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Emma's Secret: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Steena Holmes
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Book Description

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 She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.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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    About 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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    Author of the new heart wrenching BestSeller "Finding Emma", Steena is a woman who believes that 'in the end, everything the passions of your heart'. Steena's life revolves around her family, friends, fiction and chocolate.

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    She took those passions and made them a dream come true by pouring her heart into each of her stories.

    Her newest release - FINDING EMMA is a heart-wrenching story of when devotion borders on obsession, a mother must choose between her family and finding her missing daughter.

    Reviews for Steena Holmes:

    "Finding Emma is a heartbreaking story of a mother's journey of hope...captured by the emotion and depth of the characters from the beginning."

    "FINDING EMMA may be the most heart-wrenching and heart-warming book I have ever read...Tense, emotional and realistic it will ring your emotions dry."

    "The Master will keep you on your toes from the first page." ~Sizzling Hot Books

    "with easy-going style and the sizzling scenes were oozing with passion..." ~The Romance Reviews.

    "With hushed secrets and thrills on nearly every page ... a must read in what is the hottest genre of novel going today." ~Kevin Edwards

    "riveting...tapped into her inner Stephen King." ~Leeann Baker

    Check out my Nephilim Arise series with "Sexy as Sin". "Sensual by Design" coming soon.

    Also out:
    Cabin Fever
    Hot for Cowboy
    Devil Unknown
    Chocolate Reality

    Check out Steena's steamy/erotic novellas under her pen name Anya Winter:
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    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Read in one sitting 26 Jun. 2013
    By Radiojock TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    After reading Finding Emma, I couldn't wait to read the next part of the story. In Emma's Secret, Megan is slowly forced to see her young daughter's needs beyond that of her own fears, and to try to hear and deal with the rest of her family's hurts. The story is again, heart warming. I could not put it down. Steena Holmes, thank you for such an excellent read.
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    By m lyons
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    I enjoyed reading Finding Emma so I bought this because it got so many good reviews.I felt that this whole book could have been condensed in to a few chapters and tagged on to the end of the first book! It was boring and drawn out and very obvious the Author was just trying to fill the pages..If there was a quick way of doing it I would count how many times coffee and donuts were mentioned and would go as far as to say the book was centered around coffee and donuts instead of Emma\Emmie/Em. There was the coffee run in the morning, why would you not make your own coffee in the morning? Everyone in the book was either making coffee, drinking coffee, or holding a cup of coffee. The author even described on a couple of occasions HOW the person was holding the coffee and the warm feeling going through their fingers as the were holding the coffee! It well tell how boring the book was if the coffee and donuts took over my mind.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic conclusion to Emma's story 26 Jun. 2013
    By Natasha
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    I read Finding Emma earlier this month and was thrilled to see there was a follow up story and waited eagerly to find out what happened to the little girl on her return home. Emma's secret doesn't disappoint, we learn more about Dottie & her state of mind in her final years, feel Jack's sorrow as he starts a new chapter all alone in life, Emma's pain at being separated from her beloved Papa and Megan, Peter, Hannah & Alexis' battle to come to terms with the new way of life they are faced with following the longed for return of their youngest family member. The jealousy, joy and guilt felt by siblings, love, relief & worry of parents rebuilding their family.
    I've often wanted to know what happens next with these story lines and it was wonderful to be able to have the oppourtunity to see how the big changes in their lives affected each character. Not one character is neglected, the affects on each one come across so well that you actually feel their joy, sorrow, worry and hope as they adjust and learn to accept their past.
    I would 100% recommend this book but read Finding Emma & Dear Jack first - you won't regret it!
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have read in a long time! 28 Jun. 2013
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    First off let me say that I normally read crime novels but came across Steena's book Finding Emma and I was hooked. I pre-ordered Emma's Secret and waited patiently for it to be released. What a fabulous book that truly touches you and makes you look at everyone's emotions and wonder how you would react in that situation. For anyone debating whether or not to download this book, don't hesitate. Steena Holmes you are now in my top 5 of favourite authors!!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful sequel in a great story 3 Oct. 2013
    By Laura smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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    I was really looking forward to Steena Homles sequel to the outstanding 'Finding Emma', I couldn't wait to read more about Jack and his relationship with Emmie, the little girl he'd been lead to believe was his granddaughter.

