Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Book Review: Dear Jack...a Finding Emma Novella

by: Steena Holmes

Available at Amazon

Dear Jack...a Finding Emma novella. The journal of a woman unwilling to let go.

Coming December 1, 2013

Dottie is a woman with a heart full of emotions but unable to express them unless through written word. When Jack goes off to war, Dottie is left behind having to be strong for their young daughter, Mary.

While Jack is away, she keeps a journal full of letters for Jack, for him to read when he comes home. Except, Jack has gone missing and leaves Dottie to fend for herself.

Were you one of the readers who wanted to know about the story behind Dottie and Doug? This is where you'll find out.

This was a unique experience. It's a very quick read, only a short story. It's written like letters to Jack in journal form. He had given her the journal to write in everyday that he was away. We learn about life during that time, the women left behind...the men left behind. Jack's friend couldn't serve in the war, so he was one of the few men around and it fell to him to help the women with the chores their husbands usually took care of.

I don't want to say too much more, I don't want to give it away. I found it a very easy read. It moves faster than a regular story because it's only a woman's nightly journal writing. She has a daughter, and that finds its way in a lot, she has his best friend who has promised to take care of them while Jack is away, and she writes about the other women in their neighborhood.

Jack and Dottie are characters from the novel Finding Emma. This is a interesting look into their past, and it gives some dimension especially to Dottie and even some clues to Mary.

Do you need to read Finding Emma first? Nope, in fact I didn't even remember the connection until I wrote this review. It stands alone just find on it's own.

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