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Emma's Secret

Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Series: Finding Emma, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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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 She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.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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Great story but not written well

I struggled to finish this novel. It could be fantastic with a good edit and polish.

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  • Vickie
  • 03-05-14

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.

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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.

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  • Lisa
  • 20-03-14

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.

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  • Stephanie E. O'Neill
  • 18-06-15

Book 2 Completed the Original Story Nicely

I'm glad the author wrote a second book, because there was more of the story to be told. It delivered for the most part, although it got a bit tedious and redundant toward the end. Ultimately, the ending paid off, and I was satisfied. It's a good read/listen.

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  • Linda Zumpf
  • 14-06-14

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!

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  • Leah
  • 04-03-14

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.

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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.

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  • Nyoka
  • 20-02-14

Heartwarming

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

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  • Stacie
  • 07-02-14

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.

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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.

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  • Shawn O'rourke
  • 09-08-19

Boring, boring!

Disappointed. I was expecting much more by Holmes. the same story just went on and on with no suspense.

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  • Clarie DeWayne
  • 13-04-18

Emotional

Narration was a bit over done. Story line seemed authentic, but reminded me how much I like action over emotion.

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  • Karen Romanoski
  • 11-03-17

Great story but...

Siri would have done a better reading this, it sounded like a robot. I finished just because the story was good.