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Praise for Emelle Gamble
"Secret Sister is one of those books that leaves you re-thinking everything you once believed...I cannot recommend Secret sister strong enough for those of you that enjoy a book that not only touches your heart but has you tingling in anticipation for whatever comes next." Fresh Fiction - Fresh Reviews

"If you're looking for a typical women's fiction/romance, don't look here...Secret Sister has a twist of the paranormal ... Emelle Gamble has created a story that will tear your heart out. " Long and Short Reviews

"MOLLY HARPER ...is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be my last! Ms. Gamble does a wonderful job of drawing these characters and making them just leap off the page."  Long and Short Reviews

"I rarely gush over a book these days. I read at least one, sometimes two books a day and so I can be hard to move. But, this one really got to me... you do not want to miss... Molly Harper."  Clue Review

"MOLLY HARPER... keeps you glued to the Kindle for the duration. Prepare to lose some sleep and keep a box of tissues on hand!"  Andi's Book Reviews

From the Author

My Most Memorable Day....August 14, 1982
 
This is the day I became a mother for the first time. My beautiful girl was born in a hospital in Southern California. The sun was shining, the hills were glorious, my husband was smiling like he was about to collect his winnings from the Lotto.
 
After a ten hour induced labor (that's it for the gory details, except let me say this to all the Lamaze teachers in the world who say, "It's not pain, it's discomfort"... "You Lie" - HA!) Olivia Rose was laid on my stomach. She was perfect and pink and wrinkly, shiny and thoughtful from her first breath. Her eyes met mine and I fell completely in love. Forever. And my very first coherent thought was, "It wouldn't matter at all if she was adopted..."
 
Now I am sure you are thinking, wait, what? A woman goes through nine months of pregnancy, complete with swollen ankles, nausea and an inability to wait more than one hour to visit the lady's loo...and then spends ten hours in labor while her husband holds her hand and eats the lunch the nice hospital lady delivered (not bitter much, am I?)...and her first thought was that if that sweet little bundle was adopted, she wouldn't feel any less love?
 
Yes, that's what I'm saying.
 
My mom, Lorraine, married a wonderful man, Richard, when I was six. He legally adopted me and they went on to have two children together. We were a solid, happy family, complete with summer trips and giggly Christmas eves and support every day of our lives from two parents who brought us up with optimism and love. We weren't perfect, in fact, we had some very dysfunctional attributes related to my adoption, but we were good with a capital G.
 
However, despite this Leave It To Beaver kind of family life, I felt (for the most part subconsciously), that because I was not my Dad's 'natural' child, that I might be loved in a different or lesser way than he loved his other two children. I thought that for a long, long time. Until August 14, 1982.
 
But in that second that I reached out and  touched my daughter, and the doctor said, "it's a healthy baby girl" and Phil-the-fist and I were given this child to cherish for the rest of our lives, I understood parenthood, and family, and love like I never had before. And I knew my Dad had never loved me less, and that the children one adopts grow in your heart the same way the ones you birth do, because they are yours from that first moment.
 
That day was the beginning of the novel MOLLY HARPER. I didn't conceive of or plan on writing that book until about twenty-five years after that day my daughter was born.  But that's writers for you. One day something happens, a seed is planted in our minds and then a story begins to grow.  We weave real life, personal issues, 'what if' and our view of the world into a story that is uniquely ours, but one we hope will touch readers who feel the truth in it.
 
I hope you get a chance to meet the mothers and daughter and sons and lovers in MOLLY HARPER, and that your life is enriched a little by my most memorable day. While adoption is not the biggest theme in this book, it is an important one underlying many of the character's lives, and I'd love to hear from any reader what they thoughts are on how I handled it.
 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495437701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495437700
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,786,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Jones VINE VOICE on February 23, 2014
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I received a FREE copy of Molly Harper in exchange for my honest review.

