Finding Emma: Emma's Secret (2)
by Steena Holmes
Genre(s): Contemporary, Chick-lit
Published: June 2013
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Official Synopsis: "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 She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.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."
This is book 2 of a series! Be sure to learn more about book 1, Finding Emma, here!
Review: Bring on the feels and inner turmoil. Be prepared to drop all pretenses of what is black and white when it comes to kidnapping. This story has me sympathizing or even empathizing with every character. Well, all the major players in the book at least. Even the bit characters like Jan and Laurie are well played out though!
If you have not read Finding Emma already, I highly suggest you do so. It really adds so much to this book to understand what has happened already.
So this book takes place a few short months after the first book. Emma is back home and is trying to adapt but is missing her "grandparents" dearly and still thinks of herself as Emmie. Megan wants to remain angry at them forever for stealing those two years from her family and wants Emma to forget all about them. Peter just wants what is best for all his girls. And Jack misses his wife and Emmie and is heartbroken.
This story has so many shades of gray. They is no real "right" or "wrong" in how they are handling this very awkward situation. But how do you handle it? Each character has very different thoughts, feelings and reaction yet I cannot say what is or isn't okay. It is not a cut and dry scenario. How the kidnapping happened, the terrible mistake of a woman with dementia and the parents who had their family ripped about. So much emotion turmoil. Each character felt very real to me. Their behaviors fit to what what going on. And it had me wondering over and over "what would I do?" I still cannot answer that question. And I don't think anyone could, but that is was makes this a wonderful read.