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
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.
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.
part time gourmet, full time nerd
The performance was decent, but there were several times when the reader didn't like the way she delivered the line and read it again. Clearly there was no editing done, or not enough and it really threw me off the story. *Attempting to not leak spoilers* The antagonist was so frustrating, I really hoped he wouldn't find redemption.
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.
Love to read. So much in fact that I've become a writer. I have fifteen published Christian romances.
In her story Linda Francis Lee has taken fiction to an entirely different realm. I look forward to reading more.
I absolutely LOVED this book. Charming, delightful---and most definitely not my usual genre. But because it was a Daily Deal, I checked out the storyline and reviews and thought, what the heck. I'm so glad I did! I will definitely be recommending this one to my friends and looking at this author's other books.
The narrators were fantastic, but i did not like the story as much. The main characters were not as warm and likable as I prefer. I did not find myself really caring what happened at the end, which makes it hard to stick with. The ending was actually pretty good, but the whole story was just kind of "blah" for me. I am looking forward to listening to these narrators again though.
This is one where you need to seriously suspend disbelief--and the story could have gotten beyond ridiculous. But: the characters are so richly drawn and the writing is so good that you happily accept the man in a dog's body and can't wait to see how the plot develops. Yes, it's chick-lit, but with strong, smart women you can root for and men who are more than cardboard cut outs. Recommend!
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