In fact I received the copy around noon on a Saturday. I am recovering from knee surgery and had just over done on the knee. I needed a book that would keep my attention and keep me off of my feet for the afternoon. Molly Harper was perfect. I was drawn into the story from the first page. While the novel has romantic elements the main story is about three very different women and how their lives are connected by something 35 years in the past. I loved all three. Anne Sullivan is strong and trying to start a new life after losing her husband. Molly Harper is a movie star whose public life is unraveling and secrets from her past are changing her private life. Norma Wintz has kept a secret for 35 years and now that secret has to be told. I loved how the story progressed. As I read each woman’s story I became more and more invested in the book and my knee got a much-needed rest. I loved the story and I think Molly Harper is a book that most women would enjoy. One problem to watch – Molly Harper is also a popular author’s name so when you go to find the book don't look under the title - look under the author’s name.
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After reading the prequel, I wasn't sure if I'd really like this book, but from the beginning it grabbed my attention. At times I laughed, and at times I cried feeling the pain & betrayal our heroine Molly was going through. Let's face it, who hasn't been let down or hurt by someone we love. Molly may feel things she'll never let her public see, but even though she's a famous Hollywood actress, she puts her big girl panties on just like the rest of us. She hides her hurt from the man she loves most in the world, while trying to convince herself she can get over him by marrying another man. When that man rejects Molly for a younger woman, Molly turns to her best friend and one time love Cruz. Through more ups and downs, their relationship struggles to remain in the "just friends" category and Molly learns more about herself than she probably ever wanted to know. As with real life, Molly seeks to overcome and to find a way to be with the only man she has ever truly loved. This novel is well worth the time it takes to read it.
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I love a well-developed complex read, with enough reality to give weight to the fantasy elements so I can feel I have really lived with the characters. And this book totally delivers! There are several point-of-view characters, each with their own compelling story arc, who draw you ever deeper into the story. And true to Emelle Gamble's style (see her riveting Secret Sister) you never know where it's going to go next! Some books telegraph where they're going and the satisfaction is in getting where you thought you were going - but Emelle's books could go ANY direction and you keep turning the pages because you HAVE to know what these characters are going to do and how things will turn out!

If you like REAL, if you like great characterization, if you like a book that makes you wonder what you might do in the same situations, read MOLLY HARPER. You've got Hollywood, you've got secret babies, you've got true love - it's a veritable chocolate box of a read!
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I enjoyed this story of secrets and lies between two different families thrown together by circumstance and decisions made years earlier. Obviously I can't say what the big secret is but suffice to say that from personal experience of this topic I felt and took parts of this story personally and this made it more real for me. I understood the emotions and reactions of most of the characters even though it was uncomfortable to read sometimes. There certainly was a huge web of secrets kept in these families, leading to heartache and tension, and I thought the author portrayed them well and realistically. The only problem I had with this story was that I thought there were too many details given and too much inner dialogue in some parts that didn't add to the overall story, and, at other times, I needed more detail that we were not given, eg I would have loved to have had more back story on Molly and Cruz to help me connect with him more. I liked the multiple points of view but felt that we heard more from Anne rather than the main character and namesake of the book, Molly Harper. Because of the secret I related more to Molly and wanted to be in her head more than we were.

Overall an enjoyable read.

I received a FREE copy of Molly Harper in exchange for my honest review
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Everyone has mistakes in their life. Some may be small while others are huge. Molly Harper, her mother and this new lady have more in common than they realize. Yes, Molly is a movie star and all that entails. Her mother, Norma is an elderly, wealthy woman. Anne has just moved to California. None of these ladies could imagine how their lives will change in a very short order.

I love this book! Spectacular writing and wonderfully full and richly developed characters make this one a joy to read. I enjoyed the connection between these women and the way it was crafted in this book. We also get to see life behind the Hollywood or Beverly Hills gates. It's not as charming as we'd like to believe. The compassion, love and forgiveness are so intricately woven in this story, it's like having a soft blanket to catch you if you fall. This story just goes to show even stars have their secrets and mistakes.

I didn't find any issues here.

I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it's a wonderful story. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
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