Emma's Secret Book Review

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For two years, Megan, Peter, and their two older daughters, Alexis and Hannah, dream of nothing but being reunited with the family’s youngest child, Emma, who was kidnapped just before her third birthday. When Emma is miraculously found living with an elderly couple just miles from the family’s home, they are hopeful that her return will heal the wounds her disappearance created.

But Emma is vastly different from the sunny toddler they remember. She barely remembers her parents or her older sisters. She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.

Megan is consumed with bitterness, while Peter works later and later nights in the company of his gorgeous business partner. And in the middle of everything, Megan’s best friend has become suddenly distant and secretive.

Then a chance encounter in town leads to a secret that changes everything again for Emma. And Peter must decide between the happiness of his youngest daughter and the trust of his family.
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My Review
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.  Emma had been missing for two years.  When she’s finally found and returned to her family at 5 years old, they realize that she wasn’t very far from their home.  Unfortunately, over those two years, Emma has changed.  She’s now a quiet subdued child and doesn’t speak very much.  To make matters worse, she barely remembers her parents and misses “Grandma” and “Papa”.  Her mother, Megan, is overwhelmed with bitterness and hatred for the people her daughter now holds dear, while her father works extra long hours and now suddenly her best friend is distant.  An unexpected visit in town changes everything for Emma and her dad Peter has found a way to get Emma to open up.  But, by keeping this secret, Emma is happy.  Now he must choose between his daughter’s happiness and his wife’s trust.

This was a very moving novel.  There were moments when I wanted to scream at Megan to stop being so selfish.  I spent a lot of time wondering why she kept expecting Emma to be the person she was two years prior.  I loved this book.  Usually, you see books where a kidnapping takes place and the search thereafter.  This time, it’s a unique look at what happens after the victim has been found.  All in all, this is a fantastic summer read, but be sure to have some Kleenex handy, you’ll need it! Most definitely a five heart read!

About the Author
In 2012 she received the Indie Excellence Award. Holmes was inspired to write Finding Emma after experiencing a brief moment of horror when she’d thought her youngest daughter was missing.

She currently lives in Calgary with her husband and three daughters and loves to wake up to the Rocky Mountains each morning.
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  1. Thank you for needing the kleenex :) I really appreciate that you not only read my story but loved it so much! Thank you!


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