Official Review: Remember Me by Linda Nija Nations

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Official Review: Remember Me by Linda Nija Nations

Post by kandscreeley » 31 Aug 2018, 16:03

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Remember Me" by Linda Nija Nations.]
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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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Post by Allyseria » 01 Sep 2018, 06:54

Thank you for the review. It sounded like a good light-hearted book until I read that Ms. Nations believed that a friend's dog was a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Did she seriously believe that? Unfortunately, this part of the story really puts me off on reading the book.

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Post by kandscreeley » 01 Sep 2018, 07:36

Allyseria wrote:
01 Sep 2018, 06:54
Thank you for the review. It sounded like a good light-hearted book until I read that Ms. Nations believed that a friend's dog was a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Did she seriously believe that? Unfortunately, this part of the story really puts me off on reading the book.
Yes. The dog communicated with her after he passed on that he was Jesus.
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Post by prhyme » 01 Sep 2018, 07:57

Your review is interesting. Talking to animals though is out of the realms of belief for me. Some fictions can just stretch credulty too far
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Post by kandscreeley » 01 Sep 2018, 08:00

prhyme wrote:
01 Sep 2018, 07:57
Your review is interesting. Talking to animals though is out of the realms of belief for me. Some fictions can just stretch credulty too far
It's not for everyone, but it was enjoyable. Thanks for commenting.
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Post by daydreaming reader » 01 Sep 2018, 14:22

This book seems like an entertaining read, that I would not take to seriously. I think its any pet owner's desire to be able to communicate with their pets. This book just presents that desire in written form. Thank you for your review.
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Post by kandscreeley » 01 Sep 2018, 14:28

daydreaming reader wrote:
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This book seems like an entertaining read, that I would not take to seriously. I think its any pet owner's desire to be able to communicate with their pets. This book just presents that desire in written form. Thank you for your review.
She does present some techniques you can use to communicate with your own animals. Thanks.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 01 Sep 2018, 16:56

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.
Wow. I have no words for this.
Otherwise, it sounds like an enjoyable book. I appreciate your interesting review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 01 Sep 2018, 17:14

Cecilia_L wrote:
01 Sep 2018, 16:56
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.
Wow. I have no words for this.
Otherwise, it sounds like an enjoyable book. I appreciate your interesting review.
I understand. Thanks for commenting.
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Post by Sen_Suzumiya » 01 Sep 2018, 20:22

Haha, I love how you tried to talk with your cat. Great review keep up the good work!
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Post by Sakilunamermaid » 01 Sep 2018, 20:26

There are many lessons to be learned from nature and animals. It takes a setback or a crossroads for you to take stock and put everything in perspective. I will check this book out.

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Post by kandscreeley » 01 Sep 2018, 21:25

Sen_Suzumiya wrote:
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Haha, I love how you tried to talk with your cat. Great review keep up the good work!
Yes, but I was not as successful as the author. 😀 Thanks for commenting.
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Post by kandscreeley » 01 Sep 2018, 21:26

Sakilunamermaid wrote:
01 Sep 2018, 20:26
There are many lessons to be learned from nature and animals. It takes a setback or a crossroads for you to take stock and put everything in perspective. I will check this book out.
You are right about that! And the animals really helped her on her journey.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 02 Sep 2018, 02:38

I also reviewed a book about animal-teachers but the author didn't have a personal relationship with the animals. I can't help but wonder if Ms. Nations is for real. Her name and experiences seem out of this world.

Thanks for sharing her story, Sarah! I think I will remember her.

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Post by kandscreeley » 02 Sep 2018, 07:36

Miriam Molina wrote:
02 Sep 2018, 02:38
I also reviewed a book about animal-teachers but the author didn't have a personal relationship with the animals. I can't help but wonder if Ms. Nations is for real. Her name and experiences seem out of this world.

Thanks for sharing her story, Sarah! I think I will remember her.
It does seem out of this world, but she presents it in a very realistic manner. Thanks for commenting.
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