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Emma's Secret | [Steena Holmes]

Emma's Secret

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 She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.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

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 She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.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

©2013 Steena Holmes (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Vickie 05-03-14
    Vickie 05-03-14

    I'm an avid reader who now listens to books on tape. I'm a bit late to the game but enjoying the hands free reading.

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    "Too Dramatic!"
    Would you try another book from Steena Holmes and/or Kate Rudd?

    Unlikely.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The premise was enticing but the over-the-top drama of the mother, Megan made it nearly unbearable. She was so ego driven and lacked empathy for others especially the her daughter who recently was returned to their family. The father was the voice of reason and the daughter wise beyond her years and the mother didn't deserve either of them. Her drama was not driven by the kidnapping or external events but her own sense of insecurity, lack of esteem and need for attention.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't a complete waste of time but I felt cheated. The only reason I continued listening because of the father and daughter's characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 03-20-14
    Lisa 03-20-14
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    "Deja vu"

    The story was good but the story line was extremely similar to another book that I have read. I couldn't help but wonder which story was written first. Overall, the story kept your interest and was pretty good. I would recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leah 03-04-14
    Leah 03-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Emma's Secret"
    Would you listen to Emma's Secret again? Why?

    Yes, it was a relaxing interesting book that I didn't want to stop. A story that was enjoyable and written very well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters intrigued me. Each one brought life and harmony. It would be difficult to name one character. Peter was very calm and sensible usually making good decisions for Emma. All made the book excellent.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Life..I felt as though I was right in the middle of the scene. The voices were superb. I could not have found that in the book. I enjoyed each voice of the character which made me not want to turn off the audible. To me the book would have been more boring without hearing each character. I thought she was amazing!


    If you could rename Emma's Secret, what would you call it?

    I don't know I would rename. The title is what grabbed me as I bought the book first.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent writing by the author! An awesome put together story drawing in friends and community. It was real! I never rate a book a 5 but this one deserved a 5.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 02-20-14
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2011

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Heartwarming"

    A very heartwarming story, at the same time a sad situation, but you won't be disappointed, I really enjoyed the book...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stacie Murfreesboro, TN, US 02-07-14
    Stacie Murfreesboro, TN, US 02-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Engaging story that challenged my thinking."
    What did you love best about Emma's Secret?

    I got this book on sale and did not know it was book 2 of a series. I took a few days to decide if I should continue before reading Finding Emma and I did (though I will read Finding Emma). The story took turns that I did not expect and really challeged how I wanted to feel about the characters.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    The performance was ok. Not great but not the worst I've heard. She did try to change her performance for different characters but it sometimes came off poorly. However, it was consistent.


    If you could take any character from Emma's Secret out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Gosh, that is a hard one. I guess I would have to say Jack. He is a character I'd like to explore more fully. I'd like to know more about his life, the thoughts he had during Emma's disappearance and things like that.


    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasantly surprised with the story overall. I was frustrated how my feelings towards Papa and Dottie were changed through the story. I felt very close to Megan and expected I would have been much like her. I cried more than once but especially at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Pasadena, CA 91105 06-18-14
    Stephanie Pasadena, CA 91105 06-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "OMG! It can happen to any FAMILY with toddlers"
    What made the experience of listening to Emma's Secret the most enjoyable?

    Having a daughter and knowing that FEAR to keep your babies safe


    What did you like best about this story?

    Finding out that Emma's 5 years away from her FAMILY was happy and loving.
    Relating to her mother's feelings.
    Knowing that is every mother's worst nightmare.
    The siblings individual reactions to the entire series of events from start to finish because of their ages. How their lives were impacted.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No sure, but my focus is always on the story and the clarity of the readers.


    Who was the most memorable character of Emma's Secret and why?

    The innocent Grandpa, who loved his wife and accepted her story about Emma,
    He lost the love of his life and his granddaughter at the same time. Plus, lived with the stigma of "kidnapping" allocation. His guilt of not asking better questions when his wife came home with this child.


    Any additional comments?

    In the end, Emma was able to see her Grandpa, and the family was able to forgive and be grateful that their story was not tragic, like so many other families that deal with these circumstances every day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Zumpf MARENGO, IL, US 06-14-14
    Linda Zumpf MARENGO, IL, US 06-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "It drew me in from the beginning."
    Would you listen to Emma's Secret again? Why?

    The reader, Kate Rudd, has the voice of an angel. Not only did the story itself draw me into the characters from the very fist page, Kate's voice and diction were beautiful and lyrical. It was, quite literally, an "I can't put this down for a minute!" book. I've since ordered the other three books in the Finding Emma series. . . . And I'm not a series reader usually. 5 stars!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Aitken Madison, CT United States 01-31-14
    Erica Aitken Madison, CT United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Whiny, empty, boring"
    What would have made Emma's Secret better?

    A plot and better character development. The main person in the story, Megan, is shallow and annoying. The author uses the tired technique of going back in forth between protagonists none of which has anything to say.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will not take a risk next time and listen to something from a familiar author and narrator.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Rudd?

    I won't look for one but I won't avoid it either.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the reviews. And if there are none, well, bite the bullet.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelle 01-31-14
    Shelle 01-31-14
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    "Don't read this book if you are dieting."
    Would you try another book from Steena Holmes and/or Kate Rudd?

    If Steena Holmes writes a pastry/coffee book....maybe.
    Kate Rudd inas a great character voice so I will look for other authors she jas read.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steena Holmes again?

    Probably not.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I plan to.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Emma's Secret?

    Most of the coffee scenes except for the ones that are needed for the story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    N. Proctor North Carolina 01-31-14
    N. Proctor North Carolina 01-31-14 Member Since 2010

    Retired Life is great

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    "Long Story with no plot"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Unless you have nothing do - like staying in bed with a cold - even televison is better.

    I can't image any one enjoying this saga.


    What was most disappointing about Steena Holmes’s story?

    One would hope for clarity and character development in such a long book. And none of the characters were interesting. I don't know what Emma's secret and by the end of the book I didn't care. Perhaps this painting a picture of a happy family where every baby was inpregnanted by the father..


    What didn’t you like about Kate Rudd’s performance?

    didn't like, harsh, not easy


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    What a waste of time. I'm sticking with awarded or good reviewed books.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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