After her husband’s death, Emily holds onto the idea that they had a wonderful marriage, until the day she discovers he was repeatedly unfaithful. Reeling from the truth Emily must find a way to keep her life from falling apart. But she’s not alone, she’s got her dog Einstein who has the remarkable ability to communicate with her in ways that almost seem human and that’s because Einstein is really her dead husband Sandy. Being in a dog’s body seems only fitting, because Sandy really was a mutt as a human being.
This is a book about second chances, and we discover they’re not so easy to grab onto. Sandy as Einstein must redeem himself in order to move on from daily walks and puppy chow. But he feels he’s been made to suffer a horrible injustice and his righteousness prevents him from having a crystal clear revelation about his misdeeds. In fact, he’s quite certain that everything he ever did as a human was perfect or at bare minimum justifiable. And that is was captivated me, his road to redemption doesn’t happen in one big “Ah-ha” moment, there are miles he must walk in those paws before he can see that his beastly behavior is what put him in this situation. His entire viewpoint made me think, “What did Emily ever see in him?” “How will Sandy as Einstein ever redeem himself?”
I loved this book. I loved it for its witty writing style, its touch of magic, its biting humor, its unpredictability and for its cast of characters that are perfectly right for this story. The dialogue written for Einstein is pitch perfect and whether you love him or are in disbelief because of his actions, he is a character you won’t be able to resist. Linda Francis Lee has hit the mark with Emily and Einstein. This is a clever, clever book and one I would read again.
If your significant other was to suddenly become an animal, which animal would he be?
Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television producer
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