    This book picks up a few months after the end of 'Finding Emma' whereby Emma is back with her family and they are all trying to move on from her disappearance. Her papa Jack is left alone following the death of his beloved Dottie and the loss of Emmie.

    Again in this book I struggled a little with the lead character Megan, Emma's mother. She still comes across as quite self involved and a little unaware of the feelings of others. I found myself feeling real sympathy with her husband Peter, in whom she seemed to have very little faith and her best friend Laurie who seemed to have to constantly tiptoe around her friend.

    Taking this aside though I loved in this book what I loved about the first - the relationship between Jack & Emmie and the emotion that Jack is going through. He is an exceptionally well written character, he evokes such emotion and you genuinely want things to work out for him. That Emma's father in this novel see's his good heart and the way in which he loves his daughter and makes her happy was lovely. I wanted more of this.

    Dottie is still prevalent in the book through her journals and this ties it all back to book 1. It is a satisfying sequel but didn't feel like a conclusion, the way it ended suggested there might be more to come and I personally would love to read more about Jack & Emmie and so long as we can pick up with Megan being in the place she is at the end of the book I would like to read more about her also.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious 21 July 2013
    By Susan
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The writing was pedestrian and the plot thin. Even watching an episode of Big Brother would be less tedious. If you are expecting a twist then you'll be disappointed.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars What was Emma's secret? 11 Nov. 2013
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    I found the writing of both this and the previous novel to be cliched and self indulgent.

    The concept of the story was a good one and I did want to find out more but the telling of it seemed like it was written by a teenager.

    And what was the secret that only Emma could have?

    Few answers.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Follow Up Novel 22 Jun. 2015
    By E A K
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    Emma’s Secret is the follow-up to Finding Emma, which I’d really enjoyed; I had felt for Megan, her family, and for Jack (an innocent victim). I read this book because I wanted to find out what happened next and was really looking forward to it.

    Unfortunately, what happened is Megan started to annoy me. As a parent myself, I understood Megan not wanting to let Emma out of her sight but I didn’t understand why she wouldn’t do anything and everything she could to help Emma adjust, including buying her dresses she liked to wear vs. jeans and tops she felt were “so Emma” or talking to her daughter about her life with Jack and Dottie so she could understand what happened to her and how she felt about it.

    The answer to the why is, I suspect, that Megan was suffering from some type of trauma herself after spending two years searching for Emma and then not knowing what to do when she finally gets her back but this wasn’t really explained well. In the first book, I found a simple idea and a great story. This book – at least to me – is more complex, dealing with the aftermath of a kidnapping for all concerned and I felt a little that it was just skimming the surface, which I think is a shame.

    The other let down for me was that an emotional element was missing. I had felt for Megan in Finding Emma, knowing her daughter was so close but just out of reach for years, but here there wasn’t that imperative and nothing really tugging at the heart strings. Holmes tries but it doesn’t work as well, leaving me feel like the story was forced. Another shame because I think it could have been so much more.

    Overall, this book was great for what it was and when I read it (on holiday) but I do feel somewhat let down after enjoying the first of the series so much.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Published 12 hours ago by miss j kelly
    2.0 out of 5 stars Too sickly sweet for my taste
    The characters in this book spend their time eating cakes, pies or doughnuts. The adults then consume copious amounts of coffee. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Jan O
    5.0 out of 5 stars An on-site into a kidnapping
    We never get to hear what happens after a kidnapping and people don't even seem interested in the aftermath but this gives us one idea of how a family learn to cope ,and see both... Read more
    Published 10 days ago by margaret swanson
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    good read
    Published 11 days ago by linda
    5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming story
    This is a great book which I enjoyed very much after reading the first story. It is very moving and well written and I highly recommend it!
    Published 13 days ago by Jenny Cass
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    I can really appreciate Megans feelings towards Jack and wanting him to keep away from Emma but how she put her daughter first is wonderful.An absolute amazing author
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Emma's Secret
    I enjoyed this book....although Megan did not want Jack in Emmie' s life anymore.......I hoped that she would realise that Emmie still needed him ... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Pip-Pat
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
    Loved this story. Unable to put it down
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    very good book
    Published 2 months ago by sandra linda murphy
    2.0 out of 5 stars On a Parr with Finding Emma.
    Bought this book along with Finding Emma when they were on offer. The premise was good & possibly in the right hands they would have been worth the effort of reading. Read more
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