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Love Saves the Day

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,339 Ratings  ·  337 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Bantam
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Aug 21, 2013 Reese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heard
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 (Lost in Neverland)
Gwen Cooper is coming out with another cat book?!

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


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 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
May 16, 2015 O rated it really liked it
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
Feb 21, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
Pamela Barrett
Dec 24, 2012 Pamela Barrett rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 11, 2012 Preeti rated it liked it
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
Nov 15, 2012 Schnigelfritzbooks rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2015 Rosemarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Saves the Day is a highly unusual book because the main character is the cat, Prudence, and it is told mostly from her point of view. I have always believed that cats are VERY misunderstood - and 90% of this book goes to prove my theory. So I was very happy to find and read it!

There is, unfortunately, some 10% of the time when Prudence does, in fact, take on that stereotypical attitude that "cats are smarter than humans." I really wish that this book had not gone there at all - but - like
Mar 10, 2013 Anna rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2013
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
Feb 09, 2013 Orsolya rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, animals
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
Nov 15, 2013 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
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
Jul 26, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
I cannot resist a book where the main character is a cat.
Feb 21, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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.
Aug 08, 2014 Chelsea rated it it was ok
Shelves: mdl-book-club
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
Jan 18, 2014 Cecilyn rated it it was ok
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
Feb 01, 2013 Rena Mcgrath rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 24, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-edition, animals
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
Leah K
Sep 04, 2013 Leah K rated it really liked it
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 I j
Nov 05, 2013 Rose rated it really liked it
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Shonna Froebel
Feb 04, 2013 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it
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
Oct 15, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
Mar 14, 2014 James Sorensen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
Mar 19, 2013 Pete rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 16, 2012 Maryellen rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 11, 2013 Beth rated it it was ok
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
Apr 29, 2013 Patricia Summers rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 01, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
Apr 16, 2015 Lynne rated it liked it
I would actually rate this book 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the book, but I think it would appeal more to cat lovers because the main character is a cat. The author tells the story from alternating points of view, including that of Prudence, the cat. In fact, Gwen Cooper does such a good job of telling the cat's thoughts and feelings, I ended up identifying more closely with Prudence than the other characters.
Feb 06, 2014 Janina rated it it was amazing
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
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