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Finding Emma

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Bestseller, Winner of the 2012 National Indie Excellence Award for Fiction

Synopsis

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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, Megan is preparing to commemorate Emma’s birthday and the anniversary of her kidnapping, compelled to keep her name alive in the minds of her community and her family. Her commitment to Emma, however, borderlines on obsession as she follows the families of little girls who look like the daughter she lost.

Her obsession with finding Emma has distanced Megan from both friends and family. Her two older daughters are resentful of her relentless and fruitless search for their sister, and her husband pleads with her to accept that Emma is gone so that the family can move on with their lives.

Meanwhile, in the same small town, Jack is beginning to question his wife’s secrecy about their adored granddaughter, 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 that 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.


Make a Difference

The moment Emma’s story unfolded before me, I knew that I would donate proceeds of every sale towards the Missing Children Society of Canada, an organization dedicated to reuniting families. As a mother, losing a child—especially having a child go missing—has to be our worst nightmare. This is one nightmare I never want to experience but with your help, we can support those who have. 50% of all the proceeds of every paperback copy of Finding Emma will be donated to MCSC, as well every year for Mother’s Day, 100% of all copies of Finding Emma (both ebook and paperback) will be donated to MCSC. Together we can make a difference!

Missing Children Society of Canada


Praise for Finding Emma

“Meagan Taylor’s obsession with finding her daughter becomes the reader’s obsession, too. I fell in love with the adorable Emma and found myself riveted to Ms. Holmes’ every word. While I turned the pages, I kept hoping against all odds that the sweet little girl would find her way home. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll cheer Meagan’s efforts right to the last page.” —Brenda Sinclair

“Finding Emma was a truly outstanding, character driven story that lingers with you after you finish!” —Sweet Diva Reader (Marla)

“Steena Holmes’s book, Finding Emma sucked me in and spit me out exhausted yet happy! The ebb and flow of the writing was perfect. I got so attached to the mother in the story, I wanted to crawl into this book and defend her.” —Pamela Vanden Bos

“Steena Holmes takes you into a family situation that is so painful you want to flee, but she introduces you to the characters so compassionately that you know you have to stay and love them through it.” —Renee

“Ms. Holmes takes a complex and difficult subject and tells a complex and wonderful story and she tells it from multiple points of view, forcing the reader to get inside all the bits and pieces and inhabit them until the whole thing reveals itself as what it is—a deep tragedy.” —Caitlin Martin

“I am a voracious reader, but it has been a long time since I picked up a novel that I was unable to put down. Finding Emma may be the most heart-wrenching and heart-warming book I have ever read. From the first page, the characters pulled me in and held me captive. Is there anything more heart breaking than losing a child? Emma’s family must struggle to go on after her disappearance, but it is tearing them apart. When Emma’s mother Megan believed she had found her daughter, I thought my heart would break. This is a book I would highly recommend to anyone. Tense, emotional and realistic it will ring your emotions dry.” —Katherine O’Connor

“Don’t let this lead you to believe this book is just sad. It’s not. There is some hope, and as the story unravels you’ll be drawn right in.” —PS Mom’s Review

“… [Steena] takes her characters and gives them so much depth and emotion. I am so glad I decided to go for it and read it!” —Pantyless Preachers Wife

“Definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read that might tug at your heart strings a bit and has a bit of a mystery to it as well.” —Concert Katie

“Finding Emma is a page-turning, gut-wrenching read that will burrow its way into your heart.” —Minding Spot

“I read Finding Emma intensely, captivated by the mystery, by the suspense, by the conflicts…eager to reach the conclusion, yet not wanting the book to end.” —Keenly Kristin


Podcast Interview

Author of the new heart wrenching story Finding Emma, Steena is a woman who believes that “in the end, all things succumb… to the passions of your heart.” Steena’s life revolves around her family, friends, and fiction. Add some chocolate into the mix and she’s living the good life. She took those passions and made them a dream come true by pouring her heart into each of her stories. Interview: Saturday, June 23, 2012 1pm