The First Emma by Camille Di Maio Book Review
Books,  Fiction,  Historical Fiction

The First Emma by Camille Di Maio

The First Emma by Camille Di Maio Book Review
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Inspired by true events 1914 - Young bride Emma Koehler dreams of a happy marriage and a simple life with her husband, but her hopes are quickly dashed by Otto’s obsession with his business. Though they become one of the wealthiest couples in the country – a fortune made on beer, mining, and hospitality - Emma is lonely in their stone mansion, unable to have children and unable to keep his attentions at home. When…

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The First Emma by Camille Di Maio is a Wonderful Historical Fiction Novel Set in Texas

Mabel finds herself in a dead end job is actively looking for new stars Desperately, she answers an ad for a personal secretary. She up & travels halfway across the country for this new opportunity. She lands in San Antonio, TX of all places.

Her job as a secretary is really transcribing a memoir. Emma has led quite a life. As she works closely with Emma to put her memories & ideas on paper, their lives become intertwined. Over time, Mabel becomes part of the family.

As Mabel is putting the memoir together, she is racing against time. Emma’s memory is fading. This makes Mabel anxious about getting it all down. Quickly, she begins to seek out answers from other family members. Truly, Emma’s story is incredible.


The First Emma is a really well written dual timeline novel featuring strong female chancres. As I turn the pages, I’m captivated & enthralled in Emma’s journey. I highly recommend this story.

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