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Finding Emma
     

Finding Emma

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by Steena Holmes
 

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The last time Megan saw her youngest daughter, Emma, was on the little girl’s third birthday. Now, two years later, she sees her daughter’s face in every blonde girl she passes—at the grocery store, in car windows, at the doctor’s office. She is determined to find her daughter, but her commitment borders on obsession as she finds herself

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The last time Megan saw her youngest daughter, Emma, was on the little girl’s third birthday. Now, two years later, she sees her daughter’s face in every blonde girl she passes—at the grocery store, in car windows, at the doctor’s office. She is determined to find her daughter, but her commitment borders on obsession as she finds herself following these little girls who resemble her missing daughter.

Her inability to move on after Emma’s kidnapping has distanced Megan from her friends and family. Her two older daughters resent her relentless and fruitless search for their sister, and her husband, Peter, pleads with her to come to terms with Emma’s absence before her obsession causes the destruction of the rest of their family.

Meanwhile, in the same small town, Jack dotes on his granddaughter, Emmie, but has begun to question his wife, Dottie’s, secrecy about Emmie and her mother, Mary. As Dottie slips into dementia, Jack can’t help wonder if there is a dark secret Dottie is keeping from him.

Jack and Megan’s lives collide at the town fair when Megan snaps a photograph of a little girl with her grandparents—an act that could lead to catastrophe for both families.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477800119
Publisher:
Amazon Publishing
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
587,149
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Finding Emma 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
bookworm1954DB More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! It will capture you body and soul. You will be unable to put this book down, absolutely captivating. Incredible writing with incredible character development. I can't wait for the next one.don't miss out on this book. It will pull at your heart and believe me you are going to cry. But you will not put this book down.
SaraKFreitag More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. She has a way to bring you right into the book with all the characters. It so well written and I can't wait for the Emma's Secret. A must read!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings There may be quite a few books about missing children, but this book tugged at my heart strings and made me think twice about missing children and the different outcomes that could occur from this tragedy. Megan is a mom of three children, two live currently under her roof and one has been missing for two long years. The book begins with Emma home, but quickly moves beyond the two years to a time where this family is falling apart at the seams. Each member of the family has been affected by Emma's disappearance.
Bookreviewer1 More than 1 year ago
Great book. I cried for everyone of the characters in this book at one point. Get it, it's a beautiful book.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that Finding Emma has been honored with the 2012 B.R.A.G.Medallion - this means this wonderful book is well worth your time and money!
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
This was a story that had me on the edge of my seat, because I had intense feelings for each of the characters. Megan and Peter have a lovely family with three children, the eldest is Hannah, the middle sister is Alexis, and the youngest is Emma. The girls were enjoying a local carnival on Emma’s third birthday when she disappeared in the blink of an eye. This is where the story begins. Megan’s determination to find her daughter turns in to what her husband considers an obsession. He feels that Megan needs to accept that their daughter is gone so that they can move forward as a couple and family with Hannah and Alexis. But, Megan sees her daughter in every little girl, and it is beginning to cause trouble outside of the family. When Megan believes that she sees her daughter, she directly confronts each child. Until she sees that each child does not have her daughter’s eyes or dimples, her heart drops and she finds herself having to apologize, when all she wants to do is find her daughter. Then the book opens up to the other side of the story. We are introduced to Grandma Dottie and Grandpa Jack who have lost their daughter, and now have little Emma in their house as their grand-daughter. Grandpa Jack is such a loving and doting Grandfather to Emma. When you read about their interactions you sense that she is just as happy as she would be if she was at home with Megan and Peter. This is where the book took a turn for me, because I did not know what the outcome would be and hearing both sides of the story was a more compassionate way to see what can happen when a child disappears. So many people are hurt. Megan and Peter are on the brink of divorce, Hannah blames herself for Emma’s disappearance, and Alexis feels invisible. Emma is constantly asking for her Mother. The question is, when everyone’s prayers will be answered!
