Finding Emma, by Steena Holmes ($13.99)
The story details a child torn from the arms of loving parents, a heart-breaking story of a mother’s journey of hope… Megan sees her daughter Emma everywhere. She’s the little girl standing in the supermarket, the child waiting for the swings at the playground, the girl with ice cream dripping down her face. But it’s never Emma – because Emma’s been missing for two years. Unable to handle the constant heartache of all the false sightings, Megan’s husband threatens to walk away unless Megan can agree to acceptEmma is gone. Megan’s life and marriage is crumbling all around her and she realizes she may have to do the thing she dreads most: move on. When Megan takes a photo of a little girl with an elderly couple at the town fair, she believes it to be her missing daughter. Unable to let go, she sets in motion a sequence of events that could destroy both family’s lives.
I wasn’t sure how this book could capture the multitude of emotions that would surround the abduction of a young girl, but it sure conveyed (what seemed to me) an authentic sense of grief and fear and guilt and hopelessness (as well as hopefulness)…well, you get the idea. Finding Emma caught me from page one and gripped me until the very last page.
I was pleasantly surprised at my ability to identify with and relate to the characters within this novel, which author Steena Holmes made unbelievably simple. I read Finding Emma intensely, captivated by the mystery, by the suspense, by the conflicts…eager to reach the conclusion, yet not wanting the book to end.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself moved by the emotions and reactions that Finding Emma stirs within you as the events unfold. The loss of a child is, at the very least, gut-wrenching…yet I found some aspects of the story (nope, you’ll get no spoilers here, folks…I recommend you read the book!) so endearing, so heartwarming, that it brought tears to my eyes. At other times, I cried outright (that’s right, I’m not ashamed!), as Emma’s family floundered in the wake of her abduction, wracked with guilt, regret, anger…every feeling you can imagine, two years after Emma was taken.
I will not even hint at how this book wraps up, because it would cheat you of such an emotional experience that you simply might not forgive me. But I will tell you that you will devour the final pages of this novel, anxious and hopeful…and maybe a little tearful.
Steena Holmes is no newbie to writing, that’s for sure. She’s got 10 or so books to her credit (some under a pen name) and, if Finding Emma is any indicator, she’s quite a talent. I’m happy to have found this skilled author and I think you will be, too.
And, Holmes is doing something that just warms my heart. She is donating 50% of the proceeds from the sales of Finding Emma to the Missing Children’s Society of Canada. You can head over to her website to read an excerpt and access the reader’s guide, and much more.
I was not compensated for writing this review. I received a copy of Finding Emma to facilitate this review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.