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Monday, June 2, 2014

EMMA'S SECRET By Steena Holmes

Emma's Secret by Steena HolmesPublisher:  Amazon Publishing
Pages:  254
Release Date:  June 25, 2013
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction

Book Description:  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 She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.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.

Wanda's Thoughts:  A follow-up to Finding Emma - this is a wonderful read. I do recommend that you read these two books in order.

Emma had been kidnapped from her front yard two years ago and now the searching is over – Emma is home. She had been living only 20 minutes away on a farm with an older couple. Emma had been happy and well cared for – truly loved by this couple, Jack and Dottie. Now that she was home, Emma needed time to adjust and accept the changes with her family. 

After two years of searching, Megan just wanted her daughter back, and for Emma to be the same little girl she was before the kidnapping. Megan wanted to totally erase the last two years that Megan was missing, and just couldn’t get beyond her anger. 

Megan and Peter assumed their marriage would be healed with Emma being home, but tension develops, as a lot of obstacles are faced. She is afraid that Peter will walk away from their marriage. And the story unfolds ---

My favorite character is Jack, who is portrayed with such warmth, depth and emotion. There were several scenes between Emmie and Jack that just warmed my heart. Jack missed Emmie more than he thought possible. The house was empty without her, and now Dottie was gone. He was completely alone. The sadness ate at Jack both day and night. 

The author wrote in a vivid way, portraying the inner thoughts of all the characters. There were so many emotions – sadness, heartbreak, grief, fear, and regrets. This is a sequel that I highly recommend – a powerful read. 5 stars. 

About the Author:  USA Today Bestselling Author - Steena is the author of the heart wrenching Finding Emma series and the upcoming novel The Memory Child.
Steena Holmes grew up in a small town in Canada and holds a Bachelors degree in Theology.

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.
Novels in her Finding Emma series:
Finding Emma
Dear Jack
Emma's Secret
Dottie's Memories