Review: Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee (Rating 4.5 Wine Glasses)

Posted March 24, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 7 Comments


From Goodreads:  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?

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Actual Rating 4.5

What I Loved: To put it simply and really there is no other way to describe this book. This was a well-written, well-told, and well-delivered story from start to finish. It is different from what I normally read, yet it had all those elements I crave in a story.  I haven’t read Linda Francis Lee before but after this book I will be checking her out.  This wasn’t simply a story about a woman (Emily) getting over the loss of her husband.  This was more of a story about a woman figuring out her life once everything comes crashing down on her.  Einstein/Sandy was another story all together (though they weaved together perfectly).  His was one of a man who thought he was everything and realizing that he had a lot to learn. In his dog form, he really did have to learn to think of others before himself (to be honest, I didn’t think he was going to get it right)!

What I Liked: The cast of side characters were great counterparts for this story.  They made each of the mains acknowledge where they were in the moment and helped them grow exponentially as individuals.  

Complaints: (sorry this will be a little spoiler-ish) I kind of thought the Max story just dropped off and then he popped up at the end again. It just bugged me a little bit but not enough to take away from the overall story of the book.

Why I gave it a 4.5:  I would pretty much recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story with great emotion.

Who would I recommend this too: General Fiction readers who like heartfelt stories of learning to live, second chances, and forgiveness! 

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7 responses to “Review: Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee (Rating 4.5 Wine Glasses)

  1. Melissa (Books and T

    Oh… I thought this was more of a dog story. I usually avoid those because they tend to kill the dog in the end, but this one sounds different. Interesting… Great review!

  2. Tipsy - tipsyreader.

    I've been waiting for a review of this, thank you so much!!! I think I'll have to read this one 🙂

  3. Jenny

    Oh a 4.5, this one must be good! Even though it's out of my comfort zone, I can always appreciate a well-written story with amazing characters:) And look at that little puppy on the cover, he's too cute. So the husband sticks around after his death in the form of a dog? That's kind of a creepy but also comforting thought:)

  4. Missie

    But it sounds so incredibly depressing. I think I can appreciate the idea that life doesn't wait for you to catch up, but it when it seems like too much at once, it is overwhelming, as I'm sure was the point. I'd be willing to give this one a try because I think it would be somewhat therapeutic, but probably not any time soon.

  5. Christie (The Fictio

    Great review! This sounds like an amazing story & I’m loving the adorable pup on the cover <3