother Sarah, whose close and loving relationship become almost irrepa Well, now that I ve stopped sobbing, let s get to the review A lot of people will look at the title and cover of this book, note that the story is told in part from the point of view of a cat, and then bypass it That s unfortunate because there s nothing gimmicky or cheesy about Love Saves the Day it s a well constructed, affecting novel about grief, regret, and reconciling with the past This is the story of Laura and her mother Sarah, whose close and loving relationship become almost irreparably strained on the day in 1995 when the building they lived in on Manhattan s Lower East Side was condemned and Laura, then 15, and Sarah were forced to move As the book opens, Laura is almost 30, newly married, and on the partnership track at a white shoe law firm, when Sarah suddenly dies of a heart condition Laura knew nothing about Sarah has left instructions that her cat Prudence is to live with Laura, and it s through Prudence s eyes as she tries to figures out where Sarah has gone and how she can make her come back that we see how awkward the mother and daughter were with each other, Sarah chattering away nervously during Laura s infrequent visits and Laura s sudden flashes of anger or annoyance As the story progresses, the point of view shifts to Laura s and then to Sarah s, and the terrible events of the day in 1995 are, after earlier oblique references, finally revealed.In the hands of a lesser writer, I think the characters could easily have devolved into caricatures the bohemian mom and her career driven daughter but Cooper is a talented and subtle writer and instead gives us two fully realized people and does an equally good job with Prudence the cat and the other humans who play smaller but important roles in the story There are no villains here aside from the faceless real estate developers and maybe Rudy Giuliani , only ordinary people doing their best to get through life, sometimes falling down, and sometimes finding that soldiering on contains its own kind of grace Not to get sappy and weird about it because they are, after all, fictional characters, but in the week since I finished the book, I find myself missing them all a little Love Saves the Day might be wrongly dismissed as a cat book, and so I don t know if Cooper will reach an audience wider than the one she gained after Homer s Odyssey, but she definitely deserves to

  5. Preeti Preeti says:

    This book is definitely recommended for cat lovers but I m not sure how non cat fans would take to it The story is mostly told from the perspective of Prudence, a brown tabby, who s been uprooted from her home and her human and taken to live elsewhere She doesn t realize what s happened and why she has to live with the daughter of her owner.It was a bit slow to start and it took some time to get used to the cutesy way the cat would explain things Some stuff was beyond cutesy, venturing in This book is definitely recommended for cat lovers but I m not sure how non cat fans would take to it The story is mostly told from the perspective of Prudence, a brown tabby, who s been uprooted from her home and her human and taken to live elsewhere She doesn t realize what s happened and why she has to live with the daughter of her owner.It was a bit slow to start and it took some time to get used to the cutesy way the cat would explain things Some stuff was beyond cutesy, venturing into the annoying territory But the story picked up maybe midway through and I started to enjoy it One thing that I did find jarring was all of a sudden one of the chapters was from the perspective of another character or told from third person After a bunch of chapters from the cat s perspective, this felt like cheating even though the story probably couldn t have advanced the way the author wanted without this.One really interesting and anger inducing thing I learned from this book was the real story of a tenement building in NYC that was demolished in the 90s without any notice given to its residents I thought that kind of thing only happened in other countries, and it was really astonishing to learn that it happened right here in the US, in the 1990s, in NYC I m planning to learnabout that incident I liked that the book included an acknowledgements section in which the author listed some of the books that helped her write this one, such as books about music, the Lower East Side, and Alphabet City.I m giving this 3.5 stars, mostly for the last 1 3 of the book, which I enjoyed.Note I received this from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program

