He’s been patiently waiting for twelve years to become a father. The timing of the pregnancy also isn’t ideal—Diane has just been promoted, and Brian is being called away to open a new London office for his company. Fast-forward one year: being a mother has brought Diane a sense of joy that she’d never imagined and she’s head over heels for her new baby, Grace.
Usa best book award finalist in general Fiction When Brian finds out that his wife, is pregnant, Diane, he is elated. As unsettling changes in those around Diane began to emerge, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. A woman’s dark past collides head-on with her mysterious present in this surreal and gripping family drama.
. But diane has always been nervous about having children because of her family’s dark past. But things are far from perfect: Brian has still not returned from London, and Diane fears leaving the baby for even a moment.
The Memory Journal: A Companion Novella to The Memory Child The Memory Child Series Book 2
She left her fiancé in a small village in the Congo where they both work for Doctors Without Borders and rushed home to take care of her sister. She wants to believe that love will conquer all and all that other nonsense hopeless romantics believe, but can love overcome the lies she’s told Marcus about her past?Charlie wasn’t meant for happily-ever-afters, even though Marcus was her Prince Charming.
This novella follows the story of charlie Peters, sister of Diane, from The Memory Child and is sure to touch your heart as The Memory Child did. Just when she thought it was safe to dream about a future again, Charlie Peters’ world came crashing down when she received word her sister was in the hospital.
Emma's Secret: A Novel Finding Emma Book 2
Megan is consumed with bitterness, while Peter works later and later nights in the company of his gorgeous business partner. 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 She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her. For two years, emma, megan, peter, alexis and hannah, and their two older daughters, dream of nothing but being reunited with the family’s youngest child, who was kidnapped just before her third birthday.
And peter must decide between the happiness of his youngest daughter and the trust of his family. Then a chance encounter in town leads to a secret that changes everything again for Emma. She barely remembers her parents or her older sisters. And in the middle of everything, Megan’s best friend has become suddenly distant and secretive.
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 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. 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. A mother’s near-obsessive devotion to her missing daughter threatens to destroy more than one family. Megan is the harried but happy stay-at-home mother of three little girls living in a small town.
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.
The Word Game
So it’s a big step for her when she lets Lyla attend a sleepover at her cousin’s house. Usa best book award winner in general fiction For overprotective parent Alyson Ward, any time her daughter, Lyla, is out of sight is reason to panic. Will the sisters be strong enough to face their demons in order to protect the child, even if it means telling their most private truths?
Now, alyson and tricia must confront their painful shared past as they come together to help a little girl who they fear might be harboring terrible secrets similar to their own. Comforted by the knowledge that her sister, is the chaperone, Tricia, Alyson does the one thing she never thought possible: she lets go and trusts that her daughter will be safe.
But alyson’s sense of peace is short lived. When lyla comes home the next morning, she reveals something that could tear apart not only their family but also the entire community.
Twenty-year-old abigail turner has only known her mother, postcards, videos, Claire—who died shortly after she was born—through letters, and journals. Despite her father’s objections, abby and millie embark on a journey of discovery in which Abby will learn secrets that force her to reevaluate her image of her mother and come to a more mature understanding of a parent-child bond that transcends death.
New york times and usa today bestselling author Steena Holmes offers a tender and heartfelt exploration of parental love and a daughter’s longing for connection in the poignant next chapter following Saving Abby. Abby’s father, josh, has raised his precious daughter himself, but his overprotectiveness has become stifling.
Abby longs to forge out on her own and see the world after a childhood trapped indoors: she suffers from bronchopulmonary dysplasia, which means a case of the sniffles can rapidly escalate into life-threatening pneumonia. But when abby’s doctor declares her healthy—for now—her grandmother Millie whisks her away to Europe to visit the Christmas markets that her mother cherished and chronicled in her travel journals.
Megan's Hope: a Finding Emma novella Finding Emma Series Book 5
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. Enjoy! Each of the monthly stories found in this novella were available to Steena’s newsletter subscribers as a special bonus but now they are available for everyone. You’ll need kleenex and lots of it.
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.
Stillwater Shores Stillwater Bay Series
No one expected their lives to be torn apart, their friendships tested in one short minute when their town is rocked by a danger lurking in their tight-knit community. This story gives you a glimpse into the town of Stillwater Bay and its residents. Fans of jodi picoult and elin hilderbrand will fall in love with this series that sets the stage for Stillwater Rising, from NY Times bestselling author Steena Holmes.
Please note: This was once titled Before the Storm. 5 women. Five women bonded by friendship, there for each other no matter the storms that came. Five women who had no idea their lives were about to be destroyed. Five women bonded by friendship. Until they weren't. You will see what their lives were like BEFORE the storm that rocked their little community descended upon them.
This is the prequel to Stillwater Rising. Note: this story was originally titled BEFORE THE STORM. They all needed this night to run away and be carefree - from their husbands, no responsibilities, their children, their church - with no expectations, where they weren't mothers or wives.
Dear Jack Finding Emma Series
When jack goes off to war, Dottie is left behind having to be strong for their young daughter, Mary. 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. While jack is away, she keeps a journal full of letters for Jack, for him to read when he comes home.
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. Except, word comes that Jack has gone missing and leaves Dottie to fend for herself. 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. Please note this novella is only 10, 000 words long and is meant as a companion to Finding Emma. Bonus material included — excerpt from Emma's Secret! .
Meanwhile, the school principal, and charlotte’s husband, her best friend, Mayor Charlotte Stone, struggles to keep the town together, may not be the hero everyone thinks him to be. For jenn, there is no going back, broken and grieving, and she demands that the school be closed so that she can bury the past.
As they try to heal from this irrevocable trauma, Jenn and Charlotte find themselves at a crossroads—within the town and within their friendship. After losing her son in an elementary school shooting that devastates the tight-knit community of Stillwater Bay, Jennifer Crowne finds herself unable to settle back into her role of perfect stay-at-home mom and committee organizer.
. Jenn and charlotte’s relationship is put to the ultimate test as each weighs her own interests against the bonds of their friendship. Yet charlotte is equally desperate to hold the town together, fighting the school closure and helping the shooter’s mother regain her place in the community.
After six years of trying to conceive, she and her husband, Josh, have finally accepted that she will never be pregnant with a child of their own. Yet once they give up hope, the couple gets the miracle they’ve been waiting for. And as her symptoms worsen, claire will have to make an impossible decision: Save her own life, or save her child’s?USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Steena Holmes brings us an unforgettable story of one woman’s courage and love.
But when she begins to experience debilitating headaches, blurred vision, and even fainting spells, the soon-to-be mother goes to the doctor and receives a terrifying diagnosis. Since any treatment could put their unborn baby’s life at risk, the Turners must carefully weigh their limited options. All children’s book illustrator Claire Turner ever wanted was to be a mother.
For the first few months of her pregnancy, Claire and Josh are living on cloud nine.