When their five-year-old daughter, Emma, is miraculously found alive, Megan and Peter are overjoyed that their nightmare is finally over.
But Emma is vastly different from the sunny toddler who disappeared two years earlier. 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 She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.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 at the local donut shop leads to a secret that changes everything again. And Peter must decide between the happiness of his youngest daughter and the trust of his family.
Steena Holmes grew up in a small town in Canada and holds a bachelor's degree in Theology. She is the author of two previous novels, Chocolate Reality and Finding Emma. In 2012, she received the Indie Excellence Award. Holmes enjoys writing stories other mothers of young children can relate to. She currently lives in Calgary with her husband and three daughters and loves to wake up to the Rocky Mountains each morning.
I was introduced to author Steena Holmes last year when I reviewed her novel, Finding Emma, and was blown away by this fellow Albertan (she lives only about two hours from me!). You can see that review here.
Emma's Secret begins where Finding Emma leaves off, following Megan, Peter and their family in the aftermath of finding Emma after she is abducted. The book looks at the ups and downs that come with reunions of this type, the emotions that have to be dealt with when a child goes missing, and the aftermath, the forgiveness that was necessary (towards the abductors and self), and how to get "back to normal". The book was very well written, flowed nicely, and was engaging throughout reading it. I read it in about three days, and while at times it was heartbreaking to read (particularly Megan's attitude at times to the situation), it was also endearing too. While I hope to never go through the situation of a child being abducted, I learned that the human spirit is stronger than we realize, forgiveness, while difficult, is necessary always, and hope never truly goes away.
A great summer read that I highly recommend (be sure to have tissue nearby though, you may need it - I know I did!)
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***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of BookSparks PR, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***