3 out of 4 stars
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I have a cat. Her name is Marley. She frustrates me sometimes, but she's a member of my family. I talk to her like she can understand me, and at times, she meows an answer back. Ms. Nations, though, communicates much more fully with animals.
After falling off her horse and sustaining a traumatic brain injury, life as she knew it changed. She could no longer focus on more than one thing at a time. She was forced to live in the now. Animals also live in the moment. Considering her as one of their own, Linda was taken in by animals and taught valuable lessons.
One day, when running late, a skunk struts out in front of her vehicle. Now, the road is too narrow to pass the skunk, and there is no shoulder. She honks, waves, cusses at the skunk all to no avail. Finally realizing how silly the situation was, Linda broke down in giggles. At that, the skunk gladly moved from the road, simply trying to teach her to slow down.
There are many such stories throughout this book, and I enjoyed reading of Linda's adventures with animals. As time goes on, Linda gets ever more skilled at hearing what they are saying - from when they are teasing her, to when they are ready to pass on. I even found myself trying some of the communication techniques on my own cat. (I still would not qualify as Dr. Doolittle, though.)
However, there were some stories a bit out of my belief system. The biggest being that Ms. Nations believes that a friend's dog, named WeCha, was a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. For some readers, this would not be a problem. However, I know that this will keep others from choosing this story.
While there were few grammatical errors, I found some issues that I felt a professional editor could have improved. Particularly, there was some repetition that I felt was unnecessary. In addition, at the end, the author goes quickly through her life after the close of the book proper. Some major events happened in that time such as her marriage to her second husband. It just felt too rushed to try to update the reader in three short pages.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading Remember Me. The author has a fondness for animals that many of us can learn from. She also doesn't let anything hinder her. Therefore, I rate Remember Me 3 out of 4 stars. I couldn't give the book a full score due to the few issues I mentioned. I would recommend this to all true animal lovers who are spiritual (not religious) in nature.
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