Review: Embracing Emma by Leigh Ann Lunsford


Title: Embracing Emma
Author: Leigh Ann Lunsford
Rating: ★★★

Genre: Contemporary Romance



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William Jacobs was chosen—adopted at a young age and thrust into a lifestyle he knew nothing about. Emma Nichols was the girl next door . . . his atlas in the turbulent life he had to navigate.

In their small town, beliefs vary and hatred can take the forefront.

She sees things as they are: right and wrong—black or white. He looks at all abstracts of life trying to find the easiest path.

Their lives are connected in every facet. Family, school, love . . . they don’t know where one begins and the other ends, and it’s just the way they like it. Tragedy, hatred, loss, and distance threaten them, but those things won’t tear them apart.

One night, something unforgivable happens. They find themselves on the same side fighting opposite battles. She can’t erase the pain, and he can’t right his wrongs, but he’ll die trying to avenge the act of violence and make her see the truth.




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*** 5 beautiful stars ***

This is a beautiful story about 2 young teenagers going through the trials and struggles of young love. They have grown up with each other and Emma and William are all the other knows. They know they wouldn’t ever have anyone else be it for them. This is so much more than your typical high school relationship thus far. William was adopted, and has 2 fathers, & plays on the football team. He then has to be subjected to the bullying of his peers. He let’s a lot of it go. However Emma, doesn’t like it one bit. She is solely black and white and no in between. This starts to cause problems for them, as she begins to get inside Williams head.

Now that they find themselves fighting opposite battles, they aren’t side by side anymore, and this rips them both apart. How can they live without the other. They are all the other knows. Since they were kids, they grew up together, were always together, and now they are seeing life in different ways. William thinks he is protecting Emma. Emma thinks Will is being a pushover. No matter what the other does, they are too stubborn to see past the truth, and it’s easy to point blame.

I have to say this author KILLED ME with this book. I usually love angst and turmoil. But here, NO, I could not handle it. For some reason I couldn’t continue, I didn’t want to see them NOT together even though I knew they would get a HEA, It was still in my head, that there was sadness to come and I could not keep going. I’ve NEVER done this before. Never, so idk why It happened. But it did with this book. For 2 weeks. I have not been able to read another book. I have not been able to pick this up and keep reading. I was scared for what was to come when I got to a certain point. Last night I picked it up and read. I just read and read and read. Until I finished it.

I have no idea what took me so long. I should have finished it 2 weeks ago. But I felt so attuned to the characters feelings, I couldn’t bare the heartache I thought was going to happen. I got into my head too much, and missed out on 2 weeks of reading because of this beautifully written book. Seriously amazing. This is the PERFECT companion novel to Brisé. If you loved Brisé, you no doubt will love this. READ THIS BOOK. You won’t regret it.


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Leigh Ann Lunsford is a stay at home mom turned author. She writes Romance/New Adult and loves her happily ever after in all books and movies. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs in Fleming Island, Florida. When she isn’t writing or reading you can find her stuck in front of really bad reality shows or watching Sons of Anarchy. Leigh Ann has a filthy mouth and a huge amount of sarcasm that knows no end. She hopes to give the voices in her head an outlet with many more novels to come.






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