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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 to catch a mouse that’s right in front of you is to b...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Bantam (first published 2013)
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Reese
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 "...more
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)
Gwen Cooper is coming out with another cat book?!

The very same woman who wrote Homer's Odyssey?! ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER?!

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After Reading it

Look at the cover of this book.

Look at it.

Look at the title.

Do you see what I'm seeing?

An adorable kitty looking at you with big green eyes and a nice, kind of cheesy title Love Saves the Day?

That adorable little kitty.....is a liar.


I was expecting a cute, fluffy, makes-you-feel-warm-inside kind of book.

What I got?

A slow paced, gut-wrenchingly de...more
Pamela Barrett
I must confess I’m more of 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 more, 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...more
Rachel
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...more
Preeti
Nov 11, 2012 Preeti rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cat lovers
Shelves: animals, librarything
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...more
Orsolya
As a cat person (and proud owner of the best cat in the world); I thoroughly enjoyed Gwen Cooper’s heartwarming sort-of-memoir of her relationship with Homer, her blind cat (“Homer’s Odyssey”). My enjoyment of Cooper’s prose overcame my worries of a fictional novel about a cat and I was thus eager to read, “Loves Saves the Day”.

“Loves Saves the Day” begins with a narration by a cat named Prudence (the point of view alternates throughout the novel of that of Prudence and of Laura -- who comes to...more
Schnigelfritzbooks
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,...more
Kathryn
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.
Anna
I loved Gwen's other book, Homer's Odyssey, and I'd recommend that for anyone who's thinking about getting a blind or otherwise "special" pet.
And I wanted to like this one too. This one has a kitty hero too, so it should be as likable, right? What I liked best was the perspective of Prudence, the kitty.
But there were too many things that made it much less enjoyable than Homer's Odyssey. It seemed too long considering the ingredients - perhaps a 60 page novella would have worked better. Prudenc...more
Valerie
Purrfect Purrpose: A review of Love Saves the Day.

Quite a bit has been written and remarked about the feline-perspective narration of Love Saves the Day. Being a cat lover, I was enchanted with the idea of a novel written from the cat's perspective. Would it be adorable? Would it be catacular? Or would it be an overly-long exercise in precocious cat-speak? One hopes going in to this kind of thing that the plot of the story can live up to the expectation of the idea of if all being written from a...more
Judy
Anyone who is a cat lover will enjoy this book. I am--and I did! Most of the story is told from the viewpoint of Prudence, a cat who is saved by Sarah (the first human who belongs to Prudence) and when Sarah dies Prudence goes to live with Laura, Sarah's daughter & her husband, Josh. There has been a breach between Laura & her mother dated back many years, but Laura honors her mother's wishes & gives a home to Prudence. I listened to the audio version, which I loved. I don't know whe...more
Chelsea
Giving two stars for the chapters that weren't written from the point of view of the cat (can we all just agree that having an animal narrator is a bad idea, unless maybe that animal happens to be a dinosaur?), and for describing records as "7 inches of God." Overall a very fluffy read, with too many parts that felt engineered to elicit a knee-jerk emotional response, without actually building fully-formed characters or being particularly believable.

Full disclosure - I had to read this for a bo...more
Cecilyn
I really, really, really wanted to like this book. I had heard great things about the Homer one, and when I saw this at the library I thought, awesome! Unfortunately, it just felt like the author tried too hard; it was a bit sappy for my tastes and felt more overdone than heartfelt. I did enjoy a few things, which is why I gave it a 2 rather than a 1....I loved the name Prudence and the story of how she found her human; it was one of the story lines/scenes that I enjoyed (when Prudence was found...more
Rena Mcgrath
Love Saves the Day

The story begins with Prudence, the cat describing the first she met her Most Important Person, Sarah. Prudence is homeless and living behind a concrete block in NY’s Lower East Side. To coax her out Sarah begins singing to Prudence and this is the moment when they fall in love with each other. Sarah and Prudence are together for three years until Sarah suddenly dies and is adopted by Laura, Sarah’s daughter and her husband, Josh. There is a hilarious scene about a self cleanin...more
Susan
Despite a title I actively dislike, this novel sounded like a sweet, light read that an animal lover like I am would enjoy. I disliked the beginning of the book as much as I disliked the title. This does not bode well.

The first chapter and many of the subsequent ones are written in first-person (first-cat?) by Prudence, a stray rescued by Sarah. I don't have a problem with non-human narrators, but this one was just way too cutesy for me. The “Sarah” parts are also first-person. But daughter Laur...more
Leah K
Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper

★★★★

This is a story shown mostly from a Cat’s, Prudence, point of view with a sprinkling from a couple human points of views to help with a back story. This is from the same author who brought you the true story of her blind cat, Homer, found in Homer’s Odyssey (sadly Homer passed away a couple weeks ago). While this book is NOT a true story, unlike her last, it was still a great read. It might have been over 300 pages but I had trouble putting this book down and...more
Shonna Froebel
As a cat lover, I was immediately attracted to this book, although also a bit leery. Leery because the cat is the main narrator, and some books I've read with an animal narrator aren't so good. This one is however, and I liked the cat Prudence.
As the book begins, Prudence has been living with Sarah, but Sarah hasn't been home the last few days. Eventually, Sarah's daughter Laura comes with her husband Josh and they pack up a bunch of Sarah's stuff and take Prudence home with them.
We see Prudence...more
Donna
Prudence, a 5 week old kitten, is found at a construction site in the Lower East Side of New York by a woman named Sarah. And for the next 3 years their lives are full of catnip, music and laughter. One day Sarah doesn't come home and Prudence keeps looking for her. A neighbor comes in to feed Prudence everyday. Unexpectedly, Sarah's daughter, Laura, and husband, Josh, come to the apartment and start putting things into boxes. Prudence likes boxes. Prudence wonders what is going on. She stays aw...more
James Sorensen
Disclaimer: I won this book as part of the Goodreads first-read program.

