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Emily & Einstein

A Novel of Second Chances

Linda Francis Lee

St. Martin's Griffin

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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 New York 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 from their apartment.  But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies. 

Suddenly Emily is forced on a journey to find out who her husband really was . . . all the while feeling that somehow he isn't really gone.  Angry, hurt, and sometimes betrayed by loving memories of the man she lost, Emily finds comfort in a scruffy dog named Einstein.  But is Einstein's seemingly odd determination that she save herself enough to make Emily confront her own past?  Can he help her find a future—even after she meets a new man?

Linda Francis Lee's Emily and Einstein is a heartwarming novel of love and second chances.

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Prologue

A week passed before I understood the enormity of my situation, a week before I realized I was dead.

It was February, a bitter cold day in New York with a gunmetal sky, the kind of storm blowing in that would make even the most stoic northeasterner dream of sun, sand, and a beach that stretched on forever. Wearing a heavy wool suit, silk tie, and overcoat, I walked into my office on the thirty- fourth floor, the view of lower Manhattan blocked out by the falling snow. My secretary was on the phone, her sharp Brooklyn accent and polyester clothes at odds with the

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Praise for Emily and Einstein

"A rare book of emotional depth and observation - this multi-faceted story is woven by a master who holds you by the heart-strings on every page.  An utter triumph all the way around, simply spectacular!" –J.R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lover Mine

“In this completely one-of-a kind story, Linda Francis Lee deftly combines fantasy and reality for an emotional punch that's unexpected as it is satisfying.  You will HAVE to keep turning the pages.” –Patricia Gaffney, New York Times bestselling author of The Saving Graces

"Powerful and perceptive, Emily & Einstein is an unconventional love story, one of those rare books that illuminates the secrets we keep from the world . . . and sometimes ourselves.  This is a heartfelt novel of hope, redemption, and second chances." –Sarah Dunn, bestselling author of The Big Love

"Emily & Einstein is an extraordinary treat, a powerfully original novel about hope, redemption, and the possibility that love lives forever, written with grace and imagination.  A gem that will stay with you long after the last page is turned." –Joan Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered

"EMILY & EINSTEIN captured me from the first sentence. You'll find yourself glued to the couch and canceling your plans to find out Emily Portman's fate. Linda Francis Lee tells a story that leaves you begging for more.  I loved it!" –Lisa Patton, Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter

"A story you'll remember long after you turn the last page, from a writer who understands laughter, longing, and the power of second chances." –Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Tending Roses and Never Say Never

"What Lee does best is get to the heart of the matter and make us care, all while making us laugh. I loved Emily and Einstein!" –Lian Dolan, the Satellite Sisters and Oprah.com

 

Praise for Emily and Einstein

"A rare book of emotional depth and observation - this multi-faceted story is woven by a master who holds you by the heart-strings on every page.  An utter triumph all the way around, simply spectacular!" –J.R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lover Mine

“In this completely one-of-a kind story, Linda Francis Lee deftly combines fantasy and reality for an emotional punch that's unexpected as it is satisfying.  You will HAVE to keep turning the pages.” –Patricia Gaffney, New York Times bestselling author of The Saving Graces

"Powerful and perceptive, Emily & Einstein is an unconventional love story, one of those rare books that illuminates the secrets we keep from the world . . . and sometimes ourselves.  This is a heartfelt novel of hope, redemption, and second chances." –Sarah Dunn, bestselling author of The Big Love

"Emily & Einstein is an extraordinary treat, a powerfully original novel about hope, redemption, and the possibility that love lives forever, written with grace and imagination.  A gem that will stay with you long after the last page is turned." –Joan Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered

"EMILY & EINSTEIN captured me from the first sentence. You'll find yourself glued to the couch and canceling your plans to find out Emily Portman's fate. Linda Francis Lee tells a story that leaves you begging for more.  I loved it!" –Lisa Patton, Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter

"A story you'll remember long after you turn the last page, from a writer who understands laughter, longing, and the power of second chances." –Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Tending Roses and Never Say Never

"What Lee does best is get to the heart of the matter and make us care, all while making us laugh. I loved Emily and Einstein!" –Lian Dolan, the Satellite Sisters and Oprah.com

 

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EMILY AND EINSTEIN by Linda Francis Lee | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of EMILY AND EINSTEIN . A romantic tale about a cheating husband who gets to redeem himself by returning to earth as his widowed wife's new dog.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Linda Francis Lee

  • LINDA FRANCIS LEE is a native Texan now living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, steps from the Dakota Apartment Building.  Linda's writing career began in college when she published her first article.  But after graduating she was sidetracked from writing when she was offered a job teaching probability and statistics.  Later she found her way back to her first love, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution called her breakout novel, Blue Waltz, "absolutely stunning."  Now the author of twenty books that are published in sixteen countries around the world, when Linda isn't writing she loves to run in Central Park and spend time with her husband, family, and friends. 

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    A Novel of Second Chances

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