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Megan sees her daughter Emma everywhere. She's the little girl standing in the supermarket, the child waiting for the swings at the playground, the girl with ice cream dripping down her face. But it's never Emma.

Emma's been missing for two years.

Unable to handle the constant heartache of all the false sightings, Megan's husband threatens to walk away unless Megan can agree...more
Paperback, 265 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Steena Holmes
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Kristi
Such a dreadful book, poorly written, no character development, massive plotholes, badly edited, really bad! The two main female characters are so unsympathetic - firstly there is the mother, Megan, whose daughter is kidnapped. Megan is very unlikeable and totally self absorbed and so melodramatic. She also is in the habit of falling asleep during the day with her 3 year old child outside of the house so big surprise that the child goes missing! I can't describe how much I hated this character,...more
Bette Crosby
Loved this book. It is the story of a Mother who child is there one moment and gone the next. You might think a woman who went through this would give up on life completely, but Megan can't. She has two other children and a husband to consider. This is truly a heart-wrenching story that will send you off to hug your own babies. It is an Amazon best seller and easy to understand why.
Patricia Sands
Finding Emma is a story that goes straight to the heart. Suspenseful and gripping, the reader experiences the full range of emotions as author Steena Holmes artfully guides us through an experience we all hope we never face.

Megan and Peter, the parents of three sweet daughters, begin the long journey into a parent's worst nightmare when three-year-old Emma suddenly disappears from her own home.

Through two years of searching, praying, and wishing, her loss consumes the family and no one more so...more
Kelly Hager
Ever since her youngest daughter was kidnapped, Megan's been falling apart. She tries to stay sane and normal for her husband and two other daughters, but it's not working. She keeps thinking she sees Emma, but she's always wrong. And then one day, she looks through pictures she took when they went to the fair and she sees Emma in the background.

Meanwhile, Emmie is a young girl who lives with her grandparents. She loves them both, but it's hard because her grandma is very overprotective. Emmie i...more
Amy
A 3 to girl disappears, leaving her parents and 2 sisters in perpetual unrest two years afterward.
Elsewhere, two grandparents are raising their 5 yo granddaughter.
There's no mystery, the girls even have similar names, Emma and Emmie. The characters are likable, albeit one-dimnensional, the plot predictable, the writing marginal. The writing contained many cliches, confusing pronouns, and the most egregious grammar taboo, starting too many sentences with "it".
One of the minor characters was a 3 y...more
Elena Aitken
As a mother, this is your worst fear! To have your child disappear and have to continue living day to day. How would you do it? How would you go on if every time you turned around you thought you saw her?
This is what Megan suffers through. For years as her marriage and family crumble around her, she hangs on to the hope that Emma is out there.
Finding Emma is a heartbreaking story of a mother's journey of hope. I was captured by the emotion and depth of the characters from the beginning. And ro...more
Annie McDonnell
This was a story that had me on the edge of my seat, because I had intense feelings for each of the characters. Megan and Peter have a lovely family with three children, the eldest is Hannah, the middle sister is Alexis, and the youngest is Emma.
The girls were enjoying a local carnival on Emma’s third birthday when she disappeared in the blink of an eye. This is where the story begins.
Megan’s determination to find her daughter turns in to what her husband considers an obsession. He feels that Me...more
Louise Behiel
I bought this book some time ago, but couldn't force myself to read it - Sometimes reading about the pain and horror inflicted on children is just too much to bear, so I put it away. This week I decided I could take a peak and settled in to read.
I'm so glad I did.

