Dominik Koscielak Koscielak itibaren Nuapalli, Odisha 761106, Hindistan
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The reason Emily and Einstein caught my eye is because I’ve enjoyed Linda Francis Lee’s books in the past and the cover has a dog on it. Also the idea of one of the characters finding redemption and being reincarnated in a dog to right the wrongs he’s done to his faithful and loving wife has great appeal. I thought this would be a tender reflection from the male protagonist with great character study and a bit of a romance. But this book fails for me because I couldn’t stand the two main characters. They have nothing to recommend for themselves. Emily and Einstein is somewhat cruel in its telling and has a major lack of heart I was hoping for. Sandy Portman is ready to tell his wife, Emily he wants a divorce. Before he can, he’s hit by a car and dies. He wants a second chance because he feels he still has a life worth living. He’s given this second chance by his soul being placed into a stray dog. Coincidentally, his widow adopts him and names him Einstein. Sandy can’t believe he’s in this mongrel and must witness Emily’s breakdown he’s responsible for. She finds out how deceitful he was by cheating on her throughout their marriage, leaving her to be a victim to his mother who never liked her to begin with and wanting to take away the home Emily created that Sandy never put in her name in his will. Now Emily may end up homeless and lose her job. But then a hunky neighbor appears suddenly to lend support and is the total opposite of Sandy in every way. Sandy has to figure out how to help Emily find joy in her life again and forgive him before he can move on himself. It’s such a shame Linda couldn’t have created better characters with Sandy and Emily. Sandy is horrible, plain and simple. He’s selfish, egotistical and he doesn’t change at all during the course of the story, even as Einstein the dog. (He may have, but I decided not to finish the book). Emily isn’t much better. I understand her hurt and depression because of what Sandy has done to her, but her actions have left much to be desired. I feel when someone loses their partner due to death, they should have a mourning period before they move on and date or attach themselves to the next person they want sexually. Emily ends up making out with the hunky, blue collar neighbor soon after Sandy’s death. Now I know she’s in pain from finding out what a jerk Sandy was, but climbing all over your neighbor for some sort of comfort doesn’t garner my sympathy. And why did Linda have to make all the other characters as cold and calculating individuals? Just to make Emily suffer more for the sole purpose to find the inner strength to rise above her problems? Making caricatures of these characters, who I expected to twirl their mustaches and throw Emily under a train turned me completely off. With enough books written, you’d think this one would be a winner from Linda. It wasn’t, and Emily and Einstein was a big disappointment that left me unable to finish.
Argh! Another cliffhanger!