  6. Pamela Barrett Pamela Barrett says:

    I must confess I mof a dog person, although I ve been owned by a few cats in my lifetime When I got this book as a break from my usual dog books, I thought it would be a sweet quirky story from a cat s point of view I was wrong It does start out that way with Prudence the cat narrating, but this is so much , as the author winds her story between the cat, the mother and the daughter s memories Love Saves the Day is about the things left unsaid, miscommunications and how everyone r I must confess I mof a dog person, although I ve been owned by a few cats in my lifetime When I got this book as a break from my usual dog books, I thought it would be a sweet quirky story from a cat s point of view I was wrong It does start out that way with Prudence the cat narrating, but this is so much , as the author winds her story between the cat, the mother and the daughter s memories Love Saves the Day is about the things left unsaid, miscommunications and how everyone remembers things differently I loved it every heart tugging page All the characters seemed like someone I ve known, almost like family Anyone who has loved a cat, or who has suffered a loss will be touched by this story There s an extra bonus for music lovers of the 1960 s 1990 s especially those that remember the New York music scene in late 1970 s Prudence is named for a Beatle song, now try and get that out of your head, I keep humming Dear Prudence Since I didn t know who Gwen Cooper was before I read this book, I now need to go back and readby her Definite 5 stars for this heart tugging story of love after loss

  7. Kirsti Kirsti says:

    I have wanted to buy this book for YEARS No, seriously Every time I saw it on my to read list, I d grit my teeth and plan to buy it, but it just never happened I knew when I finally put it on an online order a few weeks ago that I wanted to read it right away I m glad I did I loved Gwen s true story of Homer, and I knew that I would love the fictional Prudence as well Gwen just knows cats, and I liked how she made Prudence think and interact with her humans I adored the way the story soft I have wanted to buy this book for YEARS No, seriously Every time I saw it on my to read list, I d grit my teeth and plan to buy it, but it just never happened I knew when I finally put it on an online order a few weeks ago that I wanted to read it right away I m glad I did I loved Gwen s true story of Homer, and I knew that I would love the fictional Prudence as well Gwen just knows cats, and I liked how she made Prudence think and interact with her humans I adored the way the story softly drew you in, until you just HAD to know what happened, and what would happen Plus, it s just so damn sad in places that you can t help but be drawn in I sure was My only shame is how long it took me to hunt down this book and read it I loved it, and I m sure if you love cats then you will too Five stars

  8. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    Told in three different points of view, Love Saves the Day though at times heart breaking and thought provoking did not do much for me in the end.This story is told from three points of view The first POV is from Sarah a 40 plus year old woman living in the Lower East Side in Manhattan The second POV is told from Laura, Sarah s slightly estranged daughter And the third POV is told from Sarah s cat Prudence s point of view The most engaging perspective for me by far was any chapters told from Told in three different points of view, Love Saves the Day though at times heart breaking and thought provoking did not do much for me in the end.This story is told from three points of view The first POV is from Sarah a 40 plus year old woman living in the Lower East Side in Manhattan The second POV is told from Laura, Sarah s slightly estranged daughter And the third POV is told from Sarah s cat Prudence s point of view The most engaging perspective for me by far was any chapters told from Prudence s point of view I smiled, laughed, and teared up a few time Reading Prudence and how she and Sarah are roommates and how Sarah and Prudence first found each other was very sweet I was very fascinated by Sarah s life before and after she had Laura and I wish that Ms Cooper had devotedtime to developing Sarah s back story To read abut how Sarah was involved in the music scene in the 1970s and her life as a record store owner Laura s chapters until almost the very end really were just frustrating to read What led to Laura s partial estrangement from Sarah honestly doesn t make a lot of sense after you read the story If anything once you read the full story you kind of want to shake Laura and tell her to get over it If Ms Cooper had told the entire story from Prudence s point of view I think this would have been a five star book hands down I think it also didn t help that Prudence and Sarah s chapters were told from the first person point of view and Laura s chapters were told in the third person I think that hurt my ability to connect with Laura The plot really is about Prudence and how she came to live with Sarah and Laura and how Laura ultimately is able to come to terms with her past When the story is told from Prudence s point of view the writing at times is haughty, self absorbed, funny, and wise So pretty much it sounds like how a cat would sound.Stories told in Laura s voice includes writing that I find to be flat and boring at times I think it s because as I said earlier it was told in the third person point of view so it was hard to engage with her story.The pacing was off too since we go from present, to past, to present and back again depending on who is speaking in the chapter you are reading.The setting of the Lower East Side really feels like a living and breathing place I think that Ms Cooper including a real life event of a building being condemned and torn down in a manner of hours in 1998 made things feel evenalive I wish that Ms Cooper had added indetails of Sarah s life during the Disco era in New York I found it so interesting The ending was done very well and I liked how things were not just automatically tied up with a great big bow at the end We realize that Laura and her family are still having to deal with some pretty big events soon and not everything is settled.Though I think that this may not be a story for everyone I do think parts of it worked pretty well I definitely think this is a 3.5 star book

