'Emily and Einstein'
Author: Linda Francis Lee
Published: St. Martin's Press; Mar. 2011
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!