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Me & Emma (Mills & Boon M&B) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Flock
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In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old–playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places.

But even her imagination can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma. As the big sister, Carrie is determined to do anything to keep Emma safe from a life of neglect and abuse at the hands of their drunken stepfather, Richard–abuse their momma can't seem to see, let alone stop.

But after the sisters' plan to run away from home unravels, their world takes a shocking turn–and one shattering moment ultimately reveals a truth that leaves everyone reeling.

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Me & Emma is a triumph... a remarkable story, told with vigour and truth and stunning revelations that remain with you long after you ve closed the cover. --Kathleen DeMarco, bestselling author of Cranberry Queen

Captivating. Haunting. You ll hit the last page and want to go back to the beginning. Elizabeth Flock is one to watch.

Deftly capturing the hidden thoughts of an emotionally bereft child, Flock s haunting second novel... is not soon forgotten. --Booklist


Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old. She plays make-believe, 'hates' school, dreams of faraway places and things. But even her naively hopeful mind can't shut out the terrible realities of her home life or help protect her younger sister.

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*** BREAKING NEWS: I am delighted to announce that "O, The Oprah Magazine" named WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SISTER one of "Ten Titles To Pick Up Now" (September, 2012). ***

The single best career decision I ever made was chosing to leave something safe to try something risky. I look back now and smile at how blissfully unaware I was of all that is involved with getting something published but I am grateful I didn't have that as my goal.
All I wanted was to see if I could write a book I had in mind. My wish for everyone would be to experience the joy of completing something they feel so passionate about.
Being a writer is the hardest job I have ever had but it is also the best, most gratifying job I could hope for.
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Former journalist Elizabeth Flock reported for TIME and PEOPLE magazines before becoming a television reporter and anchor in San Francisco, California. After moving to New York, Flock became an on-air correspondent for CBS News covering breaking news both in the United States and abroad. Notably, reporting from Havana, Cuba, for Pope John Paul II's visit with Fidel Castro; reporting from London following the death of Princess Diana; and reporting from Hong Kong where she covered the handover from the British to the Chinese.
Flock's acclaimed first novel, BUT INSIDE I'M SCREAMING, a fictionalized account of a journalist's fight for sanity, was published by MIRA Books in 2003. Reviewers called the novel "riveting," "insightful," and, in the words of the Oakland Tribune, "hard to put down." BUT INSIDE I'M SCREAMING has since been translated into seven languages and has sold nearly a quarter of a million copies.
In 2005, Flock's second novel, ME & EMMA (MIRA Books), spent six consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Called "a triumph" by bestselling author Kathleen DeMarco, ME & EMMA has been compared to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and was referred to as "haunting...not soon forgotten," by Booklist. ME & EMMA was chosen as one of the "Best Books of 2005″ by Booksense (now called Indiebound) and was a Highlight Pick of the Year. In addition to being a bestseller in the UK, ME & EMMA has been published in 15 countries, translated into 10 languages and has approximately 500,000 copies worldwide.
EVERYTHING MUST GO (MIRA Books, 2007), Flock's third novel, is set in the Connecticut of her childhood. The Dallas Morning News wrote, "in Ms. Flock's talented hands, [Henry] becomes someone readers will keep rooting for long after it would seem the game is over," and Booklist wrote, "another strong characterization from Flock, who uncannily immerses herself in [the main character's] vulnerable, yet stalwart, psyche." On the show Sunday Papers, WGN-Radio's Rick Kogan called the main character "one of the most interesting characters in contemporary fiction."
In 2009, MIRA Books published SLEEPWALKING IN DAYLIGHT, Flock's novel about a stay-at-home mother struggling with a mid-life crisis while her teenaged daughter secretly descends into a dark world of drugs and disillusionment. "SLEEPWALKING IN DAYLIGHT is a finely wrought heartbreaker of a novel," wrote the Denver Post, "Flock writes in compulsively readable prose...shoot[ing] a quiver of arrows straight to the heart."
In August, 2012, Random House debuts the much-anticipated follow-up to ME & EMMA, called WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SISTER. The story picks up the day its predecessor leaves off and follows young Carrie Parker and her mother as they drive away from the shards of their shattered lives to begin anew. While on the road, the two meet another mother-daughter pair, Honor and Cricket, and the two young girls become fast friends. Soon they discover a surprising secret and their lives are changed forever. "From the opening sentence of [this] exceptional new novel, I was at its tender mercies," writes Elinor Lipman (New York Times bestselling author of THE INN AT LAKE DEVINE and THEN SHE FOUND ME). "Heart-wrenching and funny in unexpected ways, beautifully told and so satisfying...these memorable, lovable characters jumped off the page and have lodged themselves in my heart."
Elizabeth Flock lives in New York City.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Sweet!! 19 Sept. 2006
A story of two sisters having to cope through the ordeal of their abusive stepfather and a momma who doesn't seem to care may at first strike you as an emotional and for some a painfull read.

But Elizabeth Flock choses to write this from the perspective of an eight year old girl Carrie Parker, and it is a talent that most deservely should be acknowledged. Although at times some concepts of this book seem almost cruel their are some beautiful lines from this little girl Carrie, that really made me laugh and you could imagine the same words coming from one of your own younger siblings. Elizabeth Flock effortlessly manages to reel you in with Carries story and relive some of our own childhood antics.