Celticlady1953 More than 1 year ago
Finding Emma is a very moving and emotional story about what happens when a child goes missing. Imagine the fear, disbelief, anger and other emotional feelings that must be the norm in a situation like this and can threaten to tear apart a family. I can only imagine what this might feel like. Reading Finding Emma to me was very heartbreaking in that the author's writing made me feel all the feelings that Megan was feeling during the two years that Emma was missing. A true eyeopener of a novel. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars.
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
I knew I'd enjoy this book, but really I loved it. My heart broke for Peter and Megan, whose marriage is being held together by a thread. It's not a surprise that many relationships don't survive this kind of tragedy. Your heart breaks over and over again, it would be hard to not take out some frustration on the person nearest you. And the other problem is devoting so much energy to finding your missing child that you completely ignore your family that is still there. The story also goes into the elderly couple. It's so sad because Jack still loves Dottie so very much, that he doesn't see the woman she has become, or he doesn't want to. Honestly, the characters are so rich that you don't really dislike anyone, not even Emma's kidnapper. The story is well told, and well written. I had a hard time putting this one down.
reesspace More than 1 year ago
The 411 by Maria: Knowing that this wasn't a true story made it easier to read. Well, let me take that statement back for a second. This is not a non-fiction book about a story based on the author's experience however it is something that many parents go through. In Finding Emma, Megan is a busy mom with three daughters. While rushing around one morning she asks one of the girls to lock the house door on their way inside. Unfortunately, it doesn't get locked and her almost 3 year old Emma disappears. This all happens in the first chapter. We pick up the story 2 years in where Megan is racked with guilt, her marriage is falling apart and her daughters wish they were the ones taken so that mom would love them as much as they love Emma. Megan sees Emma everywhere, so much so that she has literally tries to grab little ones away from their scared moms. I loved this book. It wasn't as frightening as you would imagine a book about child abduction to be. As a mom of two this is one of my biggest fears and completely understand Megan's NEED to continue looking for Emma even without any leads. My favorite character is Megan's husband Jack. His subtle way of dealing with his own pain from losing his daughter was how I would expect most men to deal with this. It also makes it easier for me to understand why parents of abducted children can speak on the news. I always thought, "how are they talking, I wouldn't be able to utter a sound." This is something that unfortunately happens every day and I appreciate Steena Holmes for writing a story that was not overly dramatic for shock value but seems to deal realistically with the various ways people deal with the paths that life tosses our way. It is a reminder that there are two sides to every story and how we deal with each other really matters. Acceptance and understanding of other others differences is important to all relationships. You will love this story about a family falling apart at the seams but cocooned in love.
CMash More than 1 year ago
As a parent, can you imagine just turning your back for a second and your child is gone without a trace? I can't begin to imagine and wouldn't want to but I would think that it would be a raw heart pounding terror. And within the first couple of pages of Finding Emma, that is exactly what I felt with the vivid and explicative narrative that the author conveyed with her ability with words and writing style. Heart wrenching!! The characters lifelike especially little Emma with her golden curly hair. Poignant!! The author grabbed and delivered me right into the story line as if I was a bystander. The settings easy to conjure up in my mind. Even the intonation of dialogue between characters and the voice of Emma was as if I was eavesdropping on the conversations. The emotions palpable. The suspense (vague due to not wanting to include spoilers) as to how, why, by whom, and what happened to Emma was a page turner. Captivating!! And what about the person who snatched this adorable 3 year old little girl? What are the feelings toward the kidnapper? That is something that the reader has to decide. Overwhelming!! This story is filled with emotions, relationship dynamics, hopelessness and hopefulness, happy and sad, anxiety, depression, wanting to move on yet also not wanting to let go, life and death, of memories good and bad, and above all, truth and love on many levels depending on the connection of kinship. Compelling!! This book is one I highly recommend but be prepared, it will not only tug at your heart strings but will also hold them tightly.