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Stormi's Review: The First Emma by Camille Di Maio

REVIEWER PURCHASE PUBLISHER: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing RELEASED: May 5, 2020 GENRE: Historical, Romance LENGTH: FORMAT: eBook, Paperback


Inspired by true events

1914 - Young bride Emma Koehler dreams of a happy marriage and a simple life with her husband, but her hopes are quickly dashed by Otto’s obsession with his business. Though they become one of the wealthiest couples in the country – a fortune made on beer, mining, and hospitality - Emma is lonely in their stone mansion, unable to have children and unable to keep his attentions at home. When a tragic accident changes everything, Otto presents a new betrayal – and Emma must choose between loyalty and independence in a world that demands convention.

1943 – Mabel Hartley flees Baltimore after the war leaves her broken and alone. She answers the advertisement of a dying woman in San Antonio, with an urgent plea to come write her memoirs. In Emma Koehler, Mabel discovers astounding resilience - a pioneer who weathered personal devastation and navigated her large brewery through the storm of Prohibition. Soon Mabel realizes that Texas holds more for her than this new friendship. Romance blooms even as she’s given up on love, and an unexpected phone call gives her hope that not all goodbyes are final.

The First Emma is a moving story of love, hope, and murder that captures one woman’s journey to make her mark on history and another’s desire to preserve it. FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS

A big-time business tycoon with a wife and two mistresses are murdered. All of them named Emma. In this story, based on the true story of Emma Koehler and Otto Koehler, we get a novel that brings a real tragedy to light.

I loved this story. Mabel and Erik are a fantastic couple, and I love how the "come together." The story that Emma tells is one that I see so many women face and murder...well, wouldn't it cross your mind? I know I can say yes, it would mine. Haha. This story brings a detailed, colorful tale of the downfall of a man and the rise of a woman in man's business. It told of her strength and her passion. It also told the story of love, romance, and betrayal. It was a fantastic novel. So far, I have read every single book by this author, and I have yet to be displeased. She has become one of my top authors, and I can't wait what she has in store for us next.

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