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If Only I Could Talk: A Canine Adventure [Kindle Edition]

Tony Lewis
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Book Description

Trapped in a house fire, Nelson is dying.
If only he could open the door …

Nelson whimpers his final goodbye to Rascal, his canine soulmate, their paws almost touching through the heavy glass that separates them. Succumbing to the smoke, his life drifts slowly before him …

Nelson was born deep in the French Alps, where his only worries were how snow could be both soft and hard and why it made the house sink. And whose turn it was to fetch the baguettes from the boulangerie.

So how could puppy love be so cruel? And how ever did he find himself lost and lonely in England?

His dogged wanderings eventually led him to David and his son Timothy, a young boy with autism. Life was once again full of joy.

Until now, trapped in the fire, Nelson’s luck has surely deserted him. But he can’t die yet! He has an amazing tale to tell – and an amazing tail to tell it with. And with Rascal there to help, Nelson has no choice but to survive.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

"A unique tale about a unique and adorable dog. A light-hearted and uplifting story written to appeal to readers aged ten, one hundred and ten ... and anywhere in between."
 Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoy Nelson's journey as much as he did.
 And huge thanks, too, to all of you who have left a helpful review or comment for my book.
 Best wishes.

About the Author

Tony Lewis was born and raised in the North of England, but now divides his time between there and the South of France. After homing several abandoned and stray dogs from rescue centres, If Only I Could Talk is his way of thanking them for their unfailing loyalty and friendship.

Product Details

  • File Size: 923 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049B2FQI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Only I Could Talk- A special dog's personal journey October 11, 2010
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"If Only I Could Talk" by Tony Lewis is unquestionably a heart-tugging and insightful story about one very personable dog, the people and canines he encounters during his life's journey, and the lessons he learns along the way. Told in a series of flashbacks, beginning with Nelson being trapped inside a burning house, we are introduced to this philosophical and resourceful dog and quickly grow to love him as he reflects on his memories. Born in the French Alps and adopted by a loving family, Ombre (as he was named by the Moretti family) learns to live with humans in typical puppy fashion: trial and error, and a good bit of mischief. He learns to fetch bread from a local market for his people, using a special harness like contraption strapped to his back. While he does well with the bread, the attempts to have him fetch meat from the butcher did not meet with as much success. Still, despite his occasional mistakes and canine capers, he is loved, pampered, and allowed to roam and explore and grow. He forms friendships with the local dogs, and even falls in love. But fate and human whims intervene, and his family uproots him and moves to another region of France. While there, on a fateful day at a large nature park, Ombre's penchant for the lady dogs leads him far from his family, and he is lost from them forever.

After a series of misadventures, including being chained by a cruel man and beaten, finding himself stuck in a dog pound, and then hitching a ride in a truck to England...Ombre eventually stumbles upon a park where he decides to live for awhile. It turns out the "park" is a cemetery, and is frequented by a young widower, David, and his autistic son Timothy.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Only I Could Talk August 1, 2011
By Jue
This book is definately for dog lovers, it is funny,sad and a great insight into what it is like to be a dog. This book is not just for dog lovers though - as I have only had a dog for two weeks (and that was when I was about eight years old). I can honestly say it is also a book for readers who have never been around a dog. After reading this book I feel I have a greater understanding of how a dog can bring love to a family and become a member. If only I can talk, takes you on a journey, a dog's journey in life, to France and England and to different families who become touch by another animal's presence in their life. The characters also come to life on the page, making you feel epathy and care for what will happen to them.
I could not put this book down and I feel I have become more educated in the dog world because of this. A truely delightful and must read.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Accomplishment December 31, 2010
With his lovable, furry chatacters, Mister Lewis has created an extraordinary piece of work here. It doesn't matter if you're an animal lover or not, this book will warm the stoniest of hearts. From the opening lines on, there is high-stakes, heartfelt action that is guaranteed to keep you flipping through it. Anybody who reads the first page or two will see exactly what I mean. I expect the reading public will be hearing a lot more about this uncommon accomplishment in the future.

