Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Book Review: Emma's Secret by Steena Holmes

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Description from Good Reads
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 She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.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.

My Review
This is a sequel to the book Finding Emma, which I reviewed on October 3rd. I also really enjoyed this book. It was a lovely continuation to Finding Emma, and provided resolution to most of the questions I was left with at the end of the first one (though they were not so many or so bad that it kept me from loving the first one, obviously). 

Emma's Secret begins a couple of months after Finding Emma. Emma is settled back with her family, but still misses her "Papa". Peter is working late hours, and Megan assumes again he is having an affair. Megan has a restraining order against Jack. She is stressed, and forgets Alexis' birthday is coming up. 

Peter makes a choice for Emma to see Jack, and keeps it a secret from Megan. Eventually, this does come out, and is huge. As well as the reason why Peter has been working long hours. Megan's daughter Hannah feels like everything is about Emma, and acts out a bit. But she cares for and loves her sister. 
And then Laurie's best friend is also keeping a reasonably big secret from her as well!

This story did have resolution, and I really enjoyed the ending. It was perfect, and sweet. I definitely think you should read Finding Emma before reading Emma's Secret- in reading some of the reviews on Good Reads, this seems almost crucial. But I think that is the same with every book that is a sequel- you need to read them in order!

I highly recommend this series of books. I think they're thought-provoking (what would you do in this situation?), complex but not complicated, and interesting. 

You can purchase a copy of this book for Kindle here.

FTC: I purchased this book with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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