Winner of the 2012 National Indie Excellence Award
Book One: FINDING EMMA
Megan is the harried but happy stay-at-home mother of three little girls living in a small town. Her life implodes when her youngest daughter, Emma, disappears on her third birthday.
Two years later, her obsession with finding Emma has distanced Megan from both family and friends. Her two older daughters are resentful and her husband pleads with Megan to accept that Emma is gone so that as a family they can move on with their lives.
Meanwhile, in the nearby small town, Jack is beginning to question his wife’s secrecy about their adored grandaughter, Emmie. As Dottie slips into dementia and becomes increasingly protective over Emmie, he can’t help but wonder if there could be a dark secret Dottie is keeping from him.
Jack and Megan’s worlds finally intersect at the town carnival, when Megan snaps a photograph of a little girl on her grandfather’s shoulders.
Book Two: Dear Jack
Dear Jack…the journal of a woman unwilling to let go.
Dottie is a woman with a heart full of emotions but unable to express them unless through her journals.
When Jack goes off to war, Dottie is left behind having to be strong for their young daughter, Mary.
While Jack is away, she keeps a journal full of letters for Jack, for him to read when he comes home. Except, word comes that Jack has gone missing and leaves Dottie to fend for herself. She keeps hope that her husband is alive and will be coming home, until Jack’s personal effects are returned to her by a member of Jack’s unit.
When Doug, her husband’s best friend, shares with her a letter Jack wrote for her in case he never came home her world falls apart and it’s all she can do to hold herself together for Mary.
Were you one of the readers who wanted to know about the story behind Dottie and Doug? This is where you’ll find out.
Book Three: 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 She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.
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.
Book Four: DOTTIE’S MEMORIES
Did Dottie really think Emma was Mary, her long lost daughter?
Have you ever wondered what went through Dottie’s mind on the day she found Emma and then leading up to her death?
Did she understand the magnitude of what she’d done? Why did she keep it a secret from Jack?
This companion piece is a short novella that contains deleted journal entries from Emma’s Secret – entries that might be of interest to those who fell in love with the Finding Emma series.
Book Five: MEGAN’S HOPE
What is normal when a kidnapped daughter returns home?
Emma is now home and Jack, the man Emma calls Papa is part of their family. Life should be good, right?
Except Jack is dying and no one is quite ready to say goodbye.
This novella follows the life of Jack and Emma throughout the past year and if you thought your heart had already broke while reading Finding Emma and Emma’s Secret – get ready.
You’ll need kleenex and lots of it (at least, I did while I wrote it!)