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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: 824 KB
  • Print Length: 262 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: #92,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 64 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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28 of 30 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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22 of 24 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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14 of 15 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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11 of 12 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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10 of 11 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animal lovers will love it! February 9, 2012
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This dog is everything a person would want in a companion. The author truly spells out how a dog's whole purpose in life, (from the dog's point of view), is to be there for their "guardian". I have said many times that animals have feelings and only want to be with their master. It is sad that our society still views animals as possessions. The life of this dog is very believable and I couldn't wait to turn another page. I cried in a couple of places in the book. Unfortunately one of those times was while I was in a beauty shop, so beware! I highly recommend this book and I don't do this often. Of course, I'm an animal lover. Easy to read, believable and entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Enlightening May 30, 2012
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Many people are very doubtful that dogs have the ability to communicate - or that they have feelings. Not true! In my experience with dogs (I used to train, breed and show them), I have learned so much about their world. This book is told about the adventures of a young pup growing up and finally his death. It explores his relationship with his human "guardians", but also discusses his relationship with other dogs. Friendship, loss and love are themed throughout this book. If you are a dog lover, or curious about the world of dogs - this is a great book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 1 month ago by Carol A. Marks
5.0 out of 5 stars And When He Talks - WOW!
Wonderful, heartwarming story of this dog's life told by the dog.
Published 1 month ago by Petit Gervais
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read.
Published 1 month ago by Christine Loffredo
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good book
I would have given this book a 5 star rating but for some reason I had problems reading it through the tears. Last night I stayed up much to late finishing the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joyce Flohr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great story of a dog's journey through life.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really loved it.
Published 2 months ago by bonita neubauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
At times sad with a touch of whimsy.
Published 2 months ago by Francesca Beahan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really really liked this book.. Thoughtful and thought provoking.
Published 2 months ago by Candie's Sanity
4.0 out of 5 stars I think any dog lover would enjoy this book
I am a sucker for all dog books. This made me laugh and made me cry a lot. I think any dog lover would enjoy this book. Be prepared for a good cry.
Published 2 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional ride. Enjoyed, Would recommend. A little hard to follow at...
I really enjoyed the book with the concept of being written from the dog's point of view. I like to believe that dogs can actually think and remember more than they are given... Read more
Published 2 months ago by 3bunnies
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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:
or send me an email to:

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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