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Emily and Einstein

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  6,282 ratings  ·  1,186 reviews
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

Hardcover, 356 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 30th 2010)
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Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I first read the review I thought, no way - a jerk who dies and comes back as a dog in his wife's life? I am not a big dog lover so I didn't think this was for me. However, I have to say, I am loving it! I know it sounds a little far fetched, but you have to try it to understand that it really is a great book and very realistic, given the premise. Don't know how it will end, but with 100 pages left I will find out soon!
I FINISHED IT!! Had to lock myself in the bathroom for the last 2
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

Read a book your mom loves.

This is going to be a strange non-review.

I have a lot on my heart and my mind that I'd like to share with you all, but I've been struggling with the platform with which to share it. I know I've written personal reviews on here before and its been therapeutic in getting out the things that I'm not really able to say out loud. I read this book over the summer and it stuck with me even though its not usually the type of book I read. It was weirdly reminiscent of my life a
Susan (aka Just My Op)
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-edition
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Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
On his way to meet his wife for dinner and ask for a divorce, Alexander "Sandy" Portman is killed in a car accident. As penance for his snobby, rude, malicious and disdainful personality when he was alive, a higher power places Sandy in the body of a little ugly dog name Einstein. His mission: save his widowed wife, Emily, from herself. If he succeeds, he will get what he always wanted: he will be great. If he fails, he will fade away to nothing. But this task is complicated by the sudden entran ...more
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Got an ARC from the publisher. This book doesn't neatly fit into one category - it's not a full on romance, despite having some romantic interludes and it's not quite tragic because the male narrator is so pompous.

Sandy, who is killed in an accident while on the way to tell his wife that he wants a divorce, is given the chance to make things right. The catch is, he is allowed to do so in the form of an ugly dog named Einstein. I liked that he was an unlikeable character - Lee didn't have him und
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
For an irl book discussion group that I'm unlikely to attend... but the book looks cute enough anyway I'll give it a shot.

Ok done. Engaging enough that I read it one night. A bit more interesting than the couple of chick lit books that I've tried to read, but barely. Jordan stole the show by being slightly less predictable than the other characters. Lots to discuss - maybe I will try to make the meeting. But still, mostly a fairy tale, with an insta-love knight and everything. Implausible that E
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Alexander “Sandy” Portman dies in a tragic accident. He pleads with “the old man” to not let this happen, and so he comes back … as an old dog, which his widow, Emily, adopts and names Einstein. If Sandy is to get to a better place he – as Einstein – has to find a way to help Emily move on.

Interesting premise, mediocre execution. Much of the drama was over-the-top ridiculous, including the tortured memories and soul-searching. On the plus side, it was an entertaining and quick read. I was captu
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
A perfect light read; different, a little quirky and emotionally satisfying. It’s an uplifting story of love and redemption and undoing wrongs. Linda Francis Lee’s writing style is witty and engaging. She pulls you in and takes you on a journey that effortlessly moves between fantasy and reality. Fantasy because Emily’s husband, killed in an accident returns as a dog, reality because the book does deal with the ups and downs of marriage, cheating husbands, a difficult mother-in-law and putting y ...more
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Emily and Einstein was sort of a departure from the books I've been reading lately, mainly because of the element of magical realism which you'll see in an upcoming review is not really me. But as I mentioned, the cover absolutely drew me in, and I loved the dog on the cover who sort of reminds me of my dog, Lily. And the premise sounded interesting enough, so I picked it up. (Awesome job, whoever designed the cover!)

I've found some of the plot synopses online to be lacking and deceptively vague
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I started “Emily and Einstein” I was a little apprehensive about reading a dog story. However, after I read the first chapter, I was hooked. This is a story about a marriage more than a story about a dog. It’s the story of a very self-absorbed rich man, Sandy, and a trusting, lovely girl, Emily, who has given her heart to him. They have only been married for four years. On the way to meet Emily for dinner, Sandy is killed in an accident. I thought that this would be the basis of the story, ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This quirky book was my F2F book club selection for this month. It was a fun book in some ways, it you had to suspend disbelief to go along with the premise. Sandy, a wealthy playboy falls in love with Emily, but like most things he starts, he tires of her and just before he is to meet her to ask for a divorce, he is killed in an automobile accident. The accident is caused by a scruffy little dog, who is injured, but someone takes him to the animal clinic where Emily volunteers. (The accident oc ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor, romance
As it says in the front inside cover “He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance. But he needed one …” Yes, this is a book about second chances, in this case through reincarnation as a dog. Before you decide not to go any further the book does a good job of handling the subject of being given a second chance to do the right thing while throwing in a little romance (which would be expected from the author of The Devil in the Junior League and The Ex-Debutante besides other romance novels).

Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Emily and Einstein
Linda Francis Lee
St. Martin’s Press
369 pages
Emily Barlow lived in the shadow of her feminist mother and against her mother’s beliefs gave love a try. She met and fell in love with handsome Sandy Portman who came complete with wealth and pedigree, then a tragic accident makes her life spiral toward devastation and pretty soon she’s questioning the choices she’s made.
Sandy Portman had it all, a wife who adored him a posh Central Park apartment, a job with his family’s firm, a fam
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: animals
Finally -- a book for any woman married to a dog of a two-timing husband who just wishes he would turn into ... uh, well ... a dog! Emily is a young widow in New York City who discovers in quick succession that a) she is about to lose her apartment in the famed Dakota building (of John Lennon fame), in part because b) her late husband was a scum-bag, a fact she unfortunately discovers too late, and c)the scruffy pet dog she adopted upon the death of her husband has, at times, surprisingly human ...more
Rachel Bhattacharyya
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fiction
For some readers, this book might be a cute story - for me it represented so much more. First, I think the characters are so believable - yes, I know there is a huge dose of fantasy regarding a human soul within a dog who needs to redeem himself. Second, each of the characters plays an iconic role and represents the different struggles we all face in our journey to become happy and fulfilled. I thought the juxtaposition of each main character's childhood with their adulthood is done in the corre ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Once upon a time, there was a woman named Emily. She was naive. She met Sandy and fell in love and married him and never realized.. or I should say she refused to see what was in front of her.. that Sandy was a bad husband and a horrible person.

