Sunday, January 5, 2014
Book Review: Emma's Choice by Loretta Porter
Author: Loretta Porter
Enjoyment Rating: **
This book would be rated: PG
In the opening pages of Emma's Choice, twenty-eight-year-old mom Emma shares a meal at a local restaurant with her husband and two small children. While she stays behind to pay the bill, the rest of the family heads to the car, and gets killed by a texting driver in the parking lot. Emma is, understandably, blindsided by the experience, and she copes by selling all of her belongings and taking off for England, where she gets a job, makes a few friends, and learns to recreate herself as someone who is no longer a wife and mother.
While the premise of Emma's Choice is interesting, I feel that the story itself fell short of expectations. My favorite part of the book is Emma's relationship with her twin brother. He watches out for her over the year that the story unfolds, and their relationship felt real and believable. What didn't feel believable was that Emma would react to the death of her entire family by throwing everything away and taking off for England, or that her friends and family would think this was an acceptable way to behave. I was also bugged by the fact that when Emma does arrive in England, there are immediately two guys Amir and Will, who follow her around like puppy dogs and do her bidding. It's obvious that both guys are totally into her, and I'm not sure if this is the "choice" that is alluded to in the title. I wanted to see a grieving process without so much rebound involved.