Thomas J. Winton -- author of Beyond Nostalgia
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful, Heartwarming Tale January 8, 2012
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I laughed, I cried... and this book stayed with me after I read it. Highly recommend this one, especially for the price.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read January 7, 2012
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Originally bought this book for my iPad .Loved it so bought a hard copy as gift for my brother who is a mad keen dog lover.really enjoyed this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book October 6, 2011
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What a great story, you go on the adventure with the characters and root for the dogs the whole time. A great story for all dog lovers. Yes it will make you sad, make you laugh and make you look at your dog just a little differently. And think "what if?"
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad story. February 20, 2014
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Wanders a bit but liked the dogs' perspectives. Was VERY turned off by all the swearing that suddenly appeared about 2/3 of the way through. Would not recommend it to people I know mostly for that reason. It was totally unnecessary.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than 3 stars October 5, 2012
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Every pet owners dream is to know what their pet is thinking.
Every rescued pet has their very own story, and that is a story I, as a "mother" of rescued dogs and cats would love to know. There is something so special about the relationship between a "parent" and their rescue. That's how i feel. When i came across the title of this book, I thought to myself, that's what i'd like to know too. I have thought about what goes on in the minds of my four legged kids, what was their life like before our hey, here's a book that could enlighten me. AsI started reading, I realized that this was not a page turner, high action drama. This was a story - that truly could have been written for ANY age,
Is it a FANTASTIC book, no - but it doesn't have to be. It is a nice heartwarming read, and hopefully a nice beginning for the author!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Wonderful read
Awesome story. I cried in the beginning & end. Nelson had quite the life. Too bad he didn't tell Rascal the truth. I recommend this book to all animal lovers. Tissue needed.
Published 1 day ago by Frank Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bittersweet tale.
I loved this book! Being a dog lover myself, I immersed myself in knowing that my dog Zoe can indeed talk and would have been such a wonderful part of this story. Read more
Published 5 days ago by gloria900
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want tears of joy this will give them to you
If you want tears of joy this will give them to you. Best Book Ever!! Great item! I always buy everything from amazon. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Donna S Magee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoy any stories about animals. I particularly enjoyed this one.
Published 8 days ago by calmsharon
3.0 out of 5 stars Dogs View
This book was entertaining. The perspective being from a dogs point of view. It makes you wonder just what your pet has gone through in their life! Read more
Published 9 days ago by Granny
5.0 out of 5 stars If Only I Could Talk
Loved every minute of the book. We lost a member of our family a while ago and miss her very much everyday. Impossible to keep a dry eve.
Published 14 days ago by James K. Harmount
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 17 days ago by Linda Emery
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story. Love reading from a dog's point of ...
Beautiful story. Love reading from a dog's point of view!
Published 19 days ago by Karen Glazer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
It was such an interesting look at how dogs might see our world and how they experience things differently than us.
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dog story
Very endearing from the beginning, highly recommend this book to all dog people. wish dogs could live as long as we do.
Published 22 days ago by Donna Syphrit
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More About the Author

Tony Lewis is the author of 'If Only I Could Talk - a Canine Adventure' and 'Tales from the Hilltop - a summer in the other South of France'.

Tony was born the wrong side of four decades ago in the heavily accented heart of Northern England. He currently divides his time and wages between Portugal, the South of France, and a lesser-visited place called 'home'. He enjoys cycling and walking - quite often the latter when the hills are too steep.

To get in touch about my books or even just to say hello, please call in at my Facebook page:
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For a selection of photos from 'Tales from the Hilltop', go to my Facebook page or:

I'd like to thank all the readers out there for buying a copy of my books. And thank you ever so much to those of you who have taken the time to write an honest and constructive review - your feedback really is massively appreciated.

Very best wishes!

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