Sandy didn't even realize this about himself... until he was dead. Upon his death, Sandy strikes a deal with the "grim reaper" of sorts. The deal is: he gets a second chance, but under the Grim Reaper's terms. The grim reaper's terms: Sandy must fix thin
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
For when you just need a feel good book...
Normally I avoid books with dogs on the cover because I suffer from a touch of PTSD from Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows. I love dogs so much and my heart just seriously can't handle it very well; however, when I got to work the other day and found a copy of Emily & Einstein in my mailbox (thank you Barb!), I decided to toughen up and read what I was sure would be a heartfelt story. I'm so glad that I did, and I must say that I'm pretty proud that I kept it together until the last twenty ...more
Eva Leger
4.5 - He sure didn't deserve a second chance....
I'm a little scared for the rating for this book. I think sometimes people have trouble keeping certain parts and feelings about a book or its characters separate.
Sandy is a characters that's beyond easy to hate. And I mean passionately. That fact is going to color this book for a lot of people even though it maybe shouldn't.
I can hate a character and not hate a story. Actually, in some ways, in some books, it makes it better. It makes you think,
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
First, thank you to Goodreads/First Reads for providing me with a copy of Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee.

The story is about Sandy, a man who is killed on his way to tell his wife Emily that he wants a divorce. Sandy is an arrogant, selfish man who unsurprisingly couldn't stay faithful to his wife after he charmed her into marriage. But instead of dying away, he is turned into Einstein, a little ragged dog, that has been given the mission of helping his wife get her life back on track.

Emily-Jane Orford
Sandy is a self-centred, poor-little-rich boy, who can't seem to find his purpose in life. Then, a tragic accident shatters his life, ending it. Or, does it? He finds himself, sort of, in the body of the little white dog who caused the accident. This very same dog attracts the attention and the love of Sandy's wife, Emily, the very wife he had planned to divorce, the wife he claimed to love; but couldn't resist the temptation to cheat. Emily is a book editor, who is enamoured with the lives of g ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some books, like some people you are instantly drawn to for some inexplicable reason, this was the case with emily & einstein. Maybe it was the mood I was in, or maybe it was the dog on the book jacket that looked like my dog, or perhaps it was the caption under the book title "a book of second chances" that caused me to pick it up, but whatever the reason I bought it. I had no knowledge about the storyline or the author and as I started to read I thought perhaps I had bought a book that had bee ...more
Calla Rose
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was so excited when I found out I was selected to read this book pre-release. I was a little nervous I wouldn't like it and have to write an iffy review. My fears were relieved however, this was a really enjoyable book.
I felt the main character was very believable and endearing. I had a love/hate relationship with the snooty little Einstein. In the end I came to like him. I admired Emily's strength and vulnerability. I thought the other characters were well presented and developed and added a
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was a well-written, funny & unique story. It made me laugh and cry.

The story is told in alternating chapters between Emily and her dog, Einstein (who is really her dead husband, Sandy). The author does a great job of creating memorable characters. Sandy, who is killed in the first chapter comes back as Einstein, the dog. It is his job to help his wife Emily. But Sandy was not always a nice man in life and therefore is not always nice as a dog. I thought he would automatica
Rarely do I gush over a book but EMILY AND EINSTEIN was a novel that filled me with unexpected pleasure. What I was expecting was a quiet afternoon respite of fluff and fun. What I got was a multi-faceted tale of self-reflection and healing.

I will not relate a synopsis of this tale of a scruffy protagonist named Einstein and his mistress Emily. It might diminish your enjoyment. Suffice to say that this story is sometimes amusing and often poignant. Author Linda Francis Lee has managed to strike
Edith S
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED, LOVED this book. I loved the premise and yes, I cried at the end. The book of second chances was just a delight to read.

The storyline is about Emily and Sandy Portman. Sandy, a rich but shallow man is bored with his 4-year marriage to Emily. On the way to tell her that he wants a divorce, he is accidentally killed. When Sandy finds out that he is dead, he begs for mercy and a second chance. He gets it, in the form of an old dog, Einstein...

Naturally, Emily adopts Einstein and then the s
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Pat by: Saw it featured as a new book at library where I volunteer
I have read many books that make me cry,and make me laugh. This book made me laugh, cry, and angry at various parts of this story. I very seldom read books about animals, it invariably seems the ending is sad. NOT "Emily and Einstein".
It's about a very sweet [sometimes too sweet] woman who is madly in love with her husband, a multi-millionaire, [I'm trying to find the word here] PIG. Sorry, have to resort to gutter words.Her life is spiraling out of control after his sudden death. She revives
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Linda Francis Lee is a native Texan now calling New York City home. Linda's writing career began when her article "There Is No Finish Line" was published in her university's quarterly magazine. But she got sidetracked from writing when she started teaching probability and statistics. Later she found her way back to writing, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution called her breakout novel, Blue Waltz ...more

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