Finding Emma is a strongly written deeply emotional story about a topic every mother can understand. A book where there are no bad guys, but where bad things happen. Emotional, evocative and deeply touching, Finding Emma is all that I e...more
Ginny Messina
Holy moly, this was some bad writing. I found it while poking around the selections in the kindle free lending library and it had tons of great reviews. Which really makes you wonder. This was self-published, and while the author thanks an editor in her acknowledgements, I suspect it was more managing editor type of help. There is no way that anyone with any editing skill whatsoever went through this manuscript, which uses the same phrases over and over again, and is jam-packed with nails-on-the...more
Allison Collette Smith
I had read the sequel first (Emma's Secret), and felt that to clear up some of the holes from that book I needed to read this one to get the full story. Honestly, not as good as Emma's Secret, and all of the same complaints only actually heightened as a reader. Grammatical errors throughout the text, odd breaks in chapters, lots of odd structures and even a lack of fluidity at times. There were also discrepancies between the two novels - one example was in Emma's Secret, Emma has a stuffed lion...more
Terri Tinkel
Apr 04, 2012 Terri Tinkel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves children
Shelves: family, marriage, children
This story was every mother's nightmare. A mother of 3 daughters, turns her head for a moment and her 3 year old baby girl disappears. Of course, she is frantic. Her life has been changed. Her marriage is falling apart. Her other 2 daughters are feeling left out. And she can't give up on believing her daughter is still alive and will come home again.

After I finished the book, the author's comments said she was giving a large portion of her profits to the Missing Children's funds in our country....more
Katie O'Connor
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 w...more
Stephanie
What an emotional story of a women whose younger daughter has gone missing. Emma has been missing for two years and Meagan's life is falling apart all around her desperately wanting her daughter back. Will she find her? Does she save her family from falling apart? Read this story and find out!


Steena Holmes does a fabulous job with the character building and writing about the human condition these characters find themselves facing.

An intense, heart- wrenching story that will change you. I rated...more
Alyssa
An incredible book. I couldn't put it down, even when I had tears in my eyes.
Clarissa Draper
What is it about? This is a parent's worst nightmare. They turn around and their child disappears. This is a story of a mother's quest to find her daughter and at the same time keep her family together. This book gives two points of view (a) the mother that lost the child and (b) the man that took her.

What I liked: As a mother, this book really tugged at my heartstrings. The thought of never seeing my child again is unthinkable to me and the author really portrays the emotions at some points.

Wha...more
Tiffany
Megan and Peter are living every parent's worst nightmare. Their three-year-old daughter, Emma, has disappeared. It has been two years without Emma and it has taken a massive toll on their family. Megan thinks she sees Emma constantly and Peter is pulling away from her. Their other two daughters, Alexis and Hannah, are also struggling in their own way. The whole family is in danger of coming apart and Peter has given Megan an ultimatum: either finally put this behind them and concentrate on the...more
Melodie
Finding Emma is about a little girl taken from her family on her third birthday. Her mother,Megan never stops looking, searching, convinced that her Emma is alive and just waiting be found. Her Dad and two older sisters are grief stricken, and one is guilt ridden. But as time passes,they long for closure. Emma's Dad would like to move on, resume some sense of normal life, even though he continues to miss his little girl every day. And Emma's sisters miss her, but long for the Mom they used to k...more
Nani
This was a Book Club read for me. I enjoy Book Clubs because it introduces me to styles I wouldn't normally read. I realize my taste in reading is usually dictated more by my tomboy side.

Half of Finding Emma was an inspection of the minds of Emma's parents, especially her mother, Megan, when their toddler daughter disappears after venturing out the front door into the front yard on her own. It also describes the different ways they react to their family trauma and are still reacting two years af...more
Gina
This was an emotional journey of a mother, Megan, whose daughter wondered out of her backyard at the age of 2 and was never seen again. Now it is two years later and Megan is still doing everything in her power to find Emma. She sees Emma in every child she sees, she is depressed, and knows she is losing her family...her other two daughters and husband. Megan's entire focus for the past few years has been on Emma and her other daughters feel like they have lost their mother in turn. Peter, Megan...more
Chaniese
Nov 18, 2012 Chaniese added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to read a good emotionals drama.
Recommended to Chaniese by: Amazon
I was on my kindle looking for a cheap book to read and somehow after clicking 50 various random recommendations I stumbled this one and thought eh why not cant be too awful plus its only $4 sy o I got it and am actually very happy I did. For a book/author I had never heard of I was very pleasantly surprised. Very emotional mystery/drama about a mother and her desire to bring her baby home. When everyone tells her its time to move on from her daughters disappearance two years ago she can't seem...more
Alicia Rades
In all honesty, I was a bit disappointed in this book. For the series selling so many copies, I was expecting something amazing. I guess I got my hopes up too high.