  9. Anna Anna says:

    I loved Gwen s other book,

  10. Jen Jen says:

    As a human who is owned by a very feisty and opinionated cat, I truly loved that this book is in part narrated by Prudence the cat She has such a personality It is also heartbreaking to know right away that Prudence s Most Important Person has died and isn t coming back Fortunately, Prudence s owner s daughter Laura adopts Prudence and while as a human narrator we know it s going to be okay, seeing the move and the grieving of daughter for estranged mother is heartbreaking Laura is a newly As a human who is owned by a very feisty and opinionated cat, I truly loved that this book is in part narrated by Prudence the cat She has such a personality It is also heartbreaking to know right away that Prudence s Most Important Person has died and isn t coming back Fortunately, Prudence s owner s daughter Laura adopts Prudence and while as a human narrator we know it s going to be okay, seeing the move and the grieving of daughter for estranged mother is heartbreaking Laura is a newlywed, has been estranged from her mother for years and a terrible workaholic As all these stories unfold, and Prudence starts to see herself as Laura s comfort, and then begins to recognize Laura as her Most Important Person I giggled and cried and just couldn t stop reading Whether you are owned by a cat or not this is a great story, but if you are owned by a cat, you will love it even

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10 thoughts on “Love Saves the Day

  1. Gina Gina says:

    As a person who rescues cats, this book got me just by looking at its cover However, the story told in the pages, was even better than the cover.If you ve ever wondered what your pet was thinking, especially a cat, this fur baby voicing his opinion in this book will enlighten you and entertain you, make you laugh, and touch your heartstrings.Prudence is the star of the book, and the one telling the story She meets the human she was meant to adopt when she was only a mere 5 weeks old and sittin As a person who rescues cats, this book got me just by looking at its cover However, the story told in the pages, was even better than the cover.If you ve ever wondered what your pet was thinking, especially a cat, this fur baby voicing his opinion in this book will enlighten you and entertain you, make you laugh, and touch your heartstrings.Prudence is the star of the book, and the one telling the story She meets the human she was meant to adopt when she was only a mere 5 weeks old and sitting in an abandoned construction site Sarah takes Prudence into her warm embrace and Prudence loves her right back Prudence s life, however, takes a decidedly unpleasant turn some years later when Sarah fails to return home from work Sarah knows how important maintaining a schedule is to Prudence, so Prudence knows something is wrong, especially when Laura, Sarah s daughter, who rarely shows up, comes into the home bearing boxes Prudence is uprooted from her home and finds herself living in an apartment with humans she hardly knows and much worse they don t know her routine and schedule Training them will takepatience than Prudence may have.This is a delightful book and one I intend to read over and over

