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4.00341296928328 out of 54.00341296928328 out of 54.00341296928328 out of 54.00341296928328 out of 54.00341296928328 out of 5 4.00 (293 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gwen Cooper Narrator: Cris Dukehart Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781452681498
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charla | 9/29/2016

    " Great book! I very much enjoyed this book. I love cats and I can tell the author put a lot of effort into what a cat might think or why they do the things that they do. I will be honest and say I enjoyed another book the author has written better "Homer's Odyssey." But this book is still a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Cooper | 2/18/2014

    " This book touched so many heartstrings for me as a cat lover. The author seems to know the mind of a cat and relays so well the message of love between animals and those who love them. I cannot wait to read her first book about her blind cat Homer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 2/12/2014

    " Nice touch of fairly recent history worked thru the storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Schnigelfritzbooks | 2/8/2014

    " The author has done a superb job of creating the world from a cat's point of view. This book made me laugh, cry and everything in between. Laugh with Prudence - a cat - as she tries to navigate through a world that's not quite made for cats. Cry with Prudence as she tries to understand why her Most Important Person doesn't come home to her anymore. Sing with Prudence as she rediscovers her Most Important Person's voice. There is not a false note anywhere in this book. Granted, I am a cat lover, but there is much for a non-cat lover (how sad!) to love in this book as the humans negotiate with a sometimes troublesome real world to find forgiveness, redemption and love. This book is slated to come out in January which is too bad. It would make a wonderful gift under the Christmas tree. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheri | 1/27/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't get into it. The story moved a little to slow for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/25/2014

    " I loved that the cat had a kind of finicky personality and her new owner did too. Not the typical animal/person love story, but very touching with it's flawed people and animal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/15/2014

    " I really liked this book! It is definatly a tear jerk-er, but overall a very satisfying read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl Quackenbush | 12/24/2013

    " I'm a cat lover, so I expected to love this book like I loved the book "Dewey". I didn't. Don't think the cat narration in the book worked for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H | 12/22/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book and hated for it to end. Gwen Cooper does it again in this beautifully written story about a mother daughter relationship written from the perspective of the cat! It was a bittersweet read but any cat lover will truly enjoy this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Swanson | 12/19/2013

    " I loved this book. So hard to put it down. And a good cry at the end. Makes me want to snuggle up with my kitties. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Tharp | 12/14/2013

    " I love cats so to read a book from a cat's perspective wash funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 10/14/2013

    " Sweetest story ever. I laughed. I cried. I missed my little Minerva. Great book if you just need a happy little read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Kass | 7/3/2013

    " A sweet book that has special insight into the life of cats. The book was hard to get into because I though it was a little too sappy, but it was worth finishing. Had a good little cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/28/2013

    " I just love the cover of this book and had to enter the First Reads giveaway for it! So glad to have won and am looking forward to reading the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 3/5/2013

    " I wanted to like this book so badly. Slow moving, saccharine, kind of boring and predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 3/4/2013

    " This is a very wonderful book! I would recommend it to anyone that likes anything to do with cats. When you get towards the end of the book it could be wise to have some tissues close...you just might cry some...I know I did... "

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About the Author
Gwen Cooper is the author of the novel Diary of a South Beach Party Girl. A Miami native, she spent five years working in nonprofit administration, marketing, and fundraising. She coordinated volunteer activities on behalf of organizations including Pet Rescue, the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, the Miami Rescue Mission, and His House Children’s Home, and initiated Reading Pen Pals, an elementary school-based literacy program in Miami’s Little Haiti. Gwen currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, Laurence. She also lives with her three perfect cats–Scarlett, Vashti, and Homer--who aren’t impressed with any of it.
About the Narrator

Cris Dukehart is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. Her book readings include Wild Cat by Jennifer Ashley, Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper, Out of Bounds by Ellen Hartman, and many others. Her voice can also be heard across the country and around the world in commercials and corporate narration. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, she currently lives with her family in rural Pennsylvania.