Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Book Review: Emily and Einstein

'Emily and Einstein'
Author: Linda Francis Lee


Format: Hardback
Published: St. Martin's Press; Mar. 2011
Pages: 368
Genre: Chick-lit
Grade: A
Source: Publicist


Synopsis: Lee (The Devil in Junior League) returns with a quick yet extremely predictable story of betrayal and atonement. Sandy Portman and Emily Barlow seem to lead a perfect life. Sandy is a successful businessman from an old-money family, and Emily, beautiful and smart, is quickly gaining respect in her career as a book editor. But Sandy is keeping a few secrets from Emily, and is hit by a car and killed before he has a chance to reveal the truth. In a Dickensian turn of events, he's given an otherworldly chance to make amends as a dog named Einstein. Emily adopts Einstein and he bears witness as she discovers Sandy's former duplicity, causing her life to fall apart and leaving Einstein to figure out how to save her so that he can save himself. 


My Take: We all know that every once in a while, I love to read some chick-lit! So when I wanted to read something a little lighter, Linda Francis Lee's latest novel was the perfect solution! I have never read a novel by her before, even though she has written many, and it had just enough of a twist to keep me turning the page and rooting for our main character throughout the book.


Emily of Emily and Einstein is our leading lady. She is a charming, sweet 30-something who has recently become widowed. She loved her husband, Sandy, whatever his flaws may have been, so when he suddenly passes away she is distraught and has to learn how to survive without him. She has a great publishing job but the owners have recently bought her employer out so she needs to prove herself there. Her home is under threat because of her mother-in-law and she is finding out some unsavory things about her husband the longer he has been passed.


Meanwhile, Emily had been volunteering at the animal shelter and decides she has a deep connection with one particular dog, Einstein. When he survives a horrible accident she knows she has to take him home and this connection is more than just a dog being man's best friend. It appears as though Einstein can almost speak to Emily and what's more, that she can understand him. At first, I rolled my eyes and was feeling like you have got to be kidding me, this is ridiculous! Eventually though, I let myself get wrapped up in the adorableness of the story and the relationship between Emily and Einstein and just wanted Emily to be able to survive.


At it's heart, Emily and Einstein is a survival story. Emily has to learn how to move on from her troubled past with her mother and get over her deceased husband. She has to learn how to rely on herself. The book had heart, and I loved it!


Cover Lust: Seriously, with that cute little dog with his head slightly cocked toward me? How could my heart not melt at the sight of that cover!

17 comments:

  1. I'm not much into dog or cat stories but this one sounds adorable.

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  2. I love, love, love that cover! I'm a huge animal lover. This book sounds really good.

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  3. I have this book, but haven't read it, yet. It sounds very cute. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  4. cover lust big time....so darling...and a good read to boot...right up my alley! thanks for the review!

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  5. I'm such a dog nut -- that alone is enough to make me want to read this book. I'm in a chick lit mood....wonder how fast I can get my hands on this one....

    Great thoughts, thanks!

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  6. I can't seem to find this book. B&N could have ordered it for me, but, I declined. I figure someday when visiting a bookstore it will show up. Your review was interesting, as long as the dog isn't her late husband reincarnated, it sounds like a fun read.

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  7. Not a fan of chick-lit but I'd read this for the cover alone. So adorable!

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  8. I think this sounds sweet. I like how you were able to just go with the flow and not care that the connection between Emily and the dog was unreal.

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  9. I'm not sure that the story is for me, but that cover is just adorable!

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  10. I've been drawn to this book because of that the cute dog on the cover. I'm glad to see it's so good.

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  11. My heart melts too :)
    And the book sounds good too, lol

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  12. glad to see that you enjoyed this one so much! i always love a book with heart. i'm going to have to add this one to my wishlist.

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  13. The dog is adorable!! How can you pass up that face? I've never heard of this book or this author, but you have definitely piqued my interest. Thanks!

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  14. Read this one a while ago and liked it. A bit of a twist in this.

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  15. I really enjoyed this one too, Leah! I thought it was very original :)

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  16. Like a lot of commenters, I was drawn to this one because of the precious dog on the cover. I'd hesitated to pick it up because some reviews made it sound really sad, and I don't get along well with sad books generally. Maybe I'll give it a try, though!

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