  2. Reese Reese says:

    There s only one reason why I chose to read a book with a title that could make a person who doesn t work for a greeting card company puke Its author, Gwen Cooper, wrote Homer s Odyssey, an unforgettable eight out of five star book at least in my book That being the case, how bad could this new novel be But its title is oh crap Love Saves the Day But Gwen Cooper wrote it But But But Ceasefire Harold Kushner, stop holding back already there s a market for There s only one reason why I chose to read a book with a title that could make a person who doesn t work for a greeting card company puke Its author, Gwen Cooper, wrote Homer s Odyssey, an unforgettable eight out of five star book at least in my book That being the case, how bad could this new novel be But its title is oh crap Love Saves the Day But Gwen Cooper wrote it But But But Ceasefire Harold Kushner, stop holding back already there s a market for When Bad Titles Happen to Good Books or When Good Books Happen to Bad Titles What,HK Not gonna happen Okay, so I ll put a nickel on the author s end of the seesaw Game over I ll read the book.But alas, I didn t read the book I decided to abandon my sensible suspicions and listen to the opinions of others Or perhaps I was preparing for the highly unlikely possibility that I will discover that I m a direct descendant of Oedipus and that someday guilt is going to make me poke out my eyes In such a situation, wouldn t being accustomed to listening to audiobooks be advantageous Besides, the paperback edition which I would have bought hasn t been released yet Listening to Love Saves the Day validated every reason why I ve never wanted to hear a novel instead of holding it in my hands and using sticky paper to mark noteworthy lines and analyzing what I can stare at and hearing voices originating in my own mind I don t want this review to become an assessment of the audiobook s reader, about whose faults I could write a muchspecific review than I can of Cooper s book However, Cooper s words are, unfortunately, not in front of me and the reader s voices are with me To folks interested in listening to the audiobook, I must offer a warning Don t let those voices enter your head Giving four stars to Love Saves the Day required imagining my responses to a text Perhaps I m overrating it because I want to believe that the reader is irritating enough to ruin even an extraordinarily good novel Love Saves the Day is sappy, but not to the degree that the title suggests and, frankly, I can easily swallow a measured dose of sap Despite the picture on the cover case and the importance of two cats in the novel, one of which is used to narrate several chapters, a reader s attitude toward cats is not likely to determine whether or not s he appreciates the work If you ve lost one or both parents, if you ve delayed mourning the loss, if you ve allowed a moment in the past to shape present relationships, or if you ve known the enduring pain of certain missed opportunities, then this book is for you as it was for me Fellow cat lovers, unlike Homer s Odyssey, Love Saves the Day is really not about the cat You re disappointed Get over it Gwen Cooper already wrote a book about a cat, and it was as good as a cat story gets

  3. Kat (Lost in Neverland) Kat (Lost in Neverland) says:

    Gwen Cooper is coming out with another cat book The very same woman who wrote

  4. Rachel Rachel says:

    Well, now that I ve stopped sobbing, let s get to the review A lot of people will look at the title and cover of this book, note that the story is told in part from the point of view of a cat, and then bypass it That s unfortunate because there s nothing gimmicky or cheesy about Love Saves the Day it s a well constructed, affecting novel about grief, regret, and reconciling with the past This is the story of Laura and her mother Sarah, whose close and loving relationship become almost irrepa Well, now that I ve stopped sobbing, let s get to the review A lot of people will look at the title and cover of this book, note that the story is told in part from the point of view of a cat, and then bypass it That s unfortunate because there s nothing gimmicky or cheesy about Love Saves the Day it s a well constructed, affecting novel about grief, regret, and reconciling with the past This is the story of Laura and her mother Sarah, whose close and loving relationship become almost irreparably strained on the day in 1995 when the building they lived in on Manhattan s Lower East Side was condemned and Laura, then 15, and Sarah were forced to move As the book opens, Laura is almost 30, newly married, and on the partnership track at a white shoe law firm, when Sarah suddenly dies of a heart condition Laura knew nothing about Sarah has left instructions that her cat Prudence is to live with Laura, and it s through Prudence s eyes as she tries to figures out where Sarah has gone and how she can make her come back that we see how awkward the mother and daughter were with each other, Sarah chattering away nervously during Laura s infrequent visits and Laura s sudden flashes of anger or annoyance As the story progresses, the point of view shifts to Laura s and then to Sarah s, and the terrible events of the day in 1995 are, after earlier oblique references, finally revealed.In the hands of a lesser writer, I think the characters could easily have devolved into caricatures the bohemian mom and her career driven daughter but Cooper is a talented and subtle writer and instead gives us two fully realized people and does an equally good job with Prudence the cat and the other humans who play smaller but important roles in the story There are no villains here aside from the faceless real estate developers and maybe Rudy Giuliani , only ordinary people doing their best to get through life, sometimes falling down, and sometimes finding that soldiering on contains its own kind of grace Not to get sappy and weird about it because they are, after all, fictional characters, but in the week since I finished the book, I find myself missing them all a little Love Saves the Day might be wrongly dismissed as a cat book, and so I don t know if Cooper will reach an audience wider than the one she gained after Homer s Odyssey, but she definitely deserves to

