Author: Linda Mitchelmore
Emma and her Daughter is the final book in a trilogy which started with To Turn Full Circle, which I haven’t read, and continued with Emma: There’s No Turning Back, which I have read.
This final chapter in the trilogy is set years later and much has happened that we have no knowledge of. I think you could quite easily and quite happily read this as a stand alone without missing too much.
Elements of the story do rely heavily on Emma: There’s No Turning Back but where required we are brought up to speed on the relevant events from the past so that it jogs the memory, or would serve to flesh the back story for those who haven’t read preceding books.
A widowed Emma returns to England from Canada with her reluctant teenaged daughter Fleur. They return to the same area Emma and her late husband left all those years ago and Emma is determined to make a new life there.
Elements of the story were quite predictable and even as the twists came into play you could guess what was going to happen relatively easily. There weren’t a lot of surprises but that doesn’t detract from interesting storytelling and characters you could grow attached to; and if you have read preceding volumes characters you are already attached to.
Emma left everything behind when she went to Canada with Seth and baby Fleur so there is quite a lot of history for her to return to. Fleur on the other hand knows nothing of England, she doesn’t remember living there as a baby and is devastated to be leaving her life and her friends behind in Canada.
On her return to England Emma is after a new life, not necessarily a return to the one she left which is why she chooses not to rent the huge house she worked in before her departure. She rents a house, starts a business and looks up her oldest friend but she doesn’t try to track down the person she probably wants to see the most.
It is interesting to read Emma’s story and get a glimpse of what life was like for a woman in her day. Emma is a strong, capable, independent woman and she was very limited in what she could do by the period she lived in. She couldn’t own property and people wouldn’t associate with her because she was on her own. I think the thing that surprised me the most was that nurses weren’t allowed to be married, I can’t understand that and it would have made anyone with a passion for their work find it difficult to decide what their future might hold.
Emma and her Daughter held no surprises but it was a touching story of family and bonds that transcend blood, of a strong woman building her life her way and of friendship. It tells us that sometimes if things are meant to be they will be, eventually. This was an enjoyable read which nicely concluded Emma’s story and tied up all the pieces of the puzzle.
Emma and Her Daughter is available through Choc Lit digitally and will be available in paperback this December.