He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.
Suddenly, Emily is forced on a journey to find out who her husband really was... all the while feeling that somehow he isn't really gone. And what if he isn't?
Angry, hurt, and sometimes betrayed by loving memories of the man she lost, Emily finds comfort in a scruffy dog named Einstein. But is Einstein's seemingly odd determination that she save herself enough to make Emily confront her own past? Can he help her find a future - even after she meets a new man?
©2011 Linda Francis Lee (P)2011 Tantor
Nice little story about second chances. My male friend is always telling me I am too nice. I have always thought I was just doing the right thing. Think I will just keep being me and maybe I will not have to come back in any reincarnation. On the other hand he will come back as a jack ass if life is fair.
What a clever angle from which to examine a relationship. Characters Well drawn, if at extreme poles, lighthearted and entertaining, fun to read. Nothing earthshaking about the main characters. When Mac, a minor character revealedc his feelings about surviving 9-11, I wished the story were more about him. I was in need of an easy read just now, and this book left me in a happy place.
I like Linda Francis Lee's other audiobooks, so I was hoping to like this one too. But......unfortunately, that didn't happen. The premise in a nutshell: Emily's husband dies and comes back as a dog named Einstein. His mind is in tact and he remains the pompous jerk that he was in life....but as a dog.
This is one of those books that could be an easy, middle-of-the-road listen if the narrators were good. I actually found Cassandra Campbell to be great. Her reading really gave some depth to the Emily character that I think could have been lost with a lesser reader. But, Dan John Miller, was terrible! He paused at weird times, pronounced things incorrectly (a brown stone, instead of brownstone) and had an uneven pace. It really took me out of the book whenever his reading came. I was wishing that CC just read the male part too.
Overall, not terrible.....just not great or as good as her other books.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Giving my mind a break from weightier historical fiction and crime novels, I gave Emily and Einstein a listen. Still meaty enough, yet light enough not require every brain cell, the book was just right. A little far-fetched fantasy (pardon the pun) where an almost dead husband is turned into a pooch never hurt anyone. Also, as a woman having tried to balance being a wife, mother and full time career during the 1970's, I found it quite refreshing to hear that Emily and Jordan's mother, a pioneer in the women's lib movement came to the startling realization that she COULDN'T do it all . . . just like we all did. I'm a lover of children's books, too . . . just as Emily is . . . so I found the book a very enjoyable detour.
This book is funny, clever, insightful, and filled with nuggets that make you think and warm your heart. I did not want this book to end. I wanted to be a part of Emily's life. I am still smiling!!
I loved this book! tThe book and story itself are well worth buying and reading, but listening to this with these amazing actors reading and creating the two main characters made it so good! The man doing the voice of Einstein was better than I would have imagined that character. He made me be completely entertained by what is basically a despicable person. Bravo to all of them!
For the most part, this book was a good read. there were a few parts that I felt didn't follow the story. And I felt like there was way too much emphasis on the characters' mothers. I just really wasn't interested in them. And the love interest didn't make a lot of sense. He seemed of of place in this book. But the parts about Einstein, or from his point of view, were charming and often funny. And Emily was a very good character also.
I love to read stories with a little mystery in them. Kate Morton is an excellent writer and I look forward to reading her newest book.
I really enjoyed this book! It was funny most of the time. I can't say more or I'll spoil this review!
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