For the Love of Emma
by Starr Ayers
Series: Dream Beyond Tomorrow #1
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date December 8, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: North Carolina Contemporary, Great Depression - US - 1929-1939
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 35-60
Written for: Adults
“I dreamt of Noah last night. He was going to ask me to marry him …”
A rose-covered grave, seventy-nine letters, and a scribbled note unearth buried emotions and the timeless beauty of first love.
When Caroline Myers discovers a box of letters in her deceased mother’s trunk, she’s captivated by the romance that unfolds between her mother, Emma Rose Walsh, a nineteen-year-old waitress, and Noah Anderson, a handsome young soldier.
Determined to read between the lines, Caroline and her sister, Kate, set out on a search that leads them to the North Carolina foothills and the padlocked gate of the Anderson family cemetery. Will the one who holds the key keep them from unearthing long-buried secrets and fulfilling a request their mother tucked inside the box sixty-four years earlier? Will they find closure—or encounter a surprising revelation that plunges them deeper into the past?
Based on a true story from the author’s family.
I would like to thank Mountain Brook Ink for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
It’s amazing how even knowing the end of a story before you start reading it doesn’t make the journey any less fascinating!
In For the Love of Emma, it is clear from the beginning that Noah is Emma’s first love – but not her last. Yet the mystery of the matter is who Noah is and what happened. Piecing together what they can from newly discovered letters from Noah to their mother, Kate and Caroline seek answers to these questions. Told via a split-time narrative, we see the journey to discover Noah’s identity and the events that transpired between Emma and Noah.
Debut author Starr Ayers dreamed up this story after discovering letters from an unknown man named Noah while cleaning out her mother’s things after her death. As the author set about discovering the answers to who Noah was, For the Love of Emma was born. I love that the contents of the letters are the same as those her mother had received, even though the remainder of the details are all fiction.
Emma and Noah’s story is so beautiful and tragic, filled with surprises and challenges.
Noah was so charming – I loved his intensity. He never seemed to do things halfway. Especially loving Emma. Their courtship was rapid and so very sweet despite being wrapped in hardship and sadness.
Emma had wonderful women of faith around her, encouraging her through hard times with prayers and wisdom from the Scriptures. They taught her to keep her eyes on Jesus and to trust Him always, even when things look bad.
Don’t be misled by the mention of hardships. This is not a depressing story by any stretch. There is plenty of hope and faith and romance to warm any heart.
I was surprised to see this is the first book in a new series after I had finished reading it. The ending is satisfying and matters are wrapped up neatly. And yet, it appears that Emma’s story will continue. I’m looking forward to learning more when it comes out next year!
Readers who enjoy Christian fiction with some romance will want to read For the Love of Emma.