Emily and Einstein is endearing and extremely enjoyable from start to finish. Although the novel has a very sad tone with little to no humor, you can’t help but love how Einstein the dog helps Emily make new discoveries and come to terms with the recent death of her husband, Sandy. At first glance, the novel seems predictable, but as you continue to read it, you’ll realize the story is sweet and beautiful, making it difficult to put down. The budding romance between Emily and her new boyfriend is innocent and real, and you’ll find your emotions in high swing alongside Emily as she settles down and comes to terms with her new life.

Emily has just lost her beloved husband Sandy in a tragic accident, and in the midst of her mourning learns that their marriage was made up of several heartbreaking lies. When Emily finds herself irresistibly drawn to a scruffy mutt named Einstein, she discovers new strengths in herself that have magically emerged since her husband’s death. With the love of Einstein and the support of some newfound friends, Emily rebuilds her life and learns that there is such a thing as second chances — and life after death. (ST. MARTIN’S, Mar., 336 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sarah Eisenbraun