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
The trials Emily seamed to overcome all of them
When Einstein finally found peace
Great great great book
The main character is a book editor, and although she often describes something as being a cliche that she would delete as an editor, it appears that the editor of this book did not see fit to do the same.
Not sure, because I only heard it - did not read it. Maybe the cliches would have been less noticeable - not sure.
A movie, yes. While listening to the book I occasionally I thought it might have been written with that in mind. I think it would really make a successful movie.
I loved the idea of the shallow jerk of a man having to live in the body of a dog… and how he ended up becoming a much better human being.
Love to listen to recorded books while driving, gardening and cleaning house!
A true literary surprise.
I particularly liked how Einstein suffered physical discomfort when he began behaving selfishly.
My favorite scene was when Einstein showed Emily the dirt on his human mom.
Oh... if only I had 12+ hours to sit and do ANYTHING, it would be to find out what Einstein would do next!
There is hope... even if you're a dog.
It was interesting enough to keep me awake on a long drive, but too unrealistic for my liking. Reincarnation as purgatory, good works getting you to "the other side," but never recognizing God.....bottom line is it's probably not a good choice for someone with strongly held religious beliefs.
The switches between characters points of view.
Yes, although sometimes Cassandra got too whispery.
It would have been nice if Emily, who is supposed to be a strong female, wasn't projected for the entire book as a weak-spined female who sounds like she is whining and whispering all the time.
The premise was ridiculous.
It was predictable all the way.
They were OK but they did not have much to work with,
The heart on the wall.
I bought this book in a $4.95 sale. Big mistake. I always finish a book. I listened to this one on 2X normal speed to get through it as quickly as possible.
The relationship between reincarnated boyfriend and main character. Hilarious in a not so funny story. Depicts people not always on their best side which is refreshing.
Yes definitely, this was my first one at a sale
Can't think of anything
Definitely. Could do all my cleaning with her stories
Some events in the story are forseeable and slightly cliched but totally acceptable. Lovely comprehension of the way the male gender works, hilariously spot on at times
It was a fluffy summer read and it did hold my attention.
Probably not. I found the characters to be not only 2-dimensional, but inconsistent. I found the book disappointing overall.
I didn't really warm to any of the characters.
When I realized that part of the narrative was a dog, I wasn't sure I would finish this book. I thought it would be a waste of time. I decided to give it a chance and I ended up liking the book more than expected. I still find Sandy coming back as a dog strange though.
I enjoyed their voices and they gave me more insight into the characters. They were what kept me listening. I know I would not have finished this book if I had read it.
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