Men - do not be discouraged by the girlie cover or the fact it is about two sisters. The perspective in which this story is told is remarkable and you will find yourself smiling at some of the lines.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant with a great ending. 13 July 2006
By DubaiReader VINE VOICE
This was a great book, I have already loaned it to my daughter and then it'll do the rounds of my book group.

The narrator is 8 year old Carrie, who has to deal with a mother who has never really recovered from the death of her first husband, and Richard, the alcoholic, abusive stepfather.

6 year old Emma is Carrie's constant companion, without whom life would become intolerable.

They move from their hometown, where the local shopkeeper gives Carrie a job to keep her out of her home environment, to a village many miles away. Here Carrie befriends Mr Wilson, an elderly guy who teaches her to shoot tin cans.

As things deteriorate at home she spends more time with Mr Wilson and his three legged dog, Brownie.

Sadly many children find themselves in abusive situations, but what brought it home to me was that even the grandmother was unable or unwilling to help. Carrie only had Emma to rely on.

Don't be put off by the reference to abuse, although it hovers in the background throughout the book, it is not overplayed. The ending is brilliant and took me completely by surprise, but it made so much sense.

Buy this book, and then buy the one it's paired with; Twins by Marcy Dermansky, which is also excellent!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! 12 Sept. 2006
By Heather Negahdar VINE VOICE
"Tell me what's going on honey--" her voice is practically begging me to cry. "You can talk to me."

I gulp and say, "Nothing's going on ma'am."

"I've half a mind to come on out and talk to your parents."

This book was my introduction to Elizabeth Flock and I must say that I was not in the least disappointed. Fast paced, the author brings us into the lives of the Parkers and their two daughters Carrie and Emma. After the death of their dad, the Parkers are forced to live up to he expectations of their mum's new husband and stepfather Richard, a drunkard and control freak.

The story told through the eyes of eight year old Carrie the older of teh two, was for me heart breaking and sorrowful at times, but through it all the children remained daring and courageous, and kept you guessing what could possibly be the outcome of this dysfunctional family. It is impossible to read this book without being touched, but you will be more so when the book ends and you are shocked out of your wits. And that shocked is with a capital S. Nothing is ever what it seems.

Highly recommended!!

Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR-CANE 05/09/06)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A future classic 7 Jan. 2006
From the first time you are introduced to Carrie, you are rooting for her. She is like every little girl you have ever known. Yet throughout the book, you are aware that her life isn't "normal" or what we perceive as normal. We are then taken into Carrie and Emmas world, we are constantly drawn into their little environment. Because you feel so much for Carrie, and Emma too, it starts to be difficult to read, especially what sort of life they have to endure. And you want the happy ending so much it hurts. When you get towards the last few chapters when the pieces all fall into place, you are left breathless, and by the time you get to the last sentence, you will be sobbing. This book won't leave your mind, you think about it for months, in my case, after you finish it. Me and Emma wasn't recommended to me, I found it by accident, but it has to be one of the most powerful books I have read. The writer keeps the reader gripped, you have to keep reading. I couldn't put it down. Because it is written from a childs viewpoint, it makes it all the more powerful. From the writing, characterizations, plot, everything about this book screams classic. I have read many books in my lifetime, but nothing as evocative as this. All I can say is BUY IT- BUY IT- BUY IT!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read 18 July 2005
By A Customer
A fantastic read that was thoroughly absorbing and impossible to put down. Heartbreaking at times, but beatutifully written with an astonishing twist at the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars shockingly haunting 22 Sept. 2005
This book is brilliant.
A family broken and down but not quite out. Two sisters having to protect and look out for each other against their brutal stepfather and seemingly uncaring mother.
A super twist right at the end that will take your breath away.A super twist which is very believable although shocking in some ways.
A very readable book. To give too much information would be to spoil the ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the narrative voice from the child's POV
I enjoyed the narrative voice from the child's POV, worn it's convincing swings from joy to great but felt that the denouement was telegraphed from the beginning. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sheila Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend it enough.
Such a great read. The subject matter is a bit disturbing and it might break your heart but it's written in such a beautiful way. Read more
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Published 4 months ago by Joanne Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable read
One of the few books I've read that stays with u for a long time ,sad but a real page turner could not put it down what a twist
Published 13 months ago by shell
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My Goodness . . . . .
I finished this book at 1.45 last night as I was on about 83% and just knew I had to get to the end. Wow - what an end that was. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
A bit slow at first but picks up and is then entertaining with a surprising twist when you least expect it.
Published 21 months ago by Christina Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book of all time!!!
I have read many, many books as my amazon account will testify but I will always come back to this book as being my all time favourite.
Published on 9 Nov. 2012 by it's OK
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
I bought this book on a whim because I fancied something new to read. It was a very emotional story with a surprising twist at the end! Read more
Published on 24 May 2012 by Sophie!
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Just couldnt get into this book, the dialogue i found really annoying, really wanted to like this because i had it recommended to me by friends who loved it, cant say i felt the... Read more
Published on 23 Feb. 2011 by Bluestar001
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
This is a heartbreaking story, told by 8 year old Carrie. Her mother has remarried following the death of Carrie's father, and her new stepfather Richard is a brute. Read more
Published on 2 May 2010 by Nicola in South Yorkshire
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