Emma's Secret: A Novel

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Emma's Secret

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...

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Overview

Emma's Secret

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 She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477800669
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Pages: 243
  • Sales rank: 585,499
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Before you read

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    Before you read this review, STOP and pick up Finding Emma by Steena Holmes.

    Ok.  Now proceed.  Emma's Secret picks up where the first ends and oh am I so thankful for this sequel.  It definitely lived up to the first book and I was very glad to find out what happened after Emma returned to her family.  Thankfully this author made the experience feel very real and showed what could be the truth when a kidnapping victim is returned to their former life. 

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    Emma has been returned to her parents, Megan and Peter, and her

    Emma has been returned to her parents, Megan and Peter, and her two older sisters, Hannah and Alexis after being kidnapped two years ago.   The family is struggling with her return.   They are trying to be a family again but each person is fighting their own fears.   Megan takes on the blame of Emma's kidnapping and fears it will happen again.    Peter fights his fear that his wife's anger will tear their family apart.   The two sisters fight to find their places in this family.  One ignoring Emma and one protecting Emma.




    I did not read Finding Emma, the book telling the story of he kidnapping, but do not feel that I lost anything  in this book.   I felt Megan's fear and understood her anger.  She had a hard time by having Emma in her sight at all times and by doing this did not give her other family enough attention.  When she figured out that she had to stay focused to find Emma and now that she is back she had to learn to do more planning ahead I could see the ah ha moment happening.  I felt that was a turning point in her life and the life of her family.   Although there were other moments in the book I would consider ah ha moments I felt this was a big one for her.




    Peter was an interesting character.  The fact that he never really lied to Megan but did not tell her some very important things that she deserved to know did not endear him to me.  I got it...I understood why he felt he could not confide in Megan but all he managed to do was push her farther away and cause more issues in their family.    His patience with Emma was monumental in his relationship with her.   I feel like he understood her better than anyone else.  He understood her struggles with coming back to the family even though she was loved and adored by the couple that kidnapped her.   I was happy that Emma had his calmness in her life.




    This is a novel that will tug at our heart and make you wonder how you would handle this horrible situation.    I pray that I will never have to find out but enjoyed reading Megan and Emma's story.

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