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Emma's Secret: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Steena Holmes
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)

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 She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.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


    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 509 KB
    • Print Length: 254 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477800662
    • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (25 Jun. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00BAZ4YBK
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    Author of the new heart wrenching BestSeller "Finding Emma", Steena is a woman who believes that 'in the end, everything succumbs...to the passions of your heart'. Steena's life revolves around her family, friends, fiction and chocolate.

    Visit her at www.steenaholmes.com

    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:
    under the Masquerade Series:
    The Master
    The Mask

    under the Secret Desires Series:
    The Blindfold
    Pearl Drops

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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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    10 of 10 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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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic conclusion to Emma's story 26 Jun. 2013
    By Natasha
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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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    10 of 11 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
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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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    4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful sequel in a great story 3 Oct. 2013
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    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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    2 of 2 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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars What was Emma's secret? 11 Nov. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A gentle read 3 Oct. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I enjoyed this book but it left me feeling I wanted to know more. About the people who loved Emma.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    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 5 days ago by Pip-Pat
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
    Loved this story. Unable to put it down
    Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    very good book
    Published 1 month 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
    Published 1 month ago by Joy Green
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great story line which gripped my attention to the very end.
    Published 1 month ago by janet
    5.0 out of 5 stars a gripping read
    Don't start this book late at night, you won't be able to,put it down. A very well written story where the characters come alive as you read it.
    Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Patricia A. Meen
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good read
    Published 2 months ago by Mrs A Ball
    4.0 out of 5 stars Coming to terms with the homecoming of their lost daughter.
    Good insight into how emma's disappearance affected all the family.
    Published 2 months ago by gloria
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    Rubbish!
    Published 2 months ago by H. Claridge
    2.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the first book but in "Emma's Secret"
    I enjoyed the first book but in "Emma's Secret", so much ground from the first book was revisited over and over again.. There was nothing new or particularly interesting. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Chrissie
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