Em & Me

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Pub Date 03 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2022

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‘Glorious!’ CLARE POOLEY
‘Beautiful, uplifting and deeply moving’ FREYA SAMPSON

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Saving Missy

A mother.
A daughter.
A secret waiting to be discovered.

For too long – since the sudden death of her mother as a teenager, since the birth of her daughter, Em, when she was just seventeen – Delphine has been unable to let go of the past, obsessed with protecting Em and clinging to a secret that could ruin everything. She’s been living life in safe shades of grey.

The day that Delphine finally stands up for herself is the day that changes everything.

Delphine begins to remember what it’s like to want more: rediscovering her singing voice, opening herself to friendship, and reviving not only her mother’s roots, but her mother’s memories. As her life begins to fill with colour, can she be brave for herself and for Em? And what would happen if she finally told the truth?

A big-hearted, hopeful novel about finding second chances – and taking them.

‘Glorious!’ CLARE POOLEY
‘Beautiful, uplifting and deeply moving’ FREYA SAMPSON


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Beth Morrey of Saving Missy fame is back with her latest release Em & Me. I eagerly snapped up this one for review after adoring Saving Missy, and I was pleasantly rewarded with another beautiful book.
Em & Me brought out all the feels as it followed Delphine Jones, a young mum trying to keep her life together after the tragic death of her mum while she was a teenager and the struggles of her grief-stricken father. Delphine is a strong young woman trying to be a role model to her tween daughter Em, despite the many hurdles that are put in her way.
After missing out on so many things it might just be Delphine’s time to grasp the lifelines that get thrown her way and take a chance on life, love and existing outside the four walls that have shaped her for over a decade.
A glorious uplifting story, it warmed my heart and may have even brought a tear to my eye, it is one I will recommend to anyone who will listen, but set aside some time as you will not want to put it down.
Thank you to Netgalley and Harpercollins Australia for this early reading copy it was absolutely delightful.

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This is a heartrending tale about motherhood, transformation and love by Beth Morrey. It is hard to put down! I enjoyed it better than her first one, because I found that one a bit miserable.
At the beginning of the book, Delphine is a young woman in her twenties with a daughter, working as a waitress, and looking after her father. Her dreams have sadly passed her by, all because of a love affair at a young age. When Delphine is fired, she starts a new journey, one which leads her back into the traumas of her past, and concerns her relationship with her daughter.

Does Delphine have the courage to stay on this difficult journey?

This is such a moving book, even more so than the first one. I loved it, and I like the fact that Cambridge plays a big role in both books.

I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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‘Em and Me’ follows the story of Delphine who, after family tragedy as a young teen, has spent much of her life putting others first. Now in her twenties, she dreams of a better life for herself and her daughter. Throughout the novel, Delphine learns to prioritise herself and the positive effects that following your dreams can have on your relationships with others. Morrey focuses on the character’s self development with the romance secondary, giving the story substance.

Beth Morrey has followed up the heartfelt ‘Saving Missy’ with an equally heartfelt story about love and family. I liked the symbolism of the title and the characterisation of each individual in the story.

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Em & Me is an excellent read, and it came along at a time when the stresses of the festive season make you yearn for an easy and entertaining read. This was both, and was the ideal distraction for me.
I adored the characters in this book. The main female character is a woman named Delphine who had her daughter Em at the age of just 17. They live with Delphine's father, who hasn't been the same since the loss of his wife.
Delphine has put a lot of things on hold since becoming a mother, but slowly begins to find herself again and opens herself up to new possibilities and adventures. There are some touching moments and some funny moments too. I would highly recommend this book, and I've since placed a reservation for Saving Missy (the author's other novel) from my local library as I would like to read more of Beth Morrey's work.

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