by Starr Ayers
Series: Dream Beyond Tomorrow #2
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date April 5, 2022
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Woman's Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Illinois, North Carolina, Italy, Ireland Contemporary, World War II Era - 1939 - 1946
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 35-60
Written for: Adults
When Caroline Myers and her sister Kate find a wilted red rose on their mother’s headstone, the door to Emma Rose Walsh’s past swings open.
AS THE DARK CLOUDS OF WAR escalate in Europe, Emma leaves her North Carolina home and the soldier whose heart has never stopped longing for hers. However, when Andrew Brown, the charming Scotsman who’d won her affection, fails to meet her train in Chicago, Emma questions her hasty decision. Hundreds of miles now separate her from all that’s familiar and the people she loves. Has she misread Drew? Did her rush to heal her past prompt her to dismiss warning bells and ignore common sense?
Perhaps her sister is right—happy endings are only found in fairy tales.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: For the Love of Emma
I enjoyed For the Love of Emma very much and was delighted for the opportunity to read the rest of Emma’s story in Emma’s Quest. This lovely story picks up with Emma moving to another state to meet a man she barely knew and yet for whom she was willing to uproot her entire life.
Being narrated from several characters’ perspectives, including Tucker’s, the soldier who had loved her and yet lost her, added details that greatly enhanced the story. I loved getting to know Tucker as a young man and as an old man.
Though this story spans the course of several years and many relevant days and events from Emma’s life were chronicled, it never felt like a brain dump. Even the historical elements that gave the sense of time and place during World War II were incorporated very naturally.
I appreciated how the author kept me second-guessing things, especially whether one of the characters was a scoundrel or not! The mystery surrounding him added an element of excitement for me as I was enticed to turn page after page to discover the truth.