Blurb: 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 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?
Review: Even though my library didn’t have this classified as paranormal or fantasy, I’ve added that label to clarify that this isn’t what you’d expect. This is another one of those books that wasn’t awful, but just wasn’t my thing. I was looking for different, and this was definitely that, but not what I was looking for apparently.
There were some things that rubbed me wrong in this. So many of the characters came across as insufferably arrogant. That is in part because they absolutely were and in part because the writing seemed pretentious, almost to the point where I struggled not to read many of the voices as having a snobby British accent at times.
I also expected this to be more about an actual romance after loss and betrayal. Instead it is a somewhat twisted story a dead guy getting a second chance at becoming a better person by becoming, instead of an arrogant man, an arrogant dog. There is still a romantic aspect to the story, but there is so little of it that it comes across almost as an afterthought.
If this had been more along the lines of what I was wanting, I probably would have enjoyed this more. Since it wasn’t, it really was just an okay story for me.