Emma’s Secret: A Novel by Steena Holmes tells the story about a family struggling to find a new normal while adjusting to life with their daughter, Emma, who has just returned after spending 2 years missing when she was kidnapped just before her third birthday.
Holmes has a gift of being able to tell this story from multiple perspectives so effectively that the reader can feel like they are there in the moment with the characters. Very few authors are able to change perspectives without losing the reader. I found this book to be very enjoyable and hard to put down. As the story continued to unfold, I was excited to learn how the characters would grow and react to events that took place. This is my first time reading one of Homes’ books, so I did not have any prior knowledge of this story (note her previous book, Finding Emma), but found that the insight and memories recalled throughout gave me a good enough understanding to follow along. It wasn’t until after I finished reading this book that I became aware of Finding Emma, which has been added to my reading list!
This is a story that tugs at your heart strings and warms your heart at the same time. As a new mother, I couldn’t even imagine going through something like this. Holmes’ seemed to capture the child’s innocence and the family’s love in a way that made it almost feel real.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great story. Although the topic is one of a serious nature, there are many light-hearted moments in the book. It’s one of those books that you don’t want to put down until it’s finished, and then you want to continue. I give this books 5 stars. I loved it!
About the Author:
“Growing up as a small town Canadian girl, there wasn’t much to do but ride your bike, hang out with friends on the beach and daydream. I always wanted to write but never dreamed it was something I could do as a career. I love to travel and fell in love with the sheep covered hillside, old castles and romantic history of Scotland and England. I dream about waking up in Tuscany and touring small town shops in the south of France with my husband, of placing my toes in the ocean and experiencing history first hand. As a mother with three daughters, I’m learning that teaching them to pursue their dreams is a lasting legacy. I love to wake up to the Rocky Mountains, will forever enjoy the taste of coffee and chocolate and can’t imagine the day when a story doesn’t unfold in my heart. Living a life with passion and pursuing dreams is a life well lived.”
Read more about Steena Holmes and her books on her website here.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSparks PR in exchange for an honest review.