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REVIEW Emily and Einstein and by Linda Francis Lee


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.  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? 

About the Author

LINDA FRANCIS LEE is a native Texan now living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The author of twenty books that are published in sixteen countries, when Linda isn't writing she loves to run in Central Park and spend time with her husband, family, and friends.


  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312382189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312382186


Emily finds herself at a loss when her husband gets what he deserves:  death.  Ok, that was a little harsh, but the story gets better.  Sandy (the husband) has lived a life of lies with Emily and on his way to tell her he wants a divorce, a small dog cause him to lose his life.  He is offered a chance to redeem himself by returning as a dog.  The story is told in alternating chapters by Emily and Einstein (reincarnated Sandy) and is just utterly charming.  This is truly a story of redemption and Sandy is not a quick study.  He retains his selfish ways far longer than he should now that he is truly a dog.  Sandy gives a bad name to that term.

I really enjoyed reading about Emily and how she finds herself.  This is a great start to the season of chick lit with a little paranormal twist complete with a few angels that are so prevalent right now.  I really wish that Sandy's mother had gone down the same path, but I see no redemption for her.  It is really a great story about making your life your own. 


  1. I totally felt the same way about her husband as you did :) .. this was a very cool read!

  2. This sounds so cute! I'll have to add it to my reading list.

    Julie @ Read Handed (

  3. This book caught me by surprise as it's not my ususal type read. I read it and LOVED it. So glad I didn't miss out.

  4. I was hooked by the cover on this one!
    Hope Einstein is a keeper!


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