Finding Emma – Steena Holmes – Book Review
Amazon Publishing/2012
  By: Sheri de Grom

 Steena Holmes introduces the reader to a family in crisis from chapter one FINDING EMMA BOOK COVERin Finding Emma. At times I had to force myself to breath while I continued to read. The story could represent any family, any-time, any- where. The author’s storytelling is spot-on for this particular, desperate family.

Emma, the youngest daughter, goes missing on her third birthday. It’s now two years later and Emma’s family is falling apart. Megan, Emma’s mother, is obsessed with finding her youngest daughter. Peter, Emma’s father, stays later and later at the office. The two older daughters believe their mother only cares about Emma. Peter demands that Megan stop looking for their daughter.

Peter might as well have asked Megan to stop breathing. How can a mother give-up searching for her child?

 . . . Pg 4 [“Emma!” Megan ran outside calling her baby’s name. She stopped in the middle of the driveway and scanned the area. Nothing. She wasn’t chasing butterflies, pulling flowers out of the garden, or playing with dandelions. She wasn’t anywhere.

Megan screamed as loud as she could and tears started to stream down her face.

Emma was gone.] . . .

Chapter one sets up the story and the author moves the reader forward two years later with chapter two.

Megan’s every waking moment and even her nightmares involve finding her daughter. She knows Peter isn’t happy with what he now calls her obsession and her two oldest daughters believe they are just in the way.

Steena Holmes writes raw and compelling emotion. Every heartache is believable; every sound of silence in dialogue is precisely placed for maximum affect.

Laurie, Megan’s best friend, is the one person who supports her even when Laurie doesn’t agree with every decision Megan makes. Laurie is believable as a best friend and she helps balance Megan’s character.

In chapter six we meet five-year-old Emmie. She’s living in the country with her grandparents and has been told her mother is in heaven.

Jack and Dottie might have been perfect grandparents for Emmie, except they aren’t who they say they are.

Finding Emma is a read where every action, every thought, every emotion drew me forward and deeper into the story. I found myself worrying about the characters I liked so much. How will they survive the hurt and loss because—someone will be without a child when the story’s over

Finding Emma by Steena Holmes is an excellent read. I always enjoy a book that leaves me with solid subject matter to think about and perhaps explore further.

About Sheri de Grom

Retired Fed/JAG, 5 yrs. on Capitol Hill. Former book buyer for B and N. Concerned citizen of military drawdown. Currently involved in mental healthcare reform, health care strategist and actively pursuing legislative change wherein dual retirees are exempt from enrolling in Medicare at their own discretion without losing tertiary healthcare benefits. Monitor and comment on Federal Register proposed legislation involving Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Medicare and rural libraries. Licensed OSHA Inspector to include Super Fund sites. Full time caregive to Vietnam era veteran. Conceptualized, investigated possible alternatives, authored, lobbied for, and successfully implemented Title X, Section 1095 (known as the Third Party Collection Program of Federal Insurance).
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  1. Great review. I plan to order it now.

  2. Excellent review, Sheri! Finding Emma is a story that cannot fail to impact every person who reads it. The subject matter and characters are compelling. Steena is a talented writer and we are all eagerly awaiting the sequel this summer!

  3. Sheri – what a sweet surprise to see your review! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and that it touched your heart – that means the world to me.

  4. Florence – I’ve lost a blog or two myself. I now have blogs going to my WP e-mail notification – but some still hang up with my wordprocessor – so it’s easy to miss one while I’m double checking to make sure I find everyone. I hope your weekend is going exactly the way you want.

  5. Sorry, my friend. This one got lost in WP hell. Well Sheri, you’ve done it again. My stomach rolled over and I stopped breathing. The horror or losing a child. And it sounds like the author handled it very well. Thanks for another review 🙂

  6. Arlene says:

    Sheri, your review is excellent. My emotions started tugging just from reading your review, I can’t imagine how I’ll feel reading the actual book. Thanks for putting it on my radar! 🙂

  7. On my reading list it goes, it looks like a worthy read. Thanks for the review.

  8. Deb says:

    Sounds to me like I wouldn’t be able to put the book down, Sherri!
    Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

  9. Great review, Sheri! This book is sure to tug at the heart and I’m looking forward to reading it.

    • Tameri – I first read a brief review of ‘Finding Emma’ on your blog a while back and knew that I wanted to read the book. I’m sure you’ll find the story a compelling read. Thank you for reading with me.

