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In the lush farmland just south of Duluth, Minnesota, on a wistful day in the garden 24-year-old wife and mother, Emma, lets her gaze wander and in that instant her toddler, Jonah, slips into a muddy pond. Emma throws herself in after him and the next thing she knows they are being pulled to shore by a charismatic grifter just up from Texas and looking for field work. But is Brooks Davis looking for more?
Emma has always played her life safe choosing marriage to Nathaniel and a baby over a job off the farm in the fast-growing city of Minneapolis. But now, after losing her only child and her own brush with death, she wonders if her days of routine chores, canning pickles and milking cows can ever be enough.
Emma is strangely drawn to Brooks for saving her life. His presence during the harvest is like a bolt of lightning – exciting at a distance, but dangerous close up. In the hopes of renewing Emma’s spirits, Nathaniel convinces her to take a shopping weekend with her spirited only sister, Jo, and deposit their harvest bonus in their bank near The Hotel Duluth where the sisters will stay. Emma gets caught up in the joy that has disappeared from her life and forgets to make the deposit. When Brooks shows up in the hotel bar and when cocktails infuse her pent up emotions of guilt and grief, she overdrinks. Brooks helps a woozy Emma to her room igniting a spark between them, but before they can make love, Emma passes out. The following morning, she awakens to discover that Brooks has taken off with their hard-earned cash. When Nathaniel goes after Brooks it kicks off a string of events that push the changing foundation of Emma’s marriage to the breaking point.
Emma is faced with a risky choice: rediscover the vibrant girl she used to be and chance blowing the lid off her safe but somewhat stagnant marriage, or stay in the hum-drum of her life and watch her spirit slowly fade away.
Emma’s Folly is a story of survival after tragedy opens the flood gates on a marriage drifting toward the mundane and of the ability of love to renew and heal beyond what has been lost. Upmarket commercial, women’s fiction complete at 96,066 words. I have previously published two other novels that can be found on Amazon. Thank you for your consideration.