  5. Preeti Preeti says:

    This book is definitely recommended for cat lovers but I m not sure how non cat fans would take to it The story is mostly told from the perspective of Prudence, a brown tabby, who s been uprooted from her home and her human and taken to live elsewhere She doesn t realize what s happened and why she has to live with the daughter of her owner.It was a bit slow to start and it took some time to get used to the cutesy way the cat would explain things Some stuff was beyond cutesy, venturing in This book is definitely recommended for cat lovers but I m not sure how non cat fans would take to it The story is mostly told from the perspective of Prudence, a brown tabby, who s been uprooted from her home and her human and taken to live elsewhere She doesn t realize what s happened and why she has to live with the daughter of her owner.It was a bit slow to start and it took some time to get used to the cutesy way the cat would explain things Some stuff was beyond cutesy, venturing into the annoying territory But the story picked up maybe midway through and I started to enjoy it One thing that I did find jarring was all of a sudden one of the chapters was from the perspective of another character or told from third person After a bunch of chapters from the cat s perspective, this felt like cheating even though the story probably couldn t have advanced the way the author wanted without this.One really interesting and anger inducing thing I learned from this book was the real story of a tenement building in NYC that was demolished in the 90s without any notice given to its residents I thought that kind of thing only happened in other countries, and it was really astonishing to learn that it happened right here in the US, in the 1990s, in NYC I m planning to learnabout that incident I liked that the book included an acknowledgements section in which the author listed some of the books that helped her write this one, such as books about music, the Lower East Side, and Alphabet City.I m giving this 3.5 stars, mostly for the last 1 3 of the book, which I enjoyed.Note I received this from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program

  6. Pamela Barrett Pamela Barrett says:

    I must confess I mof a dog person, although I ve been owned by a few cats in my lifetime When I got this book as a break from my usual dog books, I thought it would be a sweet quirky story from a cat s point of view I was wrong It does start out that way with Prudence the cat narrating, but this is so much , as the author winds her story between the cat, the mother and the daughter s memories Love Saves the Day is about the things left unsaid, miscommunications and how everyone r I must confess I mof a dog person, although I ve been owned by a few cats in my lifetime When I got this book as a break from my usual dog books, I thought it would be a sweet quirky story from a cat s point of view I was wrong It does start out that way with Prudence the cat narrating, but this is so much , as the author winds her story between the cat, the mother and the daughter s memories Love Saves the Day is about the things left unsaid, miscommunications and how everyone remembers things differently I loved it every heart tugging page All the characters seemed like someone I ve known, almost like family Anyone who has loved a cat, or who has suffered a loss will be touched by this story There s an extra bonus for music lovers of the 1960 s 1990 s especially those that remember the New York music scene in late 1970 s Prudence is named for a Beatle song, now try and get that out of your head, I keep humming Dear Prudence Since I didn t know who Gwen Cooper was before I read this book, I now need to go back and readby her Definite 5 stars for this heart tugging story of love after loss

  7. Kirsti Kirsti says:

    I have wanted to buy this book for YEARS No, seriously Every time I saw it on my to read list, I d grit my teeth and plan to buy it, but it just never happened I knew when I finally put it on an online order a few weeks ago that I wanted to read it right away I m glad I did I loved Gwen s true story of Homer, and I knew that I would love the fictional Prudence as well Gwen just knows cats, and I liked how she made Prudence think and interact with her humans I adored the way the story soft I have wanted to buy this book for YEARS No, seriously Every time I saw it on my to read list, I d grit my teeth and plan to buy it, but it just never happened I knew when I finally put it on an online order a few weeks ago that I wanted to read it right away I m glad I did I loved Gwen s true story of Homer, and I knew that I would love the fictional Prudence as well Gwen just knows cats, and I liked how she made Prudence think and interact with her humans I adored the way the story softly drew you in, until you just HAD to know what happened, and what would happen Plus, it s just so damn sad in places that you can t help but be drawn in I sure was My only shame is how long it took me to hunt down this book and read it I loved it, and I m sure if you love cats then you will too Five stars