      • I remember that! I did a promo for Steena when Finding Emma first came out ~ this is the relaunch with the sweet new cover. It’s been amazing to watch Steena’s career take off and I’m so happy for her. I know I’m going to love the story, but also know it’s going to be painful, because like you said, someone will lose a child. I always enjoy your reviews, thank YOU for reading with US!

  10. I shared your Book Review on my Facebook page that has about 431 followers—I do that with each review that you write! Your writing is so engaging!

  11. Sheri, your review is pivoting–it is every parent’s worst fear–and now I fear it for my grandchildren…recently, I am wondering if I should remove their photos from my blog. With all that is happening–it is so scary. The horrific happenings the occur on a daily basis to women and children—rips the scars I carry wide open—the inhumanity of people…Just last week, in Milwaukee, a boyfriend took the 3 year old boy of his girlfriend in anger and plunged the child into a scalding bath of hot water, because the boy soiled his pants…the boy died three days later. Oh my heart bleeds–I am literally crying thinking of it…I have all but stopped watching the news. But, yes, IF we stop speaking about it—it will become ever worse, I fear.

    • For every individual that loves a child, their abduction is the worst nightmare possible. Human trafficking is on the rise and no one is immune. We have to advocate for the victims caught up in these nightmares. I’m convinced that what many in law enforcement would like to call ‘run aways’ are actually individuals that have been caught up in the net of criminals. Small children are such easy targets. The days are gone when we can allow children to play with abandon and freedom. They can and will disapear in a moment. Thanks for reading with me.

  12. Sheryl says:

    The book sounds really good. I’m so far behind on my reading. I’m going to have to try to change some of my priorities so that I have more time for reading.

    • Sheryl – I understand your situation. I’ve given up late night movies for reading and never go anywhere without a book. I keep my kindle in my purse, a book tucked in the car for those unexpected times when my husband wants to stop at Lowe’s or someother place I have no interest in, lots of reading time waiting for doctor appointments, and such. Now that spring has arrived, my rose gardens are calling me and I do love all aspects of gardening and that’s one place where I don’t want anything inteferring with my communing with nature. It’s hard work to find time for all the extras in our life but I do love to read and it helps me relax.

  13. A bit of a departure from my normal reads, but you’ve got me intrigued, Sheri. Thanks.

  14. iamforchange says:

    Another beautiful review even if it wasn’t a book I would normally choose I would on your recommendation and description. Thank you for being such a positive person and sharing such positive energy in our world.

  15. Jane Sadek says:

    Great book. Read it myself not so long ago. I agree with you about how compelling and believable it is.

  16. Patti – I first read about ‘Finding Emma’ on Tamerie Etherton’s blog when she posted a brief review. From her review I knew I wanted to read ‘Finding Emma.’ Be sure to check out Tamerie’s blog at I believe you’ll enjoy the read and yes, this novel is indeed right up your alley.

  17. Hi Rachie – I think we talked before about the difference between ‘chick lit’ and ‘women’s fiction’. Rachie, you have years and years before you move into deeply emotional women fiction reads. I do have a couple lighter ones coming up in the near future that you might enjoy. Once again, thanks for reading with me. I always appreciate your comments.

  18. I’ve seen this one around and now I’ve got to read it. Right up my alley.

  19. This sounds like it might be too heart-wrenching for me to read right now, but you know it’s a good author when they can toss your emotions around like that.

  20. Mae Clair says:

    Such a hard subject to write about. It sounds like the author did a compelling job. I’d be worried about those characters I’d come to care for too. Like you said, at the end, someone will be without a child.What an emotional story line!

    • Mae – Steena Holmes was inspired to write ‘Finding Emma’ after experiencint a brief moment of horror when she thought her youngest daughter was missing. She wanted to write a story other mothers of young children could relate to. ‘Finding Emma’ is an emotional roller coaster of a read but written in such a way that all age groups can relate and be aware of the times we live in where children are abducted on a consistent basis.

  21. Terry says:

    this sounds like a book I could not put down, very emotional

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