Despite the cover this book is not entirely about a cat. This book is a triptych of stories that join together to make a whole. The three parts are told by Prudence the Tabby with four white socks, Sarah who finds Prudence wild and homeless as a kitten and Laura, Sarah's Daughter, who takes care of Prudence when Sarah "doesn't come home" one day.

The story begins as Sarah fails to come home one day and Prudence see's her life...more
Pete
I must admit it is a bit strange reading some of the critiqes of this bood. Granted it is not a one sided feel good story, but, neither is it the dark writing some have alluded to. Maybe it is my world view that makes this book work for me. No life is not honey and butterflies. Yes we would like that but come on people!
It may be that non cat persons will not pick this to read and that is a shame as it will be to their loss. The human condition reflects people I have known. Prudences intention an...more
Maryellen
Prudence is a brownish tabby cat. Sarah is her Most Important Person. Laura is Sarah's daughter. Josh is Laura's husband. Simple enough, right? No. Life is never simple even when seen through the eyes of a precocious cat who just doesn't understand why her Most Important Person hasn't come home and why she needs to learn to trust someone else. More than a story told by a cat about a cat and its humans~~this is a story about the relationships between a mother and daughter and between a husband an...more
Beth
I really wanted to like this book. But, I didn't :( I loved Gwen Cooper's writing in her fabulous story about Homer, so of course I was drawn to this one. But ... it was just so darn boring. Other than the cat, Prudence, the characters are a snoozefest. I didn't connect with even one single one of them. And, the story is just so sad and dreary. It also doesn't help that I'm not interested in A) Manhattan, or B) music and/or music stores or C) issues with housing in Manhattan -- so it was like 3...more
Patricia Summers
I meant to have a review up for several days, but I've been just too busy lately. I haven't been able to read!! LOL..Anyways now on to the review.

One word! Amazing! It's such a great book. I did have trouble putting it down so I could finish up what needed to be done. I actually stayed up late to finish it. It can be a tearjerker. I teared up several times throughout the whole book. This book really made me miss someone that I lost very recently.

Gwen did such a great job with this story. I loved...more
Heather
This is a goodreads first reads win!

Grab your tissues because this book is a tear jerker. Poor Prudence (the cat and main narrator) moves in with her owner's (Sarah) daughter (Laura) and her daughter's husband (Josh) after Sarah dies. Prudence is very funny and she is confused about where Sarah is and why all of Sarah's belongings are now in Laura's apartment. You get to know about Sarah and Laura's relationship and the horrible event that took place when Laura was fourteen. You get to see Josh...more
Janina
There are so many beautiful and deep feelings in this book, it brought a lot of tears in my eyes. The adorable little cat, Prudence, is the attentive witness of the lives of her humans with their joys, their dramas, the difficulty to express their feelings of love sometimes, especially the love between a mother and her daughter separated by an incomprehension due to a tragedy. They both become Prudence's Most Important Persons. She tries to help them, to amuse them, she gives them all her love,...more
Jill
Disclaimer to start: I won this through First Reads. Thanks Bantam Books. On with the review.

Gwen Cooper's foray into writing fiction from a cat's perspective is exceptional. Prudence is the type of character that draws you in and refuses to completely let you go. Her views of the world are limited to her experience as a cat, and she's not afraid to tell you what she thinks of things. Prudence's perspective also give the book a lightness it needs at times because the issues Cooper deals with can...more
Carine
May 10, 2013 Carine rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: cats
It has been a long time since I read a novel (I read a lot of non-fiction lately), and I was delighted by this adorable and moving depiction of a troubled daughter/mother relationship... seen by a cat.

True, as some other reviews suggest, this is a perfect (purrfect?) book for cat lovers (I am one cat lover). But I think anyone opened to try it will find the kitty perspective as bringing a different light on the misunderstandings between a mother and a daughter who love each other but who barely...more
Ana
Set in New York City, this is a well-crafted novel with three distinctive POVs: a cat (Prudence), her owner, and her owner's daughter. Those expecting a light, fluffy read, will be disappointed, as this novel tackles relationship and social issues. I loved Cooper's attention to historical detail, and the story resonated with me. There are heartbreaking moments, but there are hilarious ones, as well. You don't need to be a cat person to enjoy this novel.

For those put off by the title, "Love Saves...more
Eva Bradshaw-Burnett
Gwen Cooper's writing style seems to change from book to book. It gets better and better. Love Saves the Day is set in NYC and told from three different perspectives. The first is Prudence, the kitten who was rescued three years earlier by Sarah, who has died. The second is Laura, Sarah's somewhat estranged daughter and the third is Sarah herself.

The story unfolds from each of the characters, seamlessly going back and forth amongst them. Gwen Cooper's knowledge of cat behaviour makes for an int...more
Sharon
Truly a heartwarming story! A story told by a cat, her owner and the owner's daughter and a lost love that was recaptured with the aide of a cat's wisdom and understanding of human feelings. There are moments in the story where your heart goes out to the cat when she discovers about death and reacts in a way that puts her own life at risk. I have already passed this book to family members to read. A Goodreads First Reads book I won that I truly enjoyed reading!
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