  8. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    Told in three different points of view, Love Saves the Day though at times heart breaking and thought provoking did not do much for me in the end.This story is told from three points of view The first POV is from Sarah a 40 plus year old woman living in the Lower East Side in Manhattan The second POV is told from Laura, Sarah s slightly estranged daughter And the third POV is told from Sarah s cat Prudence s point of view The most engaging perspective for me by far was any chapters told from Told in three different points of view, Love Saves the Day though at times heart breaking and thought provoking did not do much for me in the end.This story is told from three points of view The first POV is from Sarah a 40 plus year old woman living in the Lower East Side in Manhattan The second POV is told from Laura, Sarah s slightly estranged daughter And the third POV is told from Sarah s cat Prudence s point of view The most engaging perspective for me by far was any chapters told from Prudence s point of view I smiled, laughed, and teared up a few time Reading Prudence and how she and Sarah are roommates and how Sarah and Prudence first found each other was very sweet I was very fascinated by Sarah s life before and after she had Laura and I wish that Ms Cooper had devotedtime to developing Sarah s back story To read abut how Sarah was involved in the music scene in the 1970s and her life as a record store owner Laura s chapters until almost the very end really were just frustrating to read What led to Laura s partial estrangement from Sarah honestly doesn t make a lot of sense after you read the story If anything once you read the full story you kind of want to shake Laura and tell her to get over it If Ms Cooper had told the entire story from Prudence s point of view I think this would have been a five star book hands down I think it also didn t help that Prudence and Sarah s chapters were told from the first person point of view and Laura s chapters were told in the third person I think that hurt my ability to connect with Laura The plot really is about Prudence and how she came to live with Sarah and Laura and how Laura ultimately is able to come to terms with her past When the story is told from Prudence s point of view the writing at times is haughty, self absorbed, funny, and wise So pretty much it sounds like how a cat would sound.Stories told in Laura s voice includes writing that I find to be flat and boring at times I think it s because as I said earlier it was told in the third person point of view so it was hard to engage with her story.The pacing was off too since we go from present, to past, to present and back again depending on who is speaking in the chapter you are reading.The setting of the Lower East Side really feels like a living and breathing place I think that Ms Cooper including a real life event of a building being condemned and torn down in a manner of hours in 1998 made things feel evenalive I wish that Ms Cooper had added indetails of Sarah s life during the Disco era in New York I found it so interesting The ending was done very well and I liked how things were not just automatically tied up with a great big bow at the end We realize that Laura and her family are still having to deal with some pretty big events soon and not everything is settled.Though I think that this may not be a story for everyone I do think parts of it worked pretty well I definitely think this is a 3.5 star book

  9. Anna Anna says:

    I loved Gwen s other book,

  10. Jen Jen says:

    As a human who is owned by a very feisty and opinionated cat, I truly loved that this book is in part narrated by Prudence the cat She has such a personality It is also heartbreaking to know right away that Prudence s Most Important Person has died and isn t coming back Fortunately, Prudence s owner s daughter Laura adopts Prudence and while as a human narrator we know it s going to be okay, seeing the move and the grieving of daughter for estranged mother is heartbreaking Laura is a newly As a human who is owned by a very feisty and opinionated cat, I truly loved that this book is in part narrated by Prudence the cat She has such a personality It is also heartbreaking to know right away that Prudence s Most Important Person has died and isn t coming back Fortunately, Prudence s owner s daughter Laura adopts Prudence and while as a human narrator we know it s going to be okay, seeing the move and the grieving of daughter for estranged mother is heartbreaking Laura is a newlywed, has been estranged from her mother for years and a terrible workaholic As all these stories unfold, and Prudence starts to see herself as Laura s comfort, and then begins to recognize Laura as her Most Important Person I giggled and cried and just couldn t stop reading Whether you are owned by a cat or not this is a great story, but if you are owned by a cat, you will love it even

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