I really hate to write a poor review since I'm also a writer and it just doesn't seem right to complain about a more successful writers' talent, but I found a few problems with this book.

1.) I was not a fan of the writing style at all. Every sentence seemed clipped and about the same length, making it a boring read. For example:
"Jack...more
Susan Ashcraft
Mar 31, 2012 Susan Ashcraft rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: fiction, mystery
What would you do if your daughter just disappeared? Just walked out the door and vanished? What would this do to your family? Would your marriage survive? How would your relationship with your other children be affected? How would you cope? How would it affect you?

You have a chance to change the past mistakes you had made with your daughter by raising your granddaughter differently. Can things be different? Can you keep her safe? Is keeping her isolated on the farm the best thing? Your wife's i...more
Jenna Howard
This story is heartbreaking. A mother turns around in her kitchen to find her three year old daughter is gone. She wandered out the open door and...vanished like a balloon in the sky. Megan has spent three years seeing her daughter on every blonde little girl in the street. Peter is struggling to hold their family together and their two remaining daughters are just as lost as Emma. As the story unravels so does Megan. She fears her husband is cheating on her, he keeps eyeballing the cop Megan's...more
Jenny Lloyd
Megan is trying to live her life,one day at a time, two years after her daughter Emma disappeared, but subconsciously she is looking everywhere for Emma and her mind plays tricks on her, making her mistake other little girls for her daughter. Megan has learned to keep these instances of mistaken identity to herself for fear of her husband's reaction to them - usually, impatience, anger and threats of 'putting her back on medication'.
Megan's husband is DREADFUL. Megan spends most of her time angs...more
Angie Holtz
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I knew I'd enjoy this book, but really I loved it. My heart broke for Peter and Megan, whose marriage is being held together by a thread. It's not a surprise that many relationships don't survive this kind of tragedy. Your heart breaks over and over again, it would be hard to not take out some frustration on the person nearest you. And the other problem is devoting so much energy to finding your missing child that you completely ignore your family that is still there.

The...more
Suzanne
I loved reading this book! As a parent, one of the worst fears you have is losing a child. When Emma is ripped from the arms of here loving family, disappearing virtually without a trace, he mother Megan leads the charge for two years, never giving up hope that Emma will be found. For a long time, she sees Emma everywhere and no amount of counseling will help her to cope with the loss of her daughter. In her heart, she knows that Emma is out there somewhere and will continue to look, despite the...more
D.L. Snow
I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of this book.

Four year old Emma goes missing. Her family searches frantically for her but there are no leads. Now Megan, Emma's mother, sees her daughter in every child. More than once she has brought hardship on the family because of mistaken identity. Two years later, and the search is taking its toll on the entire family. Megan's husband and daughters feel like they've not only lost their little sister, but their mother too. But can Megan ever st...more
Debbie
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Dan
This is a powerful story about a woman’s desperate search for the daughter that disappeared two years earlier.

There are two stories here; one involving Megan and the search for her missing daughter. Her obsessiveness may be the destruction of her marriage and family. Meanwhile, there is Jack and Dottie, taking care of their young granddaughter Emmie and Dottie is suffering from dementia.

I really felt the pain that Megan was going through and the effect it had on her husband and two other daughte...more
Kelly
An emotionally charged story of a little girl who goes missing for two years and the devastating effects it had on her family, The pain and anguish the mother experienced was almost palpable, a parent's worst nightmare. Through it all, Peter tried to console and keep his marriage to Megan together as he attempts to provide closure to care for their other two daughters. Even after 2 years Megan couldn't help but see Emma's face in every child she encountered. How does one put closure on a missing...more
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NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author - Steena is the author of the heart wrenching Finding Emma series and the upcoming novel Stillwater Rising.

Steena Holmes grew up in a small town in Canada and holds a Bachelors degree in Theology.

In 2012 she received the Indie Excellence Award. Holmes was inspired to write Finding Emma after experiencing a brief moment of horror when